Foster Meadow, an un-restored meadow, is in the headwaters of the Middle Fork Cosumnes River at a mean elevation of 6,800 ft. Foster Meadow was identified and prioritized as a restoration project by the Amador Ranger District (ARD) of the El Dorado National Forest (ENF) collaboratively with the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG). The 27-acre Foster Meadow Project area can be delineated into several degraded reaches separated by reaches that are still functional. In addition, a culvert upstream of the meadow is a barrier to fish passage. Survey, assessment, and a conceptual restoration design have been completed (Wilcox, 2015b) and the NEPA/CEQA and permitting is in process. Funding for implementation was recently awarded by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. Drainage area above the monitoring station is approximately 1.7 square miles and receives 55.1” mean annual precipitation, primarily from snow (USGS StreamStats, 2018). Data collection for 2017.
Map showing locations of 2017 data collection in Foster Meadow/Middle Fork Cosumnes River.
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