Fish Restoration Program Agreement update: Propsect Island, groundwater monitoring and more

From the Department of Water Resources, this update on the latest activities of the Fish Restoration Program Agreement (FRPA):

prosp_island_restor_site_photoProspect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project – Environmental Review Process

DWR and CDFW recently held a public comment period on the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project. The comment period closed on June 21, 2013. Thank you to all who attended the public scoping meeting for the NOP and to those who provided comments on the scope of the DEIR.

A Scoping Report was developed to summarize the scoping process and the range of comments received during scoping. The Scoping Report is available on the Prospect Island website.

At this point in the environmental review process, FRPA staff and consultants are developing the DEIR, which will cover the range of alternatives for the project, and incorporate public input received on the project through the scoping process. It is anticipated that the DEIR will be available for public review in Spring 2014.

Groundwater Monitoring Report

The Site Characterization and Groundwater Monitoring Data Collection Summary is now available to the public. The document includes a data collection summary, information on data collection methods, and a literature review. The final interpretive report will be available in Fall 2013.

If you would like to receive a copy of this summary, please contact Dan Riordan.

Outreach Documents Available Online

FRPA’s outreach activities are guided by three key documents developed to establish a framework for clear and consistent communications with the public. The 1) FRPA Stakeholder Assessment, 2) FRPA Program-level Communications & Engagement Plan, and 3) Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project Communications & Engagement Plan are all available to the public on FRPA’s website.

FRPA Outreach Conducted to Date

Over the course of FRPA implementation, staff  have met with stakeholders and the public in order to provide briefings and solicit input at key milestones. FRPA keeps an ongoing record of this outreach on its website. If you would like to discuss your interests related to FRPA, please contact and a staff person will get back to you.


FRPA and Prospect Island project fact sheets and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) are also posted on the FRPA website. We will be featuring additional frequently asked questions as we receive them.

More information about FRPA: FRPA is a joint effort between DWR and CDFW to implement habitat restoration in partial mitigation for the State Water Project’s (SWP) impacts on sensitive fish species in the Delta. These efforts are being undertaken to satisfy requirements of recent Biological Opinions for SWP and Central Valley Project (CVP) operations. FRPA is also intended to address the habitat restoration requirements of the CDFW Longfin Smelt Incidental Take Permit (ITP) for SWP Delta operations.

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