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groundwater flow, reduced stream temperature, increased summer base flow, improved 
floodplain connectivity, and increased habitat for sensitive still water species. Over time beaver 
dams change the geomorphic character of stream and wetland environments, but they rarely 
influence flood elevations, therefore the goal of management strategy is to maintain and 
improve the amount of beaver pond habitat without creating unacceptable risk of damage to 
other public and private resources.  

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Enhanced Ecological Functions of Restoration Memorandum of Understanding between local 
natural resource partners to lean in on integrated outreach, restoration, stewardship, and 
management of natural systems at the landscape scale.  

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Thermal Load Trading Plan restores ecological processes throughout the watershed.  The plan 
forecast the amount of shade credit and trading required by the NPDES permit.  The partnership 
agreements allow for donated capital and volunteer time to be quantified as avoided cost.   

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Agricultural Partnership Program directs partner funding for broader watershed enhancement 
activities within the farm conservation platform; incorporates new funding sources into 
landowner incentive program and signs IGAs with entities providing funding for long-term 
stewardship.   

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Flow Restoration Program maximizes opportunities with partners and increases return on 
investment throughout the watershed; capitalizes on ecological benefits of flow restoration 
through the establishment of strategic “healthy watershed” metrics, stream restoration 
crediting, partnership participation, schedule implementation, capacity analysis, and long-term 
vision.    

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Restoration Management Systems and Records Program creates efficient storage and recovery 
of long-term information; develops process improvements to identify and capture relevant 
historic project records in a digital format.  Team needs and record retention requirements for 
historical information of project sites is identified, and a staging area for document upload and 
restoration management system to receive uploads is created.   

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Innovation Technology for Restoration Program develops next generation approaches to 
evaluate and communicate project benefits; applies emerging technologies to demonstrate 
scope, scale, and outcomes of restoration projects.  An objective is to provide visualization and 
dissemination of information to a broad audience.  

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Community Based Stewardship Model for collaborating with community partners develops 
sustainable paths to stewardship; develops an implementation plan for engaging partners in the 
long-term stewardship of prioritized community sites across the watershed.  Metrics include % 
acre managed, management period, and partner engagement.  

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Capital Project Delivery Model for providing responsive planning and timely implementation of 
capital projects  ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and supports regional land 
use planning goals; develops, performs, and provides oversight of proactive, cost-effective, and 
efficient maintenance and operation programs which maximize useful life of capital assets and 
the economies of scales of being a regional service provider.  

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Natural Resource Monitoring Application improves vegetative corridor assessment data 
collection.  A standard reporting format for SPL applications was created to provide ecological 
baseline data consistent with existing monitoring protocol.