Delta Conservancy In the News

Equipment on this tower measures fluctuations in greenhouse gas emissions for managed wetlands on Sherman Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Can Carbon Credits Save Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Islands and Protect California’s Vital Water Hub? (web link) 
(By: Gary Pitzer, Western Water) | (Feb 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.

A wetland created by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Sherman Island in the Delta. Photo by Jonno Rattman.

Want to Prevent California’s Katrina? Grow a Marsh (web link) 
(By: Moises Velasquez-Manoff, Bay Nature Magazine ) | (Sept 16, 2019)

Subsidence is a problem in the Delta because much of the water that irrigates the Central Valley, and that many Californians depend on for drinking water, is pumped through a sprawling network of canals from the Delta. A large enough breach of those levees—especially if it affected many of the Delta’s 57 islands simultaneously—could hamper the flow of fresh water to the Central Valley, leaving huge swaths of the state without usable water for months, even years.

Aerial view of the Blacklock restoration site in Suisun Marsh. Photo by Department of Water Resources.

DWR Awarded Prop 1 Grant to Study Removal Methods of Highly-Invasive Plant in Suisun Marsh (web link) 
(By: California Department of Water Resources ) | (Sept 11, 2019)

With funding from the Delta Conservancy’s Proposition 1 Grant Program, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) will begin a study this October to determine the effectiveness and environmental impacts of various ways to control a highly invasive plant species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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CDFW Releases Delta Conservation Framework (web link) 
(By: California Department of Fish and Wildlife) | (Jan 15, 2019)

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released the Delta Conservation Framework as a comprehensive resource and guide for conservation planning in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta through 2050.

Large excavator, caterpillar front loader, and construction trucks on a large, flat excavated site in a Delta open space area. Photo by Roni Gehlke for Bay Area News Group.

Around East County: Progress on Marsh Project Causing Excitement (web link)  
(By: Roni Gehlke, East Bay Times) | (Updated Oct 16, 2018)

Construction has begun on the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Wetland Restoration Project, allowing wetlands to be grown and offering a natural habitat for water birds and mammals.

Roger Cornwell, General Manager of River Garden Farms, in a parking lot with an example of a refuge composed of large pieces of woody debris tied to a man-sized rock like the ones that were lowered into the Sacramento River at Redding to shelter juvenile salmon. Photo by Water Education Foundation.

When Water Worries Often Pit Farms vs. Fish, a Sacramento Valley Farm is Trying to Address the Needs of Both (web link)
(By: Gary Pitzer, Western Water News) | (Aug 24, 2018)

River Garden Farms is piloting projects that could add habitat and food to aid Sacramento River salmon.

Nutria - Myocastor coypus.  Photo by California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California v Nutria: State Seeks to Eradicate Scourge of Giant Rodents (web link)
(By: Alastair Gee, The Guardian) | (Aug 15, 2018)

As the dog-sized creatures destroy wetlands and dig through levees, officials have a goal: total extermination.

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Bay Point Regional Shoreline Restoration and Public Access Project (web link)
(By: East Bay Regional Park District) | (2018)

The East Bay Regional Park District will restore wetlands and grasslands, and improve public access to the shoreline by raising trail elevations, improving disabled access, creating new viewpoints, and installing interpretive panels supporting environmental education.

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Wetland Restoration is Working at Bay Point Regional Shoreline (web link)
(By: San Francisco Bay Joint Venture) | (Jan 29, 2018)

The East Bay Regional Park District is working to restore up to 30 acres of marshland along the Bay Point Regional Shoreline.

Chemical treatment of arundo at a steep shoreline from an aerial boom lift hanging over the water.

Chemical and Biological Control of Arundo at Brannan Island State Recreation Area (web link)
(By: Aaron Haiman, UC Weed Science) | (Feb 14, 2018)

This story is about the Delta Conservancy’s work on arundo control in the Delta.

Land, water and roads in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Photo by Randall Benton, The Sacramento Bee.

California’s Delta Poised to Become Massive Carbon Bank (web link)
(By: Matt Weiser, Water Deeply) | (June 9, 2017)

This story is about the Delta Conservancy’s work on a new carbon banking methodology.

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ACR Approves Landmark Carbon Offset Methodology for California Wetland Restoration (web link)
(By: American Carbon Registry ) | (April 25, 2017)

The American Carbon Registry announced approval of a new carbon offset methodology to scientifically quantify greenhouse gas emissions reductions from the restoration of California deltaic and coastal wetlands. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy was the lead agency in developing this methodology.

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ACR Presents Innovation Award to the Delta Conservancy (web link)
(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.