March 2016 to March 2017
Research Location: 

The Cosumnes River is the only free-flowing river on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, and because of its natural flow regime it has become the centerpiece for decades-long research on the benefit of floodplain reconnection for the purposes of ecological restoration and preservation of ecosystem services, such as local groundwater recharge, flood wave attenuation, and temporal spawning habitat for native fishes, such as splittail, and rearing habitat for juvenile anadromous salmonids, such as chinook salmon. Our work in the Cosumnes River Preserve is in cooperation with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, The Nature Conservancy, and other partners in the region.