River Gorge Watershed
Gorge Rewatering Project
Owens Gorge Rewatering Project is the Departmentís premier restoration
program. The Owens River
through the Gorge is being rebuilt following 50 years of dewatering.
The innovative approaches to restoring ecosystem function in the
Gorge have been a gold mine of information and new knowledge of
processes. The lessons
learned in the Gorge are being translated to the Lower Owens River
Project and other stream restoration efforts throughout the Valley.
Today, the Gorge brown trout fishery is without doubt the best
trout fishery in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, and probably one of the best
trout fisheries in the West. Riparian
habitat and biodiversity have exploded in the Gorge; bird species long
absent from the ecosystem are returning to the Gorge in surprising
numbers and variation.
& Endangered Fish Sanctuary