Statewide Ecosystem and Watershed Projects Receive $26 Million in Funding

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Funds from the Proposition 1 grant will be used by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for 23 projects designed to benefit ecosystem restoration and protection.

The awards, totaling $26 million, were awarded under the Watershed Restoration Grant Prop. 1 of CDFW 2022 and the Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grants Program solicitation notice.

Of the $26 million, approximately $21 million has been awarded to 15 projects statewide through the Prop Watershed Restoration Grant Program. 1. Approximately $5 million has been awarded to eight projects under the Prop grant program. 1 Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant to projects that directly benefit the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

“California’s fish, wildlife and their habitats face the continuing impacts of climate change, including persistent drought conditions,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “These affected species need significant conservation and protection efforts more than ever. The projects that received funding this year represent a collective effort to address these challenges and achieve our conservation goals under California’s 30×30 initiative.

Approved projects complement CDFW’s ongoing species recovery initiatives and provide resilience to climate change, representing the priorities outlined in the solicitation, as well as the California Water Action Plan, State Wildlife Action, Sacramento Valley Salmon Resilience Strategy, Delta Plan, California EcoRestore, Safeguarding California Plan, California Biodiversity Initiative, and CDFW Mission Fulfillment.

Projects approved for funding under the Prop. 1 for water quality and the restoration of delta ecosystems include a number of scientific studies.

• Green Sturgeon population monitoring and habitat analysis ($812,184 to Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz)

• Quantifying the relative risk of delta fish population collapse ($358,463 to Regents of the University of California, Davis)

• Where, when and how do wetlands export food for smelt to the open waters of the estuary? ($703,883 to San Francisco State University)

• Socio-ecological potential for co-management of tidal wetlands for fish and poultry ($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: Tidal Wetlands Phase II and Restoration ($196,114 to Point Blue Conservation Science)

• Quantification of juvenile salmonid component mortality rates ($565,268 to Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz)

• Feasibility of Acoustic Telemetry at Delta Smelt ($1,226,518 to Regents of 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)

Projects approved for funding through the Prop. 1 include acquisition, implementation and planning efforts.

Acquisition projects:

• Acquisition of the Upper Truckee River watershed in 2022 ($1,500,000 to California Tahoe Conservancy)

• YMCA Camp Jones Gulch Conservation Easement ($1,002,000 to Sempervirens Fund)

Implementation projects:

• Lower Stotenburg Creek Coho Habitat Improvement Implementation Project ($946,848 to Smith River Alliance)

• Wheeler Gorge Campground Fish Passage Project – Implementation ($2,972,220 to Earth Island Institute)

• Finney-Ramer Unit Habitat Restoration Project Phase 1 ($1,816,516 for River Partners)

• Restoration of Lower Lacey Meadow ($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: Improving the Survivability of Steelhead and Coho Salmon from the Central Coast of California in the San Lorenzo River Watershed (1,116 $166 to the San Lorenzo Valley Water District)

Planning projects:

• Kelsey Creek Fish Passage Project ($350,000 to Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians)

• Cedar Creek Habitat Restoration and Crossing 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 Improvement Project Phase II ($1,000,000 to San Diego Association of Governments)

• Robles Fish Passage and Diversion Design Planning Project ($1,557,926 to Ventura County Watershed Protection District)

• Scott Creek Coastal Resilience Project: Climate Change Engineering Studies and Planning ($409,133 to Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District)

Other projects are still under consideration. General information about Prop. 1 of CDFW, as well as a schedule of upcoming grant applications, once available, can be viewed at Wildlife.ca.gov/grants.

Funding for these projects comes from Prop bond funds. 1, a portion of which is allocated annually through the California State Budget Act. More information about Prop. 1 are on the California Natural Resources Agency website.

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