RDG regularly completes watershed and geomorphic assessments for restoration planning. Assessment complexity varies according to our clients' goals. From watershed master plan development to smaller reach-scale assessments, we apply our remote sensing expertise and field data collection methods to determine likely historical conditions, characterize existing conditions, and predict future river corridor conditions under varying management scenarios. To maximize the usefulness of assessment findings for our clients, we typically offer recommendations for addressing limiting factors. Recommendations often take the form or restoration alternatives that may range from passive land management changes to more aggressive habitat enhancement and channel reconstruction actions.
RDG supports master plan development for directing large scale water quality and aquatic habitat restoration efforts in target watersheds. The master plan process requires evaluating the entire watershed and prioritizing restoration projects in an effort to maximize the environmental return on each restoration project dollar spent. Master plans typically serve as the guidance document for addressing watershed impairment and developing strategies for restoring physical, chemical, and biological watershed processes.
Since 2003, RDG has assisted or solely completed master plan assessments on river systems in Montana, Idaho, and Oregon. These efforts have often led to additional restoration planning and culminated in restoration design implementation. Example watershed scale planning efforts have been completed or are on-going on the Clark Fork River and Jocko River (Montana), the Kootenai River (Idaho), and the Sandy River, Salmon River, and Willamette River (Oregon).description for Watershed and Geomorphic Assessments.