Notice RE: Office Closure
The Delta Conservancy office is closed due to COVID-19 related directives and orders from state and local agencies to prevent the spread of the virus. Staff are working remotely. You may email or call staff as usual, but responses to telephone messages may be slightly delayed. You may also reach us at our general email firstname.lastname@example.org and mail telephone (916) 375-2084.
All Californians are encouraged to follow the advice of the California Department of Public Health and local health agencies to prevent the spread of the virus.
Delta Conservancy March Board Meeting
The next Conservancy Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
NOTICE RE: BOARD MEETING
Consistent with current guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 issued March 18, 2020, to maximize social distancing and public safety, the Delta Conservancy will conduct this meeting by telephone only. Board members, staff, and the public may participate remotely using this teleconference phone number and access code:
Phone number: 1-877-402-9753
Access Code: 3752086 (press # after entering code)
Connecting to the teleconference line may take several tries due to a general increase in demand on the system. However, the system does have sufficient capacity; if you get an error or busy signal, please redial until you connect.
In order to accommodate the teleconference format, several non-essential updates have are being postponed, as noted on the agenda. We will resume providing these updates as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding as we adjust our operations to protect public health while continuing our important work.
Can Carbon Credits Save Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Islands and Protect California’s Vital Water Hub?
By: Gary Pitzer,
Western Water, February 27, 2020
The islands of the western Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are sinking as the rich peat soil that attracted generations of farmers dries out and decays. As the peat decomposes, it releases tons of carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas – into the atmosphere. As the islands sink, the levees that protect them are at increasing risk of failure, which could imperil California’s vital water conveyance system.
An ambitious plan now in the works could halt the decay, sequester the carbon and potentially reverse the sinking. Click here to read the full article (web link).
Community and Economic Enhancement Grant Program (Proposition 68) Now Open
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy is excited to announce the opening of our new Community and Economic Enhancement Grant Program. Starting January 6, 2020, we will accept concept proposals on a rolling basis. Click here for more information and to download the concept proposal template (web link).
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Awards $11 Million in Proposition 1 Grants
We are proud to announce that the Delta Conservancy Board has approved seven grants, totaling $11 million, as part of the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) Grant Program.
Combined, these seven projects involve 51 entities partnering together to improve the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The $11 million awarded in this cycle will fund the following projects.
- Blacklock Restoration: Phragmites Control Project ($387,440), Department of Water Resources – Test methods for controlling invasive species for future restoration at the Blacklock restoration site.
- Delta Working Waterways Habitat Restoration Planning ($347,481), Solano Resource Conservation District – Plan for restoration and enhancement of waterways and edge habitats on working lands in Solano County.
- Paradise Cut Conservation and Flood Management Project, Phase 2 ($265,254), San Joaquin County Resource Conservation District – Outreach and planning to advance the Paradise Cut Flood Bypass in San Joaquin County.
- Lower San Joaquin Riparian Corridor ($522,027), American Rivers – Plan for restoration of floodplain and riparian habitat along the lower San Joaquin River.
- Marsh Creek Channel Restoration ($519,493), American Rivers – Plan for restoration of floodplain and riparian habitat along Marsh Creek.
- Nutria Eradication Project, Phase 2 ($8,483,080), California Department of Fish and Wildlife – To prevent detrimental impacts to habitat and water quality by eradicating nutria, a destructive invasive species.
- Oakley Creekside Park ($436,465), City of Oakley – Plan for restoration of floodplain and riparian habitat along Marsh Creek.
These projects are part of the fourth cycle of Proposition 1 grants awarded by the Delta Conservancy. To date the program has funded $35.3 million for 26 grants, benefiting more than 8,065 acres of habitat in the Delta.