Farms as floodplains: A summary after five years of experimental flooding of agricultural land

Studies show the rice-field fish are larger, healthier and more robust than those in the river at the same age One of the recent and notable success stories for California has been the ongoing studies in the Yolo Bypass to use flooded rice fields as habitat for young migrating salmon. The results from the five years of study show the […]

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Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, part 4: New momentum for habitat restoration, integrating flood and ecosystem planning in the Yolo Bypass

Reclamation, DWR, and Yolo County official report on progress on integration efforts in the Yolo Bypass In between Sacramento and Davis lies the Yolo Bypass, a narrow strip of land that finds itself in the crosshairs of federal, state, and local interests and multiple projects that seek to integrate agriculture, wildlife benefits, and public access, all while maintaining the bypass’ […]

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Yolo Bypass Symposium, Part 3: Farms, flood, fish, and fowl: Putting the puzzle together

Stakeholders discuss how to integrating the multiple plans and processes in the Yolo Bypass Land use in the Yolo Bypass is dominated by agriculture; it is part of Yolo County’s heritage as well as a vital of its economy. Farming activities in the bypass generally begin in late spring and extend through the summer, when flooding is uncommon. Primary crops […]

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

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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Yolo Bypass Symposium, part 1: A flood of plans and possibilities

Symposium focuses on how to integrate agriculture, wildlife, and public access on the managed floodplain In between Sacramento and Davis lies the Yolo Bypass, a narrow strip of land 40 miles long and 3 miles wide. Capable of carrying four times the flow of the Sacramento River, the bypass is part of a larger flood control system that performs the […]

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California Water Action Plan implementation coordination and progress; Integrating flood and ecosystem planning in the Yolo Bypass

Janelle Beland and Kris Tjernell from the California Natural Resources Agency brief the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee on the progress in implementing the California Water Action Plan and the efforts to integrate flood and ecosystem planning in the Yolo Bypass. The Delta Reform Act of 2009 created the Delta Stewardship Council and charged it with developing a comprehensive plan […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Farms, floods, fowl and fish on the Yolo Bypass: Can we all get along here?

The California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center in the spring of 2014, brought together environmental leaders, scientists, agency officials, and others to discuss how water systems can be reconciled to achieve both ecosystem and economic objectives.  The series of talks focused on reconciliation ecology, an […]

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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 around relationships,” began Keith Coolidge.  […]

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Science news & reports: Modeling the Yolo Bypass, Knaggs Ranch results, nitrogen study, Elwha River restoration and geoengineering

New hydraulic modeling software aids in Yolo Bypass floodplain restoration:  The crew at UC Davis test drove a new hydraulic model developed by the Army Corps in their ongoing studies of the Yolo Bypass:  ” … We’re developing an optimization model to explore when, where and how floodwaters might most economically be applied to manage all the diverse activities.  The […]

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Tim Washburn on the history and future of Sacramento’s flood control system

On March 11th, 2013, the California Water Policy Seminar Series at UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences continued, hosting Tim Washburn, the Director of Planning for the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.  Mr. Washburn served as the Agency’s chief counsel from 1990 to 2009 when he was appointed to his current position.  Mr. Washburn gave a lively presentation on the […]

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