Fish Restoration Program Update: Decker Island, Prospect Island, Cache Slough Complex and Suisun Marsh

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From the Department of Water Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife: In this update: Decker Island Property Acquisition South Prospect Island Property Acquisition Potential for Restoration in Suisun Marsh Cache Slough Complex Conservation Assessment Prospect Island Draft Environmental Impact Report Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project Website Decker Island Property Acquisition DWR acquired the eastern parcel of Decker […]

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Landscape-scale planning for ecological resilience in the Bay and Delta

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Senior Scientist Robin Grossinger discusses the latest research working to develop tools and to understand how to build landscapes resilient to climate change and able to support native species into the future The state of California has set ambitious restoration goals for restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem as embodied in the Delta Plan and other processes.  Even with restoration planned […]

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Tidal marshes: Adapting to sea level rise, carbon sequestration

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Dr. Jim Morris on the mechanisms of how tidal marshes keep pace with sea level rise, and Dr. John Callaway with research on carbon sequestration in the San Francisco Bay’s tidal wetlands Back in the late 1800s as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was being reclaimed for agriculture, a somewhat parallel process was happening to the shoreline of the San Francisco […]

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Fish Restoration Program update: Prospect Island, Decker Island, and more Delta restoration news

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From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW): Prospect Island EIR Progress FRP staff and consultants continue to develop the Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR), in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The EIR analyzes project alternatives and stakeholder input as part of the […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 4: Fish, birds, and habitat

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Panel of experts looks at historical ecology and critical ecological functions of the Delta, the complexities of fish management, and terrestrial species and habitat Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the […]

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Droughts, climate change, and dams: Reconciling a future for California’s native fishes

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Dr. Peter Moyle lays out a statewide aquatic conservation strategy for saving California’s native fishes in the face of climate change Dr. Peter Moyle is a professor of fish biology at UC Davis who has been working with freshwater fishes of California since 1969, and is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the Department of Wildlife, […]

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The Delta Landscapes project: Creating a spatial framework to inform restoration planning

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A new report uses landscape metrics in both the historical and contemporary Delta to help define, design, and evaluate functional, resilient landscapes for the estuary’s future The state of California has set ambitious restoration goals for restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem as embodied in the Delta Plan; those goals include restoring large areas of interconnected habitats within the Delta and […]

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Yolo Bypass Symposium part 2: Fish, fowl, and the mercury conundrum

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Restoration efforts have succeeded in restoring waterfowl populations in the Yolo Bypass; can the same happen now for fish?  Plus the latest research on methylmercury and wetlands restoration. When the floodwaters flow into the Yolo Bypass in the late winter and early spring in some years, dramatic changes occur. Salmon, splittail, and other native fish species come onto the floodplain […]

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When it comes to fish habitat, offers they can refuse

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From Estuary News: “The numbers are daunting: 8,000 acres to be restored to fish-friendly tidal habitat in order to comply with federal wildlife agencies’ Biological Opinions; another 65,000 if and when the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan is implemented; more still in mitigation for levee operations. Where will it all come from? Some parcels suitable for restoration are already publicly-owned, but not […]

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

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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. The first issue of the […]

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