Landscape-scale wetlands restoration projects are in planning and construction in the San Francisco Bay and Delta regions. These wetlands are needed to recover species that are endangered due to lack of habitat and also to recover the health of the estuary. High wind wave energies can potentially delay or even preclude sedimentation and colonization by wetland plants in large tidal restoration projects. However, measures to attenuate wind-wave energy can be costly, may negatively affect habitat, and may not always be needed. This workshop will provide an opportunity for wetland restoration design experts and project managers to discuss two key questions: 1. What are the restoration site parameters that define when wind wave effects could limit or preclude marsh formation? 2. On sites where wind wave energy is a significant factor, what strategies can be used to achieve wetland restoration goals with high certainty at the least cost while also providing shoreline protection and flood hazard reduction? Presentations and discussions will cover: * The potential impacts of wind wave energy on sediment accretion and marsh plant colonization; * Wetland restoration design considerations and strategies to address wind wave energy; * Tools needed to evaluate marsh restoration designs in terms of timeframe, costs and risks; and * Data gaps and monitoring needs. The workshop is designed for wetland restoration scientists, design experts, project managers and other interested parties.
Training Documents and Publications