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The Santa Clara River watershed knowledge base is a searchable catalog of science-based information relevant to the management, conservation, and restoration of the Santa Clara River and the surrounding watershed.  The knowledge base is essentially a bibliographic system, containing references with links to digital documents and data where available.  The knowledge base also catalogs river-related projects within the watershed, with a focus on projects that increase scientific understanding and contribute to management and restoration efforts.  Project pages contain links to relevant references in the bibliographic system, providing a "project view" of information in the knowledge base.

The database includes literature on Santa Clara River-specific and regional topics including southern steelhead, water quality, terrestrial resources, conservation planning, geomorphology and geology, and botany.  Also included are a number of primary literature references useful in providing basic conceptual understanding of riverine ecosystems.

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Stillwater Sciences
California State Coastal Conservancy
Active Santa Clara River Parkway Floodplain Restoration Feasibility Study 100%

Freeman, VM (1968). People-Land-Water: Santa Clara Valley and Oxnard Plain, Ventura County, California 100%
Weins, JA (2002). Riverine landscapes: taking landscape ecology into the water 89%
VCPWAFCD (Ventura County Public Works Agency Flood Control Department) (1994). Santa Clara River 1994 hydrology study 89%
Graf, WL (2001). Fluvial Hydrology of Regulated Rivers in the Range of the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher 88%
RBF Consulting (2007). Santa Paula Creek Watershed Planning Project: Hydrology and Hydraulic Watershed Assessment (DRAFT) 85%
Bozkurt, S, Denkens, P, Gartland, R, Gragg, J, Lawyer, J, and McGoogan, M (2000). Evaluation of Setback Levees on the Sacramento River 84%
Graf, WL, Stromberg, J, and Valentine, B (2002). Rivers, dams, and willow flycatchers: a summary of their science and policy connections 80%
Goodwin, P, Slaughter, CW, and Marbury, R (1998). Dominant Discharge as a Design Criteria in River Restoration 80%
Harris, R, and Olson, C (1997). Two-stage system for prioritizing riparian restoration at the stream reach and community scales 78%
Craig, K, Jenniches, S, Johnston, P, and Lee, J (2009). Re-imagining Access ARCS of Experience for the Santa Clara River 77%
Baird, K, Stromberg, J, and Maddock, T (2005). Linking riparian dynamics and groundwater: An eco-hydrologic approach to modeling groundwater and riparian vegetation 73%
Anderson, S, and Ambrose, R (2011). Assessment of Physical and Biological Condition of the Santa Clara River Estuary, Ventura County, California and the Environmental Effects of the City of Ventura Wastewater Reclamation Facility Discharge 60%
Duvall, A, Kirby, E, and Burbank, D (2004). Tectonic and lithologic controls on bedrock channel profiles and processes in coastal California. 56%
Lite, SJ, Bagstad, KJ, and Stromberg, JC (2005). Riparian plant species richness along lateral and longitudinal gradients of water stress and flood disturbance, San Pedro River, Arizona, USA. 55%
Ham, DG, and Church, M (2000). Bed-Material Transport Estimated From Channel Morphodynamics: Chilliwack River, British Columbia 54%
Stillwater Sciences (2007). Santa Paula Creek Watershed Planning Project: Geomorphology and Channel Stability Assessment 53%
Stromberg, JC, Bagstad, KJ, Leenhouts, JM, Lite, SJ, and Makings, E (2005). Effects of stream flow intermittency on riparian vegetation of a semiarid region river (San Pedro River, Arizona). 53%
The Nature Conservancy (2008). Conservation Plan for the Lower Santa Clara River Watershed and Surrounding Areas 53%
Harrison, LR, Keller, EA, Kelley, E, and Mertes, L (2006). Minimum Flow Requirements for Southern Steelhead Passage on the Lower Santa Clara River, CA 51%
Gabet, EJ, Reichman, OJ, and Seabloom, EW (2003). The Effects of Bioturbation on Soil Processes and Sediment Transport 49%
Ventura County Planning Division (2006). Wetland Project Permitting Guide: Permitting Stream and Wetland Projects in Ventura County and along the Santa Clara River in Los Angeles County 48%
Lite, SJ, and Stromberg, JC (2005). Surface water and ground-water thresholds for maintaining Populus - Salix forests, San Pedro River, Arizona 47%
Gaeuman, DA, Schmidt, JC, and Wilcock, PR (2003). Evaluation of in-channel gravel storage with morphology-based gravel budgets developed from planimetric data 47%
Mertes, LA, and Warrick, JA (2001). Measuring flood output from 110 coastal watersheds in California with field measurements and SeaWiFS 47%
Gabet, EJ (2003). Post-fire thin debris flows: sediment transport and numerical modelling 46%
Nanson, GC, and Croke, JC (1992). A genetic classification of floodplains 45%
The Nature Conservancy (2006). Santa Clara River - Upper Watershed Conservation Plan 43%
Gabet, EJ (2003). Sediment transport by dry ravel 43%
Harris, RR (1999). Defining Reference Conditions for Restoration of Riparian Plant Communities: Examples from California, USA 41%
Holly, BE (2011). Environmental Factors Correlated with Changes in Riparian Plant Composition along the Santa Clara River Floodplain, California 39%
AMEC Earth and Environmental (2005). Santa Clara River Enhancement and Management Plan. Final Document. 38%
Hawkins, CP, Bartz, KL, and Neale, CM (1997). Vulnerability of riparian vegetation to catastrophic flooding: Implications for riparian restoration 38%
Hooke, J (2003). Coarse sediment connectivity in river channel systems: a conceptual framework and methodology 38%
Coffman, GC, Ambrose, RF, and Rundel, PW (2010). Wildfire promotes dominance of invasive giant reed (Arundo donax) in riparian ecosystems 37%
Eaton, BC, and Lapointe, MF (2001). Effects of large floods on sediment transport and reach morphology in the cobble-bed Sainte Marguerite River 37%
Ventura County Planning Division (2006). Guide to Native and Invasive Streamside Plants: Restoring Riparian Habitats in Ventura County & along the Santa Clara River in Los Angeles County 37%
Downs, P, McCarthy, J, and Su, Y (2010). SESPE CREEK HYDROLOGY, HYDRAULICS, AND SEDIMENTATION ANALYSIS: Watershed Assessment of Hillslope and River Geomorphic Processes 36%
Bendix, J, and Hupp, CR (2000). Hydrological and geomorphological impacts on riparian plant communities 36%
Stromberg, JC (2001). Influence of stream flow regime and temperature on growth rate of the riparian tree, Platanus wrightii , in Arizona 36%
Hauer, FR, and Lorang, MS (2004). River regulation, decline of ecological resources, and potential for restoration in a semi-arid lands river in the western US. 35%
Drezner, TD, Fall, PL, and Stromberg, JC (2001). Plant distribution and dispersal mechanisms at the Hassayampa River Preserve , Arizona , USA 35%
ESA (Environmental Science Associates) (2003). McGrath State Beach Natural Resources Management Plan 35%
, A (2009). Hydrologic Modeling of the Santa Clara River Watershed with the U.S. EPA Hydrologic Simulation Program - FORTRAN (HSPF) 33%
Stillwater Sciences (2011). Geomorphic Assessment of the Santa Clara River Watershed, Synthesis of the Lower and Upper Watershed Studies, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, California, Final Report 33%
Gilman, R, Abell, RA, and Williams, CE (2004). How can conservation biology inform the practice of Integrated River Basin Management? 32%
ENTRIX, Inc (2004). VWRF Discharge Beneficial Uses on the Distribution and Utilization of Santa Clara River Estuary Tidewater Goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi) 32%
, R (2009). Santa Paula Creek Watershed Assessment and Steelhead Restoration Plan 32%
Lavé, J, and Burbank, D (2004). Denudation processes and rates in the Transverse Ranges, southern California: erosional response of a transitional landscape to external and anthropogenic forcing. 31%
Dvorsky, JR (2000). The influence of valley morphology and coarse sediment distribution on rainbow trout populations in Sespe Creek, California at the landscape scale 29%
Puckett, LK, and Villa, NA (1985). Lower Santa Clara River Steelhead Study (Final Report) 28%
Shafroth, PB, Stromberg, JC, and Patten, DT (2002). Riparian vegetation response to altered disturbance and stress regimes 28%
Aquatic Bioassay and Consulting Laboratories (2004). Santa Clara River Estuary Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment Monitoring. Annual Report 2003 28%
Stoecker, M, and Kelley, E (2005). Santa Clara River Steelhead Trout: Assessment and Recovery Opportunities. 26%
Kelley, E (2008). Steelhead Trout Smolt Survival in the Santa Clara and Santa Ynez River Estuaries 25%
Stillwater Sciences (2011). Assessment of Geomorphic Processes for the Upper Santa Clara River Watershed Los Angeles County, California 24%
Kelley, E (2004). Information Synthesis and Priorities Regarding Steelhead Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) on the Santa Clara River 22%
Nautilus Environmental (2005). Comprehensive Analysis of Enhancements and Impacts Associated with Discharge of Treated Effluent from the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility to the Santa Clara River Estuary 21%
San Francisco Estuarine Institue (2011). Historical Ecology of the lower Santa Clara River, Ventura River, and Oxnard Plain: an analysis of terrestrial, riverine, and coastal habitats 18%
ENTRIX, Inc. (2002). Resident Species Study, Santa Clara River Estuary, Ventura Water Reclamation Facility NPDES Permit No. CA0053651, CI-1822 15%
Coffman, GC (2007). Factors Influencing Invasion of Giant Reed (Arundo donax) in Riparian Ecosystems of Mediterranean-type Climate Regions (PhD thesis) 13%
Stillwater Sciences (2011). Santa Clara River Parkway Levee Setback Assessment of the Lower Santa Clara River, Ventura County, California - Implications for Flood Risk Management and Ecological Benefit 13%
Stillwater Sciences (2008). Santa Clara River Parkway: Floodplain Restoration Feasibility Study 13%
Stillwater Sciences (2007). Santa Clara River Parkway Floodplain Restoration Feasibility Study: Analysis of Riparian Vegetation Dynamics for the Lower Santa Clara River and Major Tributaries, Ventura County, California. 8%
Stillwater Sciences (2007). Santa Clara River Parkway Floodplain Restoration Feasibility Study: Assessment of Geomorphic Processes 6%
Stillwater Sciences (2007). Santa Clara River Parkway Floodplain Restoration Feasibility Study: Focal Species Analysis and Habitat Characterization for the Lower Santa Clara River and Major Tributaries, Ventura County, California. 2%

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