Habitat Restoration Project Draws Crowd

Oakdale Leader 

Community members showed up in droves Monday night, at the regularly scheduled Oakdale City Council meeting, necessitating a different venue from City Hall to the Bianchi Community Center to accommodate COVID-19 safety protocols.

Discussion regarding the Stanislaus River Salmonid Habitat Restoration Project drew a vocal crowd as community members voiced their support and opposition for the project at the May 3 session.

In April, members of the City Council approved moving forward with Phase II of the project, which is primarily funded through grant money awarded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

In accepting the $341,036 in grant funds, the city was prepared to fund the efforts to provide baseline data and analysis for 100 percent design plans that would ultimately lead to the enhancement and restoration of up to 28 acres of channel, floodplain and upland habitats.

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