Tag Archive: habitat restoration

Dec 19 2014

Matt Nobriga: The utilization of tidal marshes by fishes of the Upper San Francisco Estuary

At the 2014 Bay Delta Science Conference,  Matt Nobriga, a fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gave this presentation on how fish utilize tidal marshes in the Delta.  He began by noting that the despite a lot of research over the past decades, there is still much uncertainty regarding tidal marsh restoration. …

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Dec 18 2014

Dr. Peter Moyle: Novel Ecosystems of the Suisun Marsh and the Delta – A New Reality

The Delta of our modern times bears little resemblance to its historical self, a mix of native and non-native species existing in an environment that has been long been sculpted to suit society’s purposes.  Dr. Peter Moyle, Associate Director for UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and professor with the Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology …

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Dec 03 2014

Chris Enright: Direct and Indirect Effects of Large-Scale Restoration and Implications for Science and Management

Chris Enright began by saying that the title was quite a large topic, so he would be concentrating on physical processes to make larger points centered around tidal energy. “Tidal energy really is the primary driver down in the estuary,” he said. “Tidal energy starts a cascade of physical processes that affects and controls tidal …

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Dec 02 2014

Bruce Herbold: The Value of Wetlands to Fish

Bruce Herbold began by telling a personal story. “I have some friends in Austria, and the dearest of them, her father, when he retired, took the family’s fortune and retired out into the countryside where he built a very large house,” he said. “And after he’d been living out there for awhile, he died. So …

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Nov 21 2014

A restoration hub for the Delta: Better tools and processes for science-based restoration

Restoration in the Delta has always been challenging, at best. Habitat restoration objectives already number in the tens of thousands of acres, and far more if the Bay Delta Conservation Plan should come to pass. But restoration on a large scale presents many challenges.  The proposed Delta Restoration Hub is an integrative model for planning, implementation, and …

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Nov 14 2014

Dr. Stephen Brandt: Habitat quality: A fish’s perspective

The 8th Biennial Bay Delta Science Conference brought together over a thousand scientists, managers, and policy makers to Sacramento to hear the latest advances in scientific information and ideas on water resource management in the Delta, its watershed, and the San Francisco Estuary. As the fifth and final plenary speaker, Delta Independent Science Board member …

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Oct 24 2014

Fish Restoration Program Update: Prospect Island, Miner Slough levee repair, restoration monitoring and more …

The Fish Restoration Program (FRP) updates are issued by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW). In this update: Prospect Island EIR Progress Restoration Monitoring Program FRP in the Context of Delta-Region Restoration Miner Slough Levee Repair Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project Website Prospect Island …

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Oct 08 2014

In the Bay Area, Alameda Creek work trickles on

From Ariel Rubissow-Okamoto at Estuary News: Throughout Alameda Creek’s 640-square-mile watershed dozens
 of wet spots have been drained, dams built, creeks buried, and channels reshaped. “The watershed is huge and complex, and all these changes, compounded over time, have left us with a long and arduous path to getting it to function more naturally again. …

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Sep 25 2014

Estuary News: Defter Delta Restoration

From Estuary News: “An issue paper endorsed by the Delta Stewardship Council this August seeks to spark progress throughout the myriad stages of habitat restoration. As public and private interests gear up to help endangered fish and migrating birds by restoring habitats in six priority zones of the Delta and Suisun Marsh, this paper lays …

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Sep 05 2014

Delta Stewardship Council endorses habitat restoration issue paper; an update on the Delta Levee Investment Strategy

At the August meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members spent the morning touring the Antioch Dunes and Dutch Slough restoration projects in the western Delta. After lunch, they reconvened at the Big Break Visitors Center in Oakley to discuss endorsement of a new habitat restoration issue paper and hear an update on where …

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Aug 04 2014

News Worth Noting: CSPA reviews Delta habitat restoration projects, Delta Conservancy & Stewardship Council newsletters, Golden Gate Salmon Ass’n on 21st Century Water Legislation, MCWD votes to sue over geothermal project

An Overview of Habitat Restoration Successes and Failures in the Sacramento-San  Joaquin Delta: The California Sporfishing Protection Alliance has released a 48-page report on habitat restoration projects completed or underway in the Delta, reviewing projects individually on each island:  ” … Despite numerous restoration projects, there have been few documented successes in the Delta.  Many …

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Jun 19 2014

Fish Restoration Program Update: Additional willing sellers sought, Prospect Island EIR, Miner Slough levee repair, Miner Slough shipwreck survey

From Dan Riordan at the the California Department of Water Resources (DWR): Fish Restoration Program (FRP) updates from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW).  In this update from the Fish Restoration Program, additional willing property sellers sought; and update on the Prospect Island EIR and …

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Apr 23 2014

Success in the Delta through collaboration and coordination: The California Water Quality Monitoring Council, the Yolo Bypass Foundation, and the Cosumnes River Preserve

The theme of successful collaborations in the Delta continued with the last agenda item of the March meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council. “This is the third presentation you’re going to hear that is built around the theme of how do you successfully do collaboration;  whether it is legislatively mandated, court ordered, it is built …

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Apr 22 2014

Getting things done in the Delta: The Coalition to Support Delta Projects updates the Delta Stewardship Council on their progress

The Coalition to Support Delta Projects is a diverse group of prominent water stakeholders that came together early in 2012 to explore near-term Delta projects that were widely supported and that would not prejudice the outcome of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan or the Delta Plan.  In August of 2012, the Coalition Delta Stewardship Council …

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Apr 11 2014

Fish Restoration Program update: Minor Slough levee repair, Prospect Island update, and annual report available

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW), this update from the Fish Restoration Program: Miner Slough Levee Repair DWR is proposing to repair the west bank of the Miner Slough levee near the eastern edge of Prospect Island in Solano County. Repair work is expected …

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