BEF WRC Portfolio
Securing legal agreements and partnerships to keep water in streams and rivers. Protects water to ensure environmental and social benefits.
Restoring natural hydrologic processes benefits native species and wetlands
Reservoir operations on Flat Creek historically restricted river flows during critical dry periods of the year—especially during drought periods when flows in Flat Creek were often entirely or severely depleted. Project partners, including American Rivers, are working to identify changes to reservoir management to sign
Bringing water back to dry creek beds for fish, wildlife and people to enjoy
Prickly Pear Creek had gone dry over the past century as a result of increased irrigation needs. Today, this project provides enough water for Prickly Pear Creek to maintain connectivity throughout the irrigation season—for the first time leaving natural flow in Prickly Pear Creek during the late summer season. The project restores approximately two river miles of additional useable habitat for fish and wildlife.
Creating essential aquatic habitat where it is needed most
The San Saba River in the Texas Hill Country is a cornerstone of the regional economy, lifestyle, and cultural identity. Water scarcity driven by more frequent and prolonged drought conditions as well as increased development have resulted in reduced streamflow. Environmental Water Transactions (EWTs), are an important conservation tool for restoring and maintaining flow in Texas rivers in the face of rising water demands and scarcity.
Investing in water restoration solutions in the midst of Utah’s most intense and severe drought
The Jordan River Flow Restoration project focuses on Environmental Water Transactions (EWTs), as an important conservation tool for restoring and maintaining flow in the Jordan River to Farmington Bay of Great Salt Lake in Utah. Water transaction efforts in this section of the Jordan River are year-round industrial and municipal water rights.
Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Support Critical Water Security in Arizona
The CRIT have lands that stretch along 56 miles of the lower Colorado River, and the CRIT Farm is an extensive 2700 acre holding. Irrigation infrastructure on the CRIT lands is in need of upgrading, and the CRIT are implementing a number of projects including precision drip irrigation that will improve water delivery systems and a canal lining project will increase efficiency and reduce water loss.
Providing critical habitat to migrating shorebirds
Through innovative practices such as the flooding, gradual drawdown of seasonal wetlands during spring, and water rights transactions, the project will provide 2,000 acres of crucial habitat for peak shorebird migration.
Using new tools to manage, store and deliver water during critical times of the year
Trout Unlimited is leading a partnership with agencies, farmers and water managers to increase habitat for fish and provide important economic and community benefits for residents in the region. Innovative partnerships and projects like this demonstrate how water supplies can be managed to meet the needs of the rivers, economies, and communities.
Preserving an iconic Central Oregon river for wildlife, recreation and communities
Thanks to partnerships between the Deschutes River Conservancy and local irrigation districts, new solutions have been developed to restore over 115 cubic feet per second of flow to the Middle Deschutes during the summer months. Water leasing agreements with irrigators keeps the river flowing, fostering a healthy ecosystem for people, plants and wildlife.
Restore Natural Systems
Supporting interventions to return freshwater systems to their natural function, providing cleaner, more abundant water, and improves habitat in meadows, wetlands, and rivers.
Small meadow garners big impacts when returned to nature
Nestled at 6800 ft elevation in the Sierra Nevadas lies the headwaters of the Middle Fork Cosumnes River in the beautiful Foster Meadow. A small and diverse meadow ecosystem, the 27-acre project area includes degraded reaches of the river to be restored, and functional reaches to conserve. The natural hydrology of the meadow has been altered by over 100 years of channel modifications, and intensive livestock use and road building. By reintroducing native soils and meadow plants that resist erosion and promote rainfall infiltration, implementing habitat diversity and varying water depths through creation of islands, peninsulas, and off-channel and in-forest habitat, as well as habitat connectivity, water quality and timing of flows will be improved and aquatic and terrestrial habitats onsite and downstream enhanced.
Farmers and conservationists work together to improve water quality in the Chattahoochee River Basin
This is one of the most ecologically diverse river basins in Georgia, with varied landscapes and a high diversity of fish, mussels, reptiles, and amphibians, which are increasingly threatened by both local and global stressors. In 2016, the Appalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF Basin) was listed as one of the most endangered in the U.S. by American Rivers’ national ranking. The Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) is working with a host of regional partners to implement agricultural best management practices to restore riparian zone, reduce nutrient runoff, and improve spring flow and overall ecological condition.
Improving conservation to use water more efficiently in cities or on farms. Modernizes outdated systems to stop leaks and wasted water.
Updating irrigation systems with modern technology provides gateway to major water savings
The Mason Lane Automated Headgate project will replace an outdated and inefficient irrigation diversion system with a modern, automated headgate system. The new headgate will allow irrigators to more precisely control the amount of water that they divert out of Oak Creek and into the Mason Lane ditch
ACR - American Carbon Registry
BFRS - BEF Flow Restoration Standard
CAR - Climate Action Reserve
Green-e Energy® - Certified by the Center for Resource Solutions
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Project Verifier
Various - Applicable global standard
VCS - Verified Carbon Standard
Watercourse Engineering - Project Verifier