California EcoRestore is an initiative to help coordinate and advance at least 30,000 acres of critical habitat restoration in the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta over the next four years. Driven by world-class science and guided by adaptive management, California EcoRestore will aggressively pursue habitat restoration projects with clearly defined goals, measurable objectives, and financial resources to help ensure success.
A broad range of habitat restoration projects will be pursued, including projects to address aquatic, sub-tidal, tidal, riparian, flood plain, and upland ecosystem needs.
California EcoRestore’s initial goal is to advance (i.e. complete or break ground on) 30,000 acres of Delta habitat restoration:
- 25,000 acres associated with existing mandates for habitat restoration, pursuant to federal biological opinions. These projects will be funded exclusively by the state and federal water contractors that benefit from the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project systems.
- 5,000 acres of habitat enhancements. Proposition 1 grants to local governments, non-profit organizations, and other entities will support these habitat enhancements throughout the Delta. Funding will come primarily from the Delta Conservancy, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the California Department of Water Resources.
California EcoRestore is unassociated with any habitat restoration that may be required as part of the construction and operation of new Delta water conveyance (California WaterFix).
The Need for Restoration
Today’s Delta looks little like it did 150 years ago. During and after the Gold Rush, Delta channels were straightened, fertile floodplains were lost, and riparian forests were replaced with steep levees. The Delta’s rich marshlands were ‘reclaimed’ for agricultural use. And with increased trade and economic growth came invasive plants and animals that now make up the majority of the Delta’s total biomass, such as Asian clams and Brazilian waterweed.
California EcoRestore aims to address these legacy impacts, as well as effects from the ongoing operation of the state and federal water projects.
California EcoRestore Projects
The following are brief descriptions of projects that are being tracked by the EcoRestore Program. They are at various stages of development from conceptual to completed.
- Bradmoor Island
- Decker Island Tidal Habitat Restoration
- Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project
- Fremont Weir Fish Passage
- Goat Island
- Grizzly Slough Floodplain Project
- Hill Slough Tidal Restoration
- Knights Landing Outfall Gate
- Lindsey Slough
- Lisbon Weir
- Lower Putah Creek Realignment
- Lower Yolo Restoration
- McCormack Williamson Tract Project
- Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration
- Sherman Island – Mayberry Farms Wetlands
- Sherman Island Setback Levee-Mayberry Slough
- Sherman Island – Belly Wetland Restoration
- Sherman Island – Future projects
- Sherman Island – Whale’s Mouth Wetland
- Southport Setback Levee
- Tule Red Restoration
- Twitchell Island – East End Wetland
- Twitchell Island – SJ River Setback Levee
- Twitchell Island – West End Wetland
- Wallace Weir Modification
- Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project
Remarks by CDFW Director Chuck Bonham At Knights Landing Outfall Gates Dedication
California EcoRestore Funding
Costs for California EcoRestore are expected to reach at least $300 million in the first four years. Much of these costs will be borne by the state and federal public water agencies currently required to mitigate the ecological impacts of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project in the Delta.
Funding for habitat enhancements unassociated with mitigation will come primarily from Propositions 1 and 1E, the AB 32 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, and local, federal, and private investment.
More information on California EcoRestore is available through the links below: