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.
California EcoRestore is a multi-agency initiative led by the California Natural Resources Agency. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is a partner on 28 of the 30 projects which seek to restore at least 30,000 acres of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) habitat by 2020.
EcoRestore projects are driven by world-class science and guided by adaptive management and seek to support the long-term health of the Delta and its native fish and wildlife species.
The types of habitat targeted include tidal wetlands, floodplain, upland, riparian, fish passage improvements and others. Specifically the program aims to achieve the following:
McCormack Williamson Tract
Yolo Flyway Farms
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The Department of Water Resources (DWR) in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and in coordination with California Department of Fish and Wildlife has begun launching a new, first-of-its kind structure for California that aims to address a long-standing conflict between infrastructure and ecosystems.
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the largest estuary on the West Coast. It’s a maze of floodplains, rich farmlands, and leveed waterways that helps provide freshwater to 27 million Californians.
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 ...
Located just south of the confluence of the Cosumnes and Mokelumne Rivers, the McCormack-Williamson Tract is a north Delta island with a long history of flooding. In 2018, DWR and its partners broke ground on a restoration project at the site, nearly a decade in the making.
DWR recently broke ground on the Dutch Slough Tidal Restoration Project, the largest tidal wetlands restoration project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to date.