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Stream Centerlines for the Shasta River, CA


To accomplish the objectives laid out in the Summary, several products were developed: Stream Centerline with Route Index This product consists of line geometries that were digitized from a combination of data sources. The principle source was an intensity raster produced from LiDAR data collected by Watershed Sciences, Inc., in Feb. 2008. The secondary source was a vector contour set from the contractor-delivered elevation model, which was used to determine the lowest elevations associated with the mapped channel boundary. The river centerline adhered to these two inputs to maintain internal consistency with the LiDAR point cloud.Two center lines were developed; one describes the main stem Shasta River while the other includes the [...]

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This analysis was completed around Jan. 2012 for the Shasta River and one of its tributaries, Big Springs Creek. The purpose of this analysis is to help restoration practitioners identify areas that are most suitable for willow tree plantings, which provide numerous benefits to riparian areas, including shade, stream cooling, and bank stability. This analysis is comprised of several models. First, the Relative Elevation Surface Model was developed to create a DEM that is normalized to the elevation of the surface water in the immediate vicinity. In other words, a river is always running downhill, so the elevation of the surface water is always decreasing as you move downstream. This first model essentially flattens out the river, and uses those small incremental changes in elevation to normalize the adjacent bank elevations, so that a given point at one location on the stream bank can be directly compared to a point at a different location downstream. The Relative Elevation Surface Model was then used to develop a Willow Planting Suitability Model, which categorizes each pixel of stream bank along the waterways as suitable, marginal, or unsuitable for willow survival, depending on the elevation of the bank relative to the water surface. Finally, a Solar Loading Model was developed to indicate which portions of the waterways were exposed to the most sun on the summer solstice (i.e. the longest day of the year). In other words, the model identifies areas that have the least riparian vegetation that would otherwise provide shade to the water surface for at least part of the day. This can be used to identify areas along the stream where the shade from newly-planted willow trees would provide maximum benefit in terms of stream cooling. Thus, we identify where willow trees are most likely to survive, and where they are needed the most to support water temperature reduction. The intersection of these models can be used to identify the highest priority planting areas based on this logic.


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  • Pacific Southwest Region, Region 8
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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dateUploadedThu Feb 26 16:26:01 MST 2015
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