City Approves Phase II Salmon Habitat Project

Oakdale Leader

Despite some initial pushback from residents near Kerr Park, City Council finally voted 5-0 to approve Phase II of the Salmonid Habitat Restoration Project at Stanley Wakefield Wilderness Area, Monday, July 19.

The project has been a heated topic of conversation on both sides of the argument, but through the efforts of extensive public outreach and mitigation, city staff were able to calm most of the voiced concerns regarding traffic, transients, and trash.

The City entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Oakdale Sportsman Club mitigating many of their strongest concerns, paving the way to a successful partnership going forward.

In accepting the $341,036 in grant funds from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the city is 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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