Actions to protect and restore ecosystem form and function that are consistent and compatible with local conditions and natural processes will have the greatest long-term effectiveness and sustainability
The Coyote Creek Native Ecosystem Enhancement Tool (CCNEET, neet. ecoatlas.org) is an online decision-support tool to identify opportunities to improve ecological conditions. CCNEET was inspired by the need for a watershed approach to environmental resource management. Available ecological and environmental information is synthesized by objectives, management questions, and enhancement actions to identify and justify potential habitat improvements along the creek corridor. The overarching goal of CCNEET is to help coordinate habitat conservation and enhancement along so that multiple projects and limited funding can result in meaningful ecological improvement.
To date, development of CCNEET has been funded by several Valley Water programs and projects. Valley Water, and these programs and projects in particular, all benefit greatly from a platform that facilitates coordination across Valley Water programs as well as partner organizations. Efficient and effective planning and implementation by Valley Water, resource agencies, and land managers requires identifying opportunities, and coordinating efforts for maximum ecological benefits.
The development, structure, and content of CCNEET was guided by a science framework, synthesis process, and review process.
Members of the Technical Advisory Committee included:
- Josh Collins, San Francisco Estuary Institute
- Andy Collison, Environmental Science Associates
- Barry Hecht, Balance Hydrologics
- Bruce Orr, Stillwater Sciences
- Steve Rottenborn, H. T. Harvey & Associates
- Jerry Smith
2019 to 2020
Programs and Focus Areas:
Environmental Informatics Program
Geographic Information Systems
Resilient Landscapes Program
Wetland Monitoring & Assessment
Watershed Science & Management