Design Guidelines for Tidal Wetland Restoration in San Francisco Bay

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The San Francisco Bay restoration community wanted proven experience -based on rigorous science and observation -to help them in creating design guidelines for wetland restoration. These guidelines would be used by practitioners and decision makers throughout the Bay and beyond to guide restoration design and management.

ESA applied over three decades of experience in wetland restoration and monitoring to develop design guidelines for regulatory agency staff, land managers, resource managers, and restoration practitioners. We developed a conceptual model of how restored marshes evolve and function based on observations and assessments; a description of the decision-making process; site-specific considerations to include in tidal restoration planning; answers to the major design questions that dictate site grading prior to the reintroduction of tidal action; a discussion of uncertainties related to wetland restoration; and new approaches to explore. The final guidelines incorporated feedback from workshops and a scientific review committee.

ESA developed design guidelines for tidal wetland restoration in the San Francisco Bay that have been widely distributed and used by a variety of land managers, regulatory agencies, and resource managers.

Specialized Services

  • Geomorphic assessments
  • Habitat restoration and enhancement
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling
  • Project website; social media management and communication materials development
  • Wetland restoration