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/

“Reorienting to Recovery:” Central Valley Salmon Recovery Project

The “Reorienting to Recovery” seeks to engage interested parties across the salmonid landscape in an inclusive, collaborative, and structured process to:

  • Identify a suite of implementable and impactful actions that will advance the recovery of the four distinct runs of California Central Valley (CV) salmon and steelhead throughout their life cycle; and
  • Establish broad support and buy-in for these preferred actions by making trade-offs transparent and balancing participants’ diverse values, perspectives, and priorities.

To find out how to engage in this effort, the public can attend a webinar on March 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Join by Zoom
https://kearnswest.zoom.us/j/7936816238?pwd=cHlLWGsyWWc3Q0h5SHVoYXJWMDJyZz09
Meeting ID: 793 681 6238; Zoom Passcode: 123abc
Or call-in: +17207072699
Meeting ID: 793 681 6238; Call-in Passcode: 078739

Click here to view the webinar flyer
Central Valley Salmon Recovery: Project Phases
Salmon Recovery FAQs

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.

Zoom Meeting Tips

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ACR Presents Innovation Award to the Delta Conservancy
(By: American Carbon Registry ) | (April 20, 2017)

The American Carbon Registry presented the Innovation Award to the developers of a landmark methodology for California wetland restoration. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy was honored as the lead agency.

Last night, the American Carbon Registry (ACR), a nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International, hosted its annual gala reception to recognize and thank its members and partners. ACR Director John Kadyszewski welcomed guests, presented highlights from the year and described the awards to be presented, including the individual Climate Leadership award as well as organizational awards based on ACR’s guiding principles of innovation, quality and excellence.

The Innovation award was presented to the developers of a landmark methodology for California wetland restoration. ACR honored the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy as the lead agency, HydroFocus as the lead author and both U.C. Berkeley and Tierra Resources for technical support for the development of the methodology for the Restoration of California Deltaic and Coastal Wetlands. Funding for the methodology was provided by the California Coastal Conservancy, Department of Water Resources, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Metropolitan Water District and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).

In the San Francisco Bay Area, more than 90 percent of historic tidal wetlands disappeared in the last 150 years. Over 2.5 billion cubic meters of organic soils have disappeared since delta islands were first diked and drained for agriculture in the late 1800s, resulting in land subsidence up to 25 feet below sea level. Drained and cultivated organic soils in the delta continue to oxidize, subside and emit an estimated one to two million metric tons of CO2-equivalent annually — equal to annual emissions from over 300,000 passenger vehicles.

“We have been pleased to work with ACR and other partners on this methodology and appreciate the recognition,” said Steve Deverel, president of HydroFocus. “Restoration activities that rebuild subsided lands are critical to long-term ecosystem sustainability, are important to reducing the risk of levy failure and sea level rise, and are a significant source of GHG emissions reductions.”

“State and federal funding remains insufficient to address land subsidence that threatens the California water system, and carbon market revenues could help fill the funding gap,” added Campbell Ingram, executive officer of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy. “The new ACR methodology provides an incentive to landowners in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Suisun Marsh and other historically natural wetland areas in California to convert their most subsided and marginal agricultural lands to wetlands, or to produce wetlands crops such as rice, which will stop land subsidence and reverse it over time.”

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