California EcoRestore

Dutch Slough Tules

Tules sway in the breeze at the Dutch Slough in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

California EcoRestore is a multi-agency initiative launched in 2015 to advance 30,000 acres of critical habitat restoration and enhancement in California’s Central Valley including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta), Suisun Marsh, and Yolo Bypass region.  California EcoRestore and its partners pursue complex multi-benefit habitat restoration projects to deliver results. 

DWR is a lead partner on majority of projects focused on implementing a comprehensive suite of habitat restoration actions to support the long-term health of the Delta and its native fish and wildlife species. This spring marked the fifth anniversary of the California EcoRestore initiative. Check out our EcoRestore 5-Year Highlights fact sheet to see how far we’ve come and a glimpse of what’s ahead.

Specifically, the program aims to achieve:

EcoRestore graphic depicting depicting numbers of acres restored. Overall, more than 30,000 acres of delta habitat have been restored, including 3,500 acres of managed wetlands created; over 17,500 acres of flood plain restoration; 9,000 acres of tidal and sub-tidal habitat restoration; over 1,000 acres of Proposition 1 and !E funded restoration projects. Contract DWR if you need more information about this graphic.

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EcoRestore Updates

This spring marked the fifth anniversary of the California EcoRestore initiative, a coordinated effort across state agencies to deliver 30,000 acres of restored fish and wildlife habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, an immensely important landscape that five years ago only had 5 percent of its native habitat remaining.


Driving along Interstate 5 south of Sacramento, you wouldn’t notice anything unique about the land stretched out beyond your car window. But hidden between Interstate 5 and Walnut Grove, lies one of the most important environmental restoration sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.


The Sacramento River moves water from Mt. Shasta to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, gathering runoff from the Coastal Range and Sierra Nevada before turning toward Sacramento and joining with the American River. In wetter years, the Sacramento River swells to flood levels and releases water into the Yolo Bypass, a major flood control feature for ...