This appendix summarizes the conservation needs and opportunities that were considered during development of measureable objectives for the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) Conservation Strategy (Conservation Strategy or Strategy). The summary of conservation needs is based on the needs identified in existing conservation plans for species of riverine and floodplain habitats, as further described below. The summary of conservation opportunities is based on the opportunities identified during the California Department of Water Resources (DWR’s) preliminary planning of multi-benefit flood risk reduction projects (multi-benefit projects) for the 2017 update of the CVFPP.
A Technical Advisory Workgroup (Workgroup) was convened to help DWR evaluate conservation needs and opportunities and apply this evaluation to the development of long-term measurable objectives for the Conservation Strategy. The members of the Workgroup included flood planners and managers (including the Central Valley Flood Protection Board), and biologists from resource agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Its members provided guidance regarding the methods used to create these summaries and reviewed the preliminary results based on them.
The following sections of this appendix describe the methods used to summarize conservation needs and opportunities to, in turn, develop the measurable objectives. They also discuss the results of using those methods and provide the Workgroup’s recommendations regarding measurable objectives for the Conservation Strategy. The results are provided in Attachments 1, 2, and 3.