Project aims to enhance Putah Creek spawning habitat

Davis Enterprise –

The Solano County Water Agency is fostering a long-term, science-based, ecological perspective for restoring Putah Creek. The challenge is to make the most of the flows passing through lower Putah Creek by providing a more natural channel form to optimize ecological function.

The agency’s Lower Putah Creek Floodplain Restoration Project, funded through California Waterfowl Association via a grant, has passed its last regulatory hurdle and will go to pre-project implementation this fall. The project scored first in the nation for the grant from the North American Wetland Conservation Act.

The 6-acre project site is along Putah Creek just west of Highway 505. The site work has been designed to avoid impacts to existing riparian trees to the greatest extent possible and to avoid importing any off-site soil, a news release said.

The goal of the project is to enhance 580 feet of the main creek channel for salmon spawning habitat and create 590 feet of new side-channel habitat for both salmon spawning and juvenile rearing.

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