News & Highlights
- September 9, 2016
DWR Seeks Proposals for Habitat Restoration Projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
California EcoRestore is a California Natural Resources Agency initiative implemented in coordination with state and federal agencies to advance the restoration of at least 30,000 acres of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) habitat by 2020. Driven by world-class science and guided by adaptive management, California EcoRestore will pursue habitat restoration projects with clearly defined goals, measurable objectives, and financial resources to help ensure success. The types of habitat targeted include tidal wetlands, floodplain, upland, riparian, fish passage improvements and others.
The California EcoRestore program is 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. Specifically the program aims to achieve:
The California EcoRestore program is comprised of many projects at various stages of planning, permitting and construction. For tracking progress these phases are defined as:
- Planned: sites owned or partnered with the State with planning and analysis is underway
- In Permitting: sites that have completed necessary planning to initiate permitting with State and Federal regulatory agencies
- Under Construction: sites with necessary permits and under construction
- Completed: sites with construction completed and transitioning to monitoring and maintenance
The aggregate bar chart provides insight into the overall progress of California EcoRestore efforts. This includes projects fulfilling current Biological Opinion requirements for long term operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project, as well as projects fulfilling other mitigation and restoration goals. The California EcoRestore goals for total acreage represent the minimum targets for each restoration type and in some cases California EcoRestore will exceed these minimum targets.
Delta Conservation Framework
The CA Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is working with federal, state and local agencies, and Delta stakeholders to develop a 25-year, high-level conservation framework for the Delta, Yolo Bypass and Suisun Marsh. The Delta Conservation Framework will serve as the long-term continuation of the California EcoRestore program focused on accelerating conservation actions by 2020. The Delta Conservation Framework will be completed by 2017 to help guide Delta conservation efforts beyond 2040. For more information on this effort and how to participate in the current series of public stakeholder workshops please click here.
- David Okita, California Natural Resources Agency