Fish Restoration Program issues update on nine Delta restoration projects

Maven’s Notebook –

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fish Restoration Program (FRP) addresses specific habitat restoration requirements of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) biological opinions (Biological Opinions) for State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP) operations.

Delta Project Updates
The following FRP projects are intended to help fulfill DWR’s 8,000-acre tidal habitat restoration obligations required by the 2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Delta Smelt Biological Opinion for long-term coordinated operations of the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.

Decker Island
The Fish Restoration Program acquired approximately 140 acres on Decker Island in 2015 for tidal wetland restoration. The goal of the Decker Island Project is to restore unrestricted tidal connectivity to the interior of Decker Island to create a tidal wetland and associated high marsh, and riparian habitats on the site to benefit native fish species. Negotiations over flowage easements for the Decker Island property are in progress and DWR is preparing for project construction in 2018.

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