December 22, 2017

DWR and Reclamation release environmental documents for the proposed Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project for public review and comment

DWR and Reclamation took steps toward improving fish passage and rearing habitat in the Yolo Bypass with the release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the proposed Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project. This represents an important milestone for the California EcoRestore initiative. These documents have been made available for public review and comment. Public comments may be provided in person at public meetings in January or by mail/email. Comments must be received by February 15, 2018. (see more…)

November 6, 2017

Decker Island Tidal Restoration Project Certified – 30-Day Public Review Period Opens

The CA Department of Water Resources (DWR) has certified that the Decker Island Tidal Restoration Project is consistent with the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan. A necessary step for all projects proposed within the legal Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The November 6 certification opens a 30-day public review period.

September 12, 2017

Coalition Formed to Advance the Recovery of Viable Native Fish Populations

The Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership, comprised of state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, farmers, water agencies, and fishermen, was recently formed to advance the recovery of viable Central Valley salmon and steelhead populations.  This diverse coalition of partners brings existing salmon and steelhead recovery efforts together, prioritizing projects to support the rebound of these native fish populations.

Working across disciplines, the Partnership will develop science-based objectives and prioritized actions to implement them, to advance the recovery and maintenance of viable, self-sustaining salmon and steelhead populations, and also help restore and maintain robust and commercially and recreationally viable numbers of salmon.  Partnership members will provide expertise on a broad range of issues such as scientific study and securing permits, allowing the Partnership to move from concept to implementation quickly and efficiently.

Learn more about the Partnership and its important mission here.


May 15, 2017

DWR and Reclamation Recirculate Draft Environmental Document for Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project

DWR and Reclamation are recirculating for public review the Biological Resources portion (Section 3.5) of the draft Initial Study and Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) and proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the proposed Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project. The draft IS/EA and proposed MND were previously circulated for public review and comment February 3 through March 6, 2017 (State Clearinghouse Number 201702212).

Public comments are only being accepted on the Biological Resources portion of the draft IS/EA, which is available for review and comment from Monday, May 15, through Tuesday, June 13, 2017. See the public announcement below for more information:

Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project Announcement

Copies of the recirculated draft IS/EA and proposed MND, as well as the original draft documents  are available at the above link.

May 9, 2017

Southport Setback Levee Project Breaks Ground in West Sacramento

West Sacramento breaks ground on its largest levee project on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.  Congresswoman Doris Matsui, West Sacramento’s Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, and Department of Water Resources’ Deputy Director Gary Bardini along with other federal and state flood protection partners are gathering to break ground on the project aimed at  improving nearly six miles of vulnerable levee along the west bank of the Sacramento River in Southport. This multi-benefit project contributing toward California EcoRestore floodplain and riparian habitat restoration goals will be constructed as part of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ West Sacramento General Reevaluation Report process through a partnership to plan and permit the project by the City of West Sacramento and West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency and the Department of Water Resources.

See the press release on the ground-breaking ceremony here:

May 1. 2017

Delta Conservancy Approves $4.4 Million to Benefit Delta Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Water-Related Agricultural Sustainability

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy (Conservancy) approved approximately $4.4 million for four projects that restore and enhance ecosystems, improve water quality, and support water-related agricultural sustainability in the Delta. The Conservancy provides funding through a competitive grant process made possible by a voter-approved bond measure, Proposition 1 – the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. These projects will count toward the 1,000+ EcoRestore goal of funding restoration projects through Prop 1 and 1E.

“The Delta Conservancy is proud to partner with the organizations implementing these projects to create a more viable Delta ecosystem,” said Campbell Ingram, the Conservancy’s Executive Officer. “Each project is has support from members of the Delta community, and will provide benefits for natural and human communities.”

This is the second round of grants the Conservancy has awarded though Proposition 1, which provided a total $50 million for the Delta Conservancy for the competitive grants. The Conservancy will open a third grant solicitation in August of 2017 and anticipates awarding funding in the spring of 2018. The Conservancy plans to administer at least one grant cycle each fiscal year through 2020.

See full story here:

February 3, 2017

DWR and USBOR release public review draft Initial Study and Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) for the proposed Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) have released for public review the draft Initial Study and Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) for the proposed Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project, located in the northern portion of the Yolo Bypass, approximately 8 miles northeast of Woodland in Yolo County.

The proposed project is being carried out to meet requirements in the 2009 National Marine Fisheries Service’s Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. The Yolo Bypass, a prominent feature of California’s State Plan of Flood Control, provides valuable rearing habitat for downstream migrating juvenile salmon while also providing a fish migration corridor for adult anadromous fish. Structures within the Yolo Bypass have delayed and prevented adult special-status fish species, such as Chinook salmon, steelhead, and green sturgeon from migrating upstream through the Yolo Bypass and returning to the Sacramento River.

The purpose of the proposed project is to improve fish passage at the Fremont Weir and within the Tule Canal. The project would modify an existing fish ladder at the Fremont Weir and improve fish passage within the channel both upstream and downstream of the Fremont Weir. In addition, one downstream agricultural road crossing would be removed and another such crossing would be replaced with a structure that provides improved fish passage within the Tule Canal. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017.

The proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and draft IS/EA have been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act and are available for public review and comment from February 3 through March 6, 2017. Copies of the documents are available at:

Please submit comments in writing or email to either:

  • Karen Enstrom, California Department of Water Resources, 3500 Industrial Blvd., West Sacramento, CA 95691 or
  • Ben Nelson, Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I St., Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814 or

Written comments must be received by close of business Monday, March 6, 2017. For further information, please contact Karen Enstrom at (916) 376-9778 or or Ben Nelson at (916) 414-2424 (TTY 800-877-8339) or

December 20, 2016

DWR Seeks Proposals for Habitat Restoration Projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (reposted RFP)

Instructions for accessing the RFP Secondary for Habitat Restoration within the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh…

November 7, 2016

Southport Setback Levee project obtains consistency with Delta Plan covered actions without appeal

southport-levee-picThe West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA) officially certified without appeal on Monday, November 7th that its Southport Sacramento River Early Implementation Project is consistent with the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan covered actions. Obtaining this certification is a key permitting step for the Southport Setback Levee project, a California EcoRestore effort being implemented by WSAFCA, and the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Division of Flood Management. Once the full effort is constructed this project will yield up to 152 acres of mixed floodplain and riparian habitat as part of a unique opportunity to set back the levee in this rapidly urbanizing area. The levee setback will enhance the ability of the river to meander across the floodplain, distributing soils and nutrients that sustain riparian vegetation and aquatic species.

More information here:


WSAFCA Setback Levee Project Clears Council’s Covered Action Process Without Appeal November

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The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA) certified that its Southport Sacramento River Early Implementation Project is consistent with the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan, and no appeal was filed with regard to that certification.

This project will involve construction of approximately 3.6 miles of setback levees in the City of West Sacramento along the Sacramento River, which will contribute to the city’s required 200-year level of flood protection.

The project will also restore approximately 150 acres of seasonally inundated floodplain habitat.

To learn more about the Council’s Covered Actions process please click here.

October 12, 2016

Fish-friendly weir will keep salmon in the river, not farm fields


By Tanya Perez, October 12, 2016, The Davis Enterprise

YOLO BYPASS — The word of the day was “partnership” as a team of tenacious problem-solvers met Thursday in the Yolo Bypass north of Woodland to check on the progress of a fish-friendly weir being built by local, state and federal officials.

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