BEF WRC Portfolio
Securing legal agreements and partnerships to keep water in streams and rivers. Protects water to ensure environmental and social benefits.
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.
Protecting salmon on their journey from birth to the sea
French Creek is a critical habitiat for Chinook, Coho, and Steelhead trout. The development and negotiation of long-term water transfers during low flow periods by leasing water in French Creek improves groundwater and surface water resources needed for healthy salmonids during the late summer months.
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.
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.
Creative solutions transform water flows from a trickle to a roar
Colorado Water Trust and the City of Aspen innovated conservation and alternative water supplies to keep the river at levels above critical thresholds to maintain fish, wildlife and water quality even in the midst of drought.
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.
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.
Irrigation modernization balances the needs of communities, economies and rivers
The Flint River Basin is home to some of the greatest aquatic biodiversity in North America and also provides water and farmland for some of the region’s most productive farms. The project, led by the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, is a collaborative effort with regional farmers directed at ecologically critical areas that provides funding, outreach, and technical support necessary to modernize irrigation systems, maximize crop production, reduce water use, and restore flows in important areas throughout the lower Flint River Basin.
ACR - American Carbon Registry
BFRS - BEF Flow Restoration Standard
CAR - Climate Action Reserve
CCB - Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards
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