DIY Guides

The OAEC WATER Institute has written up the following guides to help citizens, landowners, agencies and decision makers implement useful techniques to restore and protect the watersheds we live in and include extensive resource lists. Many of these reports describe projects we designed and installed as part of our conservation hydrology demonstration site at OAEC.

Beaver In California: Creating a Culture of Stewardship

A 30-page WATER Institute booklet about the history, ecology, benefits and restoration of beaver in California. (Version 2.0 June 2016). Contact us at (707) 874-1557 x 101 to purchase a full-color copy $10

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Basins of Relations

Basins of Relations – A Citizen’s Guide to Protecting and Restoring Our Watersheds

A 20-page WATER Institute booklet for individuals to educate themselves and for those working to educate others about the myriad issues facing our watersheds and the steps we can take to preserve them. (2nd Edition 2008)

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Koi Pond OAEC WATER Publication

Garden Koi Pond With Bio-Filtration System

The following is the text and photos from a booklet written by the WATER Institute in 2007 and updated in 2011. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.

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Rooftwater Harvesting California

Roofwater Harvesting In California: Obstacles and Opportunities

A 23-page WATER Institute report on roofwater harvesting in California (2011). The following is the text and photos from a report written by the WATER Institute in 2011. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.

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Heating Water with the Sun - OAEC WATER Publication

Heating Water With The Sun

A 10-page WATER Institute how-to on solar hot water heating. The following is the text and photos from a booklet written by the WATER Institute in 2009. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.

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Legal Graywater OAEC WATER Publication

Legal Graywater Design for Small Scale Applications in California

An 11-page WATER Institute how-to on two legal graywater designs for residential applications. The following is the text and photos from a report written by the WATER Institute in 2010. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.

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Stormwater Retention System - OAEC WATER Publication

Integrated Stormwater Retention System

A 20-page WATER Institute report on rural stormwater management (2012).

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Low Cost Roofwater System For Agricultural Supply

An 11-page WATER Institute how-to on this simple agricultural roofwater catchment design. The following is the text and photos from a booklet written by the WATER Institute in 2011. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.

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Roof Water Harvesting for a Low Impact Water Supply

A 27-page WATER Institute how-to on simple residential roofwater harvesting systems at OAEC. The following is the text and photos from a booklet written by the WATER Institute in 2008. Feel free to download this booklet and share the information widely.

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Collaborations

To achieve both behavioral and systemic change, the WATER Institute has cultivated strategic partnerships with community-based organizations, agencies and centers of governance in both the rural and the urban areas of Northern California. The following publications are a product of these collaborative efforts.

Dutch Bill Creek Streamflow Improvement Plan

This Streamflow Improvement plan (SIP), written by the Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership, is a roadmap for prioritizing and implementing streamflow improvement projects with multiple public benefits and a diversity of approaches within OAEC’s home watershed of Dutch Bill Creek.

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Restoring Summer Base Flow with Decentralized Water Management

Peer-reviewed scientific article. "Restoring Summer Base Flow under a Decentralized Water Management Regime: Constraints, Opportunities, and Outcomes in Mediterranean-Climate California" by OAEC WATER Institute Director, Brock Dolman and University of Florida researcher Matthew W. Deitch. Published in Water -Open Access Journal. Keywords: Mediterranean climate adaptation; coastal California; salmon restoration; water abstraction; hydrologic variability; streamflow seasonality; drought; human–environment interactions

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Beaver Dam in Sierra Nevadas

Novel Physical Evidence that Beaver were Native to the Sierra Nevada

This paper brings to light the buried beaver dam wood that was dug up in Sierra’s in the late 80’s and carbon dated to 580, 1730 and 1850 A.D. This is significant because it serves as scientific proof that beaver occurred in the Sierras before European settlers arrived (2012).

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Habitat Enhancement in Salmon Creek Estuary

Habitat Enhancement in the Salmon Creek Estuary

The purpose of the Salmon Creek Estuary Habitat Structures Project is to improve habitat in the lower Salmon Creek estuary through installation of large wood structures and floating willow rafts. The instream habitat structures will provide refuge areas for salmonids and other aquatic species during high flows and cover from predation during low flow periods.

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Salmon Creek Estuary Study

Salmon Creek Estuary Study

The Salmon Creek Watershed Council and OAEC received a grant to investigate the physical condition and functioning of the Salmon Creek tidal estuary, assess upstream factors that directly affect critical habitat in the estuary, collect historical information and develop recommendations to enhance habitat (2004).

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Salmon Creek Water Conservation Plan

The Salmon Creek Water Conservation Program (SCWCP) is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder effort focused on developing alternative water supply solutions that support human needs while protecting and restoring instream flows for fish and wildlife (2010).

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Slow It. Spread It. Sink It.

A Homeowner’s Guide to Beneficial Stormwater Management

OAEC WATER Institute contributed to this informative 62-page guide for Sonoma County (2010).

Water Matters

Water: Acting Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource

A call to action and a solution-focused guide to solving our global water crisis. Edited by Tara Lohan with a chapter by Brock Dolman (2010).

Ensuring a Secure Future for California Agriculture

Water Stewardship: Ensuring a Secure Future for California Agriculture

Brock Dolman contributed to this report by the California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative. It is intended to launch a conversation to inspire strategic action and implementation of policies, programs, and farming practices founded in a water stewardship framework (2008).

Agricultural Water Stewards

Optimizing Outcomes for Specialty Crop Growers and the Public in California

The WATER Institute sits on this Roundtable and contributed to the following report released by The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (2011).

From Storage to Retention

Expanding California’s Options for Meeting Its Water Needs

The WATER Institute sits on this Roundtable and contributed to the following report released by The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (2012).

From Crisis to Connectivity

Renewed Thinking About Managing California’s Water & Food Supply

The WATER Institute sits on this Roundtable and contributed to the following report released by The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (2014).

Historic Beaver Range in Sierra Nevada

The Historic Range of Beaver in the Sierra Nevada

Brock Dolman co-authored the "Beaver Historical Range" paper below which lists several forms of historic evidence (including the buried dam wood) that further prove that beaver were in fact native to the Sierra (2012).

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Historical Range of Beaver in Coastal California

The Historical Range of Beaver in Coastal California:

Kate Lundquist and Brock Dolman co-authored this peer-reviewed scientific paper re-evaluating the historic evidence of beaver on the coast of California (2013).

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Historic Range of Beaver in North Coast CA

The Historic Range of Beaver in the North Coast of California

Kate Lundquist and Brock Dolman co-authored this report on the historic evidence of beaver in the north coast of California where Coho salmon occur. Includes detailed maps, tables and appendices (2013).

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Salmon Creek Conservation Strategies

Salmon Creek Conservation Strategies

The WATER Institute collaborated with Prunuske Chatham, Inc. and Virginia Porter to create these guides (2009).

Videos Produced

In addition to the publications above, the WATER Institute has produced the following entertaining and educational videos.

California Tiger Salamander Massacre

Special Report on the slayings of rare California Tiger Salamanders on a Sonoma County Road.

Saving Salmon, Saving Us

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the historic reintroduction of endangered Coho Salmon to the Salmon Creek Watershed in Sonoma County.