Delta Conservancy Board Approves Millions for Projects

Nov. 16, 2022
WEST SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Board today approved dozens of new projects, totaling up to $10.8 million, and paved the way for an additional $42 million for multi-benefit projects in the Delta.

The Board unanimously approved an award of up to $10.8 million for 64 Delta Drought Response Pilot Program (DDRPP) projects for water year 2023.

The 2023 Delta Drought Response Pilot Program was developed through a collaborative effort between the Department of Water Resources, the Office of the Delta Watermaster, The Nature Conservancy, and the Delta Conservancy, in coordination with Delta water users.

The goals of the 2023 program are to reduce drought stress in the Delta watershed by incentivizing agricultural water users to incorporate practices into their operations that:

  • Conserve water on a net basis during the 2023 water year
  • Protect Delta water quality by providing an added buffer against salinity intrusion
  • Promote soil health
  • Mitigate potential drought impacts on fish and migratory birds

Click here to read more about the program.

Additionally, the Board approved draft solicitation notices for Climate Resilience, Community Access, and Natural Resource Protection (CAR) and Nature Based Solutions: Wetland Restoration (NBS: WR) funding. The funding opportunities, $42 million in total, will be administered as non-competitive grant programs without proposal submission deadlines.

Grants funded through CAR funding should be multi-benefit projects that advance the state’s initiatives to build climate resilience, expand outdoor access for all, and advance California’s 30×30 goal to conserve and protect 30 percent of the state’s land and coastal waters by 2030. Grants funded through NBS: WR should support restoration, conservation, and climate resilience for wetlands in the Delta and Suisun Marsh.

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Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Week 2022

Sen. Dodd Announces Delta Week

Sept. 21, 2022
SACRAMENTO – In recognition of the critical role the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta plays in California’s economy and environment, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, has designated the last week of September as Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Week.

“The Delta is a cherished watershed and the very lifeblood of California’s water system,” Sen. Dodd said. “It is vital to our state as both a natural resource teeming with abundant wildlife and fish and a vital economic driver for tourism, recreation and Delta farmers. We must continue to protect it for future generations by preventing pollution and further marshland degradation and promoting its environmental health.”

Photo of Senator Bill Dodd
Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa

In Recognition of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Week 2022

Photo of Sacramento-San Joaquin Executive Officer Campbell Ingram with an aerial photo of the Delta in the background

Sept. 22, 2022
WEST SACRAMENTO — You can’t overstate the beauty and significance of the Delta. At the confluence of California’s two largest rivers, the Delta is the hub of California’s water supply, an incredible agricultural region, a great recreation and tourism destination, and an incredible ecosystem.

The Delta is such a special place, and we at the Delta Conservancy are proud of our partnerships and efforts to provide balanced ecosystem restoration and economic development in this great region. To date, the Delta Conservancy has funded over 70 locally supported grants that have improved important ecological functions, provided critical economic improvements through improved access for recreation and tourism, improved climate resilience, and supported drought management efforts. We do this work in partnership with the Delta community, our sister agencies, and a host of project partners.

In Recognition of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Week 2022

By Campbell Ingram, Executive Officer, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy

Sept. 22, 2022
WEST SACRAMENTO — Senate Concurrent Resolution 119 proclaims the last week of September as Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Week in the State of California.

You can’t overstate the beauty and significance of the Delta. At the confluence of California’s two largest rivers, the Delta is the hub of California’s water supply, an incredible agricultural region, a great recreation and tourism destination, and an incredible ecosystem.

The Delta is such a special place, and we at the Delta Conservancy are proud of our partnerships and efforts to provide balanced ecosystem restoration and economic development in this great region. To date, the Delta Conservancy has funded over 70 locally supported grants that have improved important ecological functions, provided critical economic improvements through improved access for recreation and tourism, improved climate resilience, and supported drought management efforts. We do this work in partnership with the Delta community, our sister agencies, and a host of project partners.

The Delta is special every week, so let’s take this opportunity reflect on and celebrate the uniqueness and importance of the region and remind ourselves that our best chance to preserve it is by working together.

If you have questions about our work, please send an email to contact@deltaconservancy.ca.gov.

Sen. Dodd Announces Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Week

VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/4zsC7EWccTs

Sept. 21, 2022
SACRAMENTO – In recognition of the critical role the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta plays in California’s economy and environment, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, has designated the last week of September as Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Week.

“The Delta is a cherished watershed and the very lifeblood of California’s water system,” Sen. Dodd said. “It is vital to our state as both a natural resource teeming with abundant wildlife and fish and a vital economic driver for tourism, recreation and Delta farmers. We must continue to protect it for future generations by preventing pollution and further marshland degradation and promoting its environmental health.”

Senate Concurrent Resolution 119 establishes Delta Week, which kicks off Sept. 25.

Sen. Dodd lauded the stewardship and restoration efforts of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy and Delta Protection Commission. Both have been instrumental in protecting the crucial expanse, formed by the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, which supports more than 750 species of plants and wildlife as well as more than 55 species of fish and hosts over 12 million visitors a year.

“Those who have experienced the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta know what a special place it is and the large impact it has on the daily lives of all Californians,” said Campbell Ingram, executive officer of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy. “Delta Week showcases the Delta’s important role as the heart of California’s water system, the home to about 500,000 acres of productive agricultural land, and a world-class recreation and tourism destination.”

“Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Week will be an opportunity to highlight the Delta’s importance to all Californians,” said Bruce Blodgett, executive director of the Delta Protection Commission. “The Delta is amongst the most fertile agricultural regions in the world. The Delta’s agricultural value led the passage of the Delta Protection Act of 1992 to make sure our farmland in the Delta is protected. The social, cultural and economic values led to the creation of the Sacramento-San Joaquin National Heritage Area by Congress. Valuing the needs of the Delta is fundamental to protecting California’s economy and environment. The Commission looks forward to continuing to work with federal, state, and local agencies to protect, maintain, enhance and enrich the overall quality of the Delta environment and economy.”

To learn more about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy’s mission to preserve, protect and restore the natural resources, economy and agriculture of the Delta, visit: http://deltaconservancy.ca.gov/. For information on the Delta Protection Commission, visit: https://delta.ca.gov/

The Delta Watershed is your backyard playground — a short drive from the San Francisco Bay, Sacramento, and Stockton areas. Explore www.VisitCADelta.com for places to stay, eat, and play during Delta Week.

For more information, visit Sen. Dodd’s website at http://sd03.senate.ca.gov/

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Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at www.sen.ca.gov/dodd.

California Coastal Cleanup Day is September 17

Across the state — from the coast to the rivers to the Delta — Californians are invited to come out and make our world a more beautiful place to live in as part of Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17.

Most cleanup efforts will be active from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Click here for Delta-specific cleanup opportunities.

Open the California Coastal Commission map to see all the cleanup locations across the state and to learn more about Coastal Cleanup Day.

The arms and hands of two volunteers wearing green rubber gloves collecting trash into a clear plastic trash bag along the waterline during the Creek Clean Up.

Delta Conservancy Board Elects New Chair, Approves Millions for Projects

The projects will support ecosystem restoration, climate resilience, community enhancement, and public access

July 27, 2022
WEST SACRAMENTO –
 The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Board today elected a new Chair and approved seven new projects, totaling up to $5.4 million, as part of multiple programs aimed at improving Delta conditions related to ecosystem restoration, climate resilience, community enhancement, and public access.

Solano County Supervisor Mitch Mashburn will serve as the Conservancy’s Board Chair for 2022-2023. He will replace Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli, who was Chair for 2021-2022. Board Member Sandi Matsumoto will continue to serve as the Conservancy Board’s Vice Chair.

“The Conservancy looks forward to having Supervisor Mashburn as our new Chair. We offer our many thanks to Supervisor Nottoli for serving in the post and congratulate him on his upcoming retirement in January 2023,” said Campbell Ingram, Delta Conservancy Executive Officer.

The seven newly approved projects involve dozens of entities partnering to improve the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The projects comprise wetland restoration, enhancing habitat conditions for animals and plants, invasive species removal, improving water quality, increasing public access to natural areas, and bolstering habitat resiliency to climate change.

“These projects were developed and approved with local support and will continue the vital work of enhancing the Delta ecosystem and economy in the short and long term,” Ingram said.

The approved projects are:

Delta Conservancy Announces Climate Resilience, Community Access, and Natural Resource Protection Funding

The Budget Act of 2021 provided the Delta Conservancy with a one-time general fund allocation of $5,250,000 for projects that support climate resilience, community access, and natural resource protection activities that benefit the Delta (collectively known as Climate, Access, and Resource (CAR) funding).

The Delta Conservancy has determined that proposals submitted through the Conservancy’s Proposition 1 (Cycle 5) or Proposition 68 Grants Programs may be supported through the CAR program if the project meets CAR requirements.

Learn more about CAR funding opportunities.

Delta Island Adaptations Public Survey

The goal of the Delta Islands Adaptation (DIA) Project is to improve the resilience and sustainability of the islands in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta owned by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) by the most cost-effective means. The four islands considered in the study include Webb Tract, Bouldin Island, Bacon Island, and Holland Tract. The DIA planning effort consists of 2 phases: (1) Island selection and (2) detailed landscape mosaic scenario planning and design for the selected island. The survey will close on May 1st, 2022.

Click here to view the survey.

This survey is intended to solicit public input on the DIA project objectives and potential opportunities that exist on the islands, and to integrate this input into the planning process. All survey responses will remain anonymous, and results will be made public and posted on the project’s website, where you can view a recording of the March 15th public workshop and find more detailed information about the project: https://deltaislandadaptations-ucdavis.hub.arcgis.com/

Delta Island Adaptations: First Public Workshop

The public is invited to a March 15, 2022, public workshop on the new Delta Island Adaptations (DIA) planning effort, which is exploring ways to improve the resilience and sustainability of islands in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta owned by Metropolitan Water District (MWD). These four islands face adaptation challenges similar to many other subsided lands in the Central Delta, and are crucial to meeting the State’s co-equal goals of ecosystem restoration, water supply reliability for California, and valuing the Delta as an evolving place for those who live, work and recreate within it.

MWD’s Delta islands provide a unique opportunity to advance science, research and collaboration to support the above goals. Metropolitan is embarking on the DIA Project through a Prop 1 Watershed Restoration Grant from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Through a collaborative and transparent co-design process, a team of experts are developing a comprehensive analysis of land use opportunities for subsidence reversal, sustainable agricultural practices, carbon sequestration, water quality, recreation, indigenous land stewardship and habitat restoration.

Workshop registration: https://bit.ly/3uZFOo6

Public Workshop Agenda

  • Introduction to the DIA project and its co-design/planning process
  • Virtual tour of the four MET Delta islands involved in the study
  • Presentation of the project’s draft objectives
  • Release of a public survey soliciting feedback on the project

For more information: https://bit.ly/3uSGX0K

Click here to view the event flyer

Delta Conveyance Project
Environmental Justice Community Survey

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) undertook the “Your Delta, Your Voice” survey to gather input from disadvantaged community members who live or work in the Delta. The survey was available online from September 30 through December 11, 2020. DWR arranged for Ag Innovations to lead survey development and outreach. They were supported by numerous partners and agency staff.

The objective of the survey was to inform DWR through gaining a better understanding of the priorities, values, and needs of Delta’s diverse communities. It also aimed to gather perspectives and information about how community members value, experience, and depend on the region’s cultural, recreational, natural, agricultural, and economic resources in order to identify how the project may impact those resources or potentially bring benefits to Delta communities.

The full Environmental Justice Community Survey Report and Executive Summary are available in additional languages on the Delta Conveyance Project’s Environmental Justice webpage.

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