Stream restoration in the San Rafael

May 1, 2015

As water demands increase and climate change place more stress on already over allocated streams and rivers, native desert fish are becoming more threatened. A combination of river drying, habitat degradation and exotic species has resulted in a widespread and dramatic decline in desert fishes. Research has found that less than 50% of sites historically occupied by suckers remain occupied and less than 16% of sites historically occupied by chub remain occupied.

The overflight helped us identify conservation sites with the greatest potential for restoration. These were sites with a high diversity of habitat types, pools, riffles and backwaters. It is imperative that these species are conserved, as they are an integral part of the ecosystem, and aren't found anywhere else on the planet.