Ecosystem Restoration Program

The Legislature directed that the Conservancy act as a primary state agency to implement ecosystem restoration in the Delta in collaboration and cooperation with local governments and interested parties. The Conservancy will participate in restoration to the extent that projects are consistent with its mission, policies, and authorities and funding is available. The Conservancy’s ecosystem restoration activities must be consistent with the Delta Plan, the Delta Protection Commission’s Land Use and Resource Management Plan for the Primary Zone of the Delta, the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, the 2011 Habitat Management, Preservation and Restoration Plan for the Suisun Marsh, and the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act of 1977. In addition, the Conservancy will strive for consistency with the local habitat conservation plans (HCPs) and natural community conservation plans (NCCPs) currently underway and planned in Delta counties.

The Conservancy will follow the following principles and legislative requirements when engaging in restoration activities:

  • Work in collaboration and cooperation with local, state, and federal agencies, non-public organizations, and interested parties
  •  Shall not exercise the power of eminent domain
  •  Use conservation easements to accomplish ecosystem restoration whenever feasible

For more information on ecosystem restoration in the Delta, please see the following:

Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program (Proposition 1)

Arundo Control and Restoration Project

Planning Efforts Related to Ecosystem Restoration

Delta Restoration Network

EcoAtlas – Map of ecosystem restoration projects in the Delta