DWR has moved one step closer to starting construction on the Delta’s largest multi-benefit tidal restoration and flood improvement project – Lookout Slough.
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:
- Decker Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project
- Lookout Slough Tidal Habitat and Flood Improvement Project
- Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project
- Winter Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project
- Yolo Flyway Farms Tidal Habitat Restoration Project
- Arnold Slough Tidal Habitat Restoration Project
- Bradmoor Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project
- Chipps Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project
- Hill Slough Tidal Habitat Restoration Project
- Tule Red Tidal Habitat Restoration Project
- Wings Landing Tidal Habitat Restoration Project
- Agricultural Road Crossing 4 Fish Passage Project
- Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project
- Lisbon Weir Fish Passage Project
- Lower Putah Creek Restoration Project
- Wallace Weir Adult Fish Rescue Facility
- Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project
Delta Ecosystem Enhancement Projects
North Delta and Yolo Bypass Multi-Benefit Flood Improvement and Habitat Restoration Projects
Driven by the best available science, California EcoRestore efforts have advanced through various stages of planning, permitting, and construction. As California EcoRestore celebrates it first 5 years in action, the initiative is on track to exceed initial targets.Charlotte.Biggs@water.ca.gov if you have any issues accessing the image below.
To achieve its goal of accelerating Delta habitat restoration, California EcoRestore has encouraged developing new project delivery models, addressing long-standing implementation barriers, and building new partnerships. California EcoRestore embraces partnerships that share a vested interest in the Delta’s health and vitality, which includes supporting public safety and the local economy. Key partners include:
- State and federal Water Project Contractors
- State, federal, and local government agencies and special districts
- Local Reclamation Districts
- Non-governmental organizations and non-profits
- Private sector and land owners
Costs for California EcoRestore projects are expected to reach $500 million in the first five years.
Many efforts are funding by the state and federal public water agencies currently required to mitigate for long term operations of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project.
Funding for habitat enhancements unassociated with mitigation will come primarily from Propositions 1, 1E, 68 and 84; the AB 32 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund; and local, federal, and private investment.
Ensuring long term function of habitat restoration efforts is a key component of the California EcoRestore initiative.
Adaptive management emphasizes using science and monitoring to support management of natural resources under changing conditions. In the face of uncertainty, there is widespread support for using adaptive management in the Delta region to achieve ecosystem restoration goals and increase restoration success. Adaptive management is required for compliance with multiple regulatory processes, such as consistency with the Delta Plan and the Suisun Marsh Plan.
Interagency Adaptive Management Integration Team
To develop a comprehensive, science-based adaptive management approach to support achievement of Delta conservation goals, the Delta Science Program initiated the Interagency Adaptive Management Integration Team in 2016. This team serves as a technical coordinating body to strengthen interagency collaboration, and provides resources, input, and guidance on adaptive management for current and future Delta conservation efforts. It is comprised of scientific and technical staff from federal, state, and local agencies, other interagency programs and workgroups, universities, and NGOs that plan, facilitate, implement, fund, or regulate habitat restoration projects in the Delta and Suisun Marsh.
Current participants include:
- Delta Conservancy
- Delta Counties (Contra Costa, Solano, Sacramento, and Yolo)
- Delta Stewardship Council
- CA Department of Fish and Wildlife
- CA Department of Water Resources
- NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
- NOAA Fisheries Science Center
- NGO Representatives
- San Joaquin Council of Governments
- State and Federal Water Contractors Agency
- State Water Resource Control Board
- University of California Davis
- US Bureau of Reclamation
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
- US Geological Survey
For more information, please contact Karen Kayfetz (Karen.Kayfetz@deltacouncil.ca.gov) of the Delta Stewardship Council.
The Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project, which began modified operations in January of 2019, has successfully allowed thousands of migrating fish to pass between the Sacramento River and Yolo Bypass in its first year of operations.
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.
About 100 volunteers descended on the western edge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on February 29 to plant grasses and shrubs and help restore native riparian habitat in the marsh.
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 ...
As part of its ongoing commitment to restore Delta ecosystems and habitat, DWR recently took a significant step in launching a 3,000-acre multi-benefit tidal wetlands restoration project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.