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.

Project Name
Region
Description
Standard /
Verification*
15-Mile Reach, Colorado River
Colorado

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
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
Flat Creek
USA (Georgia)

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

Watercourse Engineering
Jordan River
USA (Utah)

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.

Watercourse Engineering
Merced County Seasonal Wetland
Merced County, CA

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.

BFRS, Watercourse Engineering
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.

Project Name
Region
Description
Standard /
Verification*
Foster Meadow Habitat
USA (California)

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.

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
Improve Efficiency

Improving conservation to use water more efficiently in cities or on farms. Modernizes outdated systems to stop leaks and wasted water.

Project Name
Region
Description
Standard /
Verification*
Mason Lane Headgate
USA (Arizona)

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

Watercourse Engineering
Verde River – Tres Brisas Ranch
USA (Arizona)

Farmers and conservationists work together to improve water quality in North Central Arizona

Arizona’s Verde River and its tributaries are a critical desert resource that supplies 30-40% of the surface water for the metro Phoenix area, supports agriculture, recreation, and provides fish and wildlife habitat. Serving as a model for other irrigators throughout the basin, the Tres Brisas irrigation modernization project is expected to bolster the productivity of the ranch while reducing on farm water use and benefitting an estimated 1.5 miles of the Verde River.

Watercourse Engineering
*Standard/Verification Key:

ACR - American Carbon Registry

BFRS - BEF Flow Restoration Standard

CAR - Climate Action Reserve

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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