The California Department of Fish and Wildlife Awarded $26 million for ecosystem and watershed restoration, and projection and scientific studies statewide. Go to the official California Department of Fish and Wildlife webpage to read the full article. The highlights are included below.
What is the $26 Million Going To?
The department has selected 23 ecosystem and watershed restoration projects to fund this upcoming year under the Proposition 1 Watershed Restoration Grant and Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program.
Of the $26 million, approximately $21 million was awarded to 15 projects statewide through the Prop. 1 Watershed Restoration Grant Program. Approximately $5 million was awarded to eight projects through the Prop. 1 Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program to projects that directly benefit the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. (Source)
“These impacted species need strong conservation and protection efforts now more than ever. The projects that were awarded funding this year represent a collective effort to meet these challenges and push toward our conservation goals.”- California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director, Charlton H. Bonham
California Fish and Wildlife Projects
Below is a list of some of the projects that are being helped by this $26 million and what they plan to use the money for.
- 2022 Upper Truckee River Watershed Acquisition ($1,500,000 to California Tahoe Conservancy)
- YMCA Camp Jones Gulch Conservation Easement ($1,002,000 to Sempervirens Fund)
- Lower Stotenburg Creek Coho Habitat Enhancement Implementation Project ($946,848 to Smith River Alliance)
- Wheeler Gorge Campground Fish Passage Project – Implementation ($2,972,220 to Earth Island Institute)
- Phase 1 Finney-Ramer Unit Habitat Restoration Project ($1,816,516 to River Partners)
- Lower Lacey Meadow Restoration ($1,344,890 to Truckee River Watershed Council)
- Rowdy and Dominie Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project ($6,108,032 to Tolowa Dee-ni Nation)
- Fall Creek Fish Ladder Rehabilitation Project: Enhancing Survivability of Central California Coast Steelhead and Coho Salmon in the San Lorenzo River Watershed ($1,116,166 to San Lorenzo Valley Water District)
- Kelsey Creek Fish Passage Project ($350,000 to Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians)
- Cedar Creek Habitat Restoration and Passage Improvement Design ($202,291 to Hoopa Tribal Fisheries)
- Soda Creek Restoration and Fisheries Improvement Planning Project ($180,327 to Trout Unlimited)
- Clear Creek ACID Siphon Fish Passage Planning Project ($499,734 to Western Shasta Resource Conservation District)
- Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Project Phase II ($1,000,000 to San Diego Association of Governments)
- Robles Diversion and Fish Passage Design Planning Project ($1,557,926 to Ventura County Watershed Protection District)
- Scott Creek Coastal Resiliency Project: Climate Change Technical Studies and Planning ($409,133 to Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County)
- Green Sturgeon Population Monitoring and Habitat Analysis ($812,184 to Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz)
- Quantifying Relative Risk of Collapse for Delta Fish Populations ($358,463 to Regents of the University of California, Davis)
- Where, When and How do Wetlands Export Food for Smelt to Open Waters of the Estuary? ($703,883 to San Francisco State University)
- Socio-Ecological Potential for Co-management of Tidal Wetlands for Fish and Fowl ($944,551 to Regents of the University of California, Davis)
- Trade-offs and Co-benefits of Landscape Change in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta: Phase II Tidal Wetlands and Restoration ($196,114 to Point Blue Conservation Science)
- Quantifying Component Mortality Rates of Juvenile Salmonids ($565,268 to Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz)
- Feasibility of Acoustic Telemetry in Delta Smelt ($1,226,518 to Regents of the University of California, Davis)
- When the Rubber Meets the River: An Assessment of 6PPD-quinone on Delta Species of Conservation Concern ($547,024 to Regents of the University of California, Davis)
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Source: CWFD, N/A. “CDFW News: CDFW Awards $26 Million for Ecosystem and Watershed Restoration, Protection and Scientific Study Projects Statewide.” CDFW, 22 June 2022, https://wildlife.ca.gov/News/cdfw-awards-26-million-for-ecosystem-and-watershed-restoration-protection-and-scientific-study-projects-statewide.