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    Author(s): Julie C. Stromberg; Duncan T. Patten
    Date: 1989
    Source: In: Abell, Dana L., Technical Coordinator. 1989. Proceedings of the California Riparian Systems Conference: protection, management, and restoration for the 1990s; 1988 September 22-24; Davis, CA. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-110. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 399-404
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    Rush Creek, which feeds Mono Lake, has been diverted below Grant Lake, totally or in part, for over 40 years. In the early 1980's, because of above normal snow packs, runoff was released into the creek. Minimum flow releases have also been established. The riparian vegetation has responded to these releases. In a few areas, riparian trees and shrubs (e.g., black cottonwood and willow) survived the diversion period but with high stem mortality. These plants are resprouting in response to the 1980's floods. In other areas, new plants are establishing within the floodplain; however, on areas away from the floodplain most riparian plants died and are not regenerating. The patterns of riparian regeneration and environmental requirements of each riparian species have been preliminarily determined.

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    Stromberg, Julie C.; Patten, Duncan T. 1989. Early Recovery of an Eastern Sierra Nevada Riparian System After 40 Years of Stream Diversion. In: Abell, Dana L., Technical Coordinator. 1989. Proceedings of the California Riparian Systems Conference: protection, management, and restoration for the 1990s; 1988 September 22-24; Davis, CA. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-110. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 399-404

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