BEF WRC Portfolio

BEF WRC Portfolio

Restore Flows

Securing legal agreements and partnerships to keep water in streams and rivers. Protects water to ensure environmental and social benefits.

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San Pedro River
Tucson, AZ

Working with ranchers to improve and restore flows for nature

Despite its great ecological importance, the San Pedro River suffers from chronic low flows that result in part from extensive over pumping and use of groundwater, negatively affecting vegetation and reducing habitat along the river banks to support fish and wildlife. The Arizona Land and Water Trust developed an innovative agreement with a rancher to explore new ways to reduce ground water pumping and bolster flows to support San Pedro River habitat.

BFRS, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Water Trust Mill Creek
Sacramento Valley, CA

Enhancing wetland habitat for migratory birds and salmon runs in Northern California

Mill Creek is a major salmon-supporting tributary to the Sacramento River. This creek regularly goes dry during summer months when all the natural flow is diverted for agriculture.The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is leading efforts to restore and protect instream flows on priority river systems that will create and enhance wetland habitat for migratory birds in the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

BFRS, Watercourse Engineering
Upper Rio Grande
Southeast CO

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.

BFRS, Watercourse Engineering
Middle Deschutes River
Central OR

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.

BFRS, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
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.

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15-Mile Reach, Colorado River

Protecting fish and providing power to this critical stretch of the Colorado River

Forty million people in the Southwestern U.S. rely on the Colorado River as a primary source of drinking water in addition to extensive agricultural and industrial uses, and the 15-Mile Reach is home to four federally endangered fish species.t Through an innovative partnership, the Colorado Water Trust is able to secure water from upstream sources and deliver it to the Grand Valley Power Plant to produce hydropower. Once the water has cycled through the plant, it will be released back to the 15-Mile Reach during critical times to support the native endangered fish species

Watercourse Engineering
Hillabahatchee Creek Basin
Northeast GA

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.

BFRS, Watercourse Engineering
*Standard/Verification Key:

ACR - American Carbon Registry

BFRS - BEF Flow Restoration Standard

CAR - Climate Action Reserve

CSA - CSA Registries (Canada)

Green-e Energy® - Certified by the Center for Resource Solutions

GS - Gold Standard

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Project Verifier

Various - Applicable global standard

VCS - Verified Carbon Standard

Watercourse Engineering - Project Verifier

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