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.

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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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October 6, 2016

Project Underway at Wallace Weir to Prevent Straying of Adult Sacramento River Salmon

jrc_wallace_weir-4084Reconstruction of century-old structure provides multiple benefits

YOLO BYPASS, Calif. – Yet another hazard to migratory salmon will disappear soon, when local, state, and federal officials finish building a permanent, fish-friendly weir in the Yolo Bypass four miles northeast of Woodland.

The Wallace Weir Fish Rescue project will help prevent adult Sacramento River salmon from swimming into a drainage ditch that leads deep into farm fields where spawning is hopeless. By building a permanent barrier across the Knights Landing Ridge Cut, the agencies will be able to better control farm drainage releases to avoid attracting salmon. A new fish collection facility adjacent to the weir will allow the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to more effectively capture stray salmon and return them to the river to spawn.

September 19, 2016

Tule Red Tidal Wetlands Restoration Project Groundbreaking in Suisun Marsh

jrc_tule_red_media-6075Public-Private Effort to Restore Tides to Hundreds of Acres of Suisun Marsh

Tidal Wetlands Help Delta Smelt and Other Imperiled Species

From the California Natural Resources Agency:

Local, state, federal, and private industry leaders on Monday kicked off the largest tidal wetland restoration project in the Delta, breaking ground on a project to return salty tides to several hundred acres for the sake of native fish.

September 9, 2016

DWR Seeks Proposals for Habitat Restoration Projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

UPDATE: The current RFP has been cancelled. DWR will re-release the RFP at a later date. When re-released a new announcement will be posted on our website with instructions for accessing the RFP.

August 23, 2016

Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project DEIR Available for Public Review and Comment

prosp_island_restor_site_mapDWR has released the Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The DEIR analyzes project alternatives and stakeholder input as part of the environmental review process for the project. There are several ways that you can review or provide input on the DEIR, or learn more about the project: View and download the DEIR by clicking here.

May 22, 2016

Charlton H. Bonham: Brown’s Delta Plan Will Restore Habitat

San Jose Mercury News
Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s announcement of a modified approach to restoring Delta habitat and securing water supplies for 25 million Californians reinforced the state’s commitment to habitat conservation in the Delta.

October 22, 2015

Remarks by CDFW Director Chuck Bonham At Knights Landing Outfall Gates Dedication