Proposition 1 Cycle 4 Awarded Grants

1801 – Mello-Jensen Heirs Sandhill Crane Preserve Conservation Easement

Grantee: Agricultural-Natural Resources Trust
Amount: $2,263,472
Coordinates: -121.5319977, 38.1875

The Mello-Jensen Heirs Sandhill Crane Preserve and Conservation Easement project will preserve Sandhill crane habitat by placing a conservation easement on 275 acres of farmland. The easement will allow the land to continue to be farmed while ensuring that it remains managed to benefit crane populations. This project is located in Sacramento County on Tyler Island.

1803 – Blacklock Restoration: Phragmites Control Study

Grantee: Department of Water Resources
Amount: $387,440
Coordinates: -121.9120026, 38.17869949

This project will study the feasibility, efficacy, and environmental impacts of Phragmites control methods to inform site-wide Phragmites control within the publicly-owned Blacklock property.  Blacklock is a multi-benefit ecosystem restoration site in the Suisun Marsh in Solano County. Phragmites is the most widespread nonnative species of concern in the Suisun Marsh.  It dominates the site, which prohibits native vegetation and reduces habitat diversity, negatively impacting native aquatic and avian species. Effective methods for Phragmites control are well-established, but no control method is currently allowed in tidal marshes, as there is concern about negative impacts on sensitive species. This project will provide information on the environmental impacts of Phragmites control actions in tidal wetlands.  This will facilitate the evaluation, permitting, and implementation of Phragmites control across the entire Blacklock site, and inform future management actions on other tidal wetlands.

1804 – Delta Working Waterways Habitat Restoration Planning

Grantee: Solano Resource Conservation District
Amount: $347,481
Coordinates: -121.7720032, 38.26549911

This project will complete planning, permitting, and site design to bring at least eight habitat restoration sites to shovel-ready condition in order to mimic or restore the function of floodplains, riparian forest, and wetlands. It will advance planning for restoration projects that will provide tangible habitat and water quality benefits, create corridors between historic marshland and upland habitat, and contribute to the economic and environmental sustainability of working agricultural lands. This project is located in Solano County, north of Rio Vista and southeast of Dixon. The restoration sites are along Lindsey Slough, Haas Slough, Ulatis Creek, the Big Ditch, Hastings Cut, Calhoun Cut, and Cache Slough.

1806 – Paradise Cut Conservation and Flood Management Project, Phase 2

Grantee: San Joaquin County Resource Conservation District
Amount: $265,254
Coordinates: -121.3359985, 37.77700043

This project is part of a multiphase effort to reduce flood risk to farms and cities and improve habitat for native species by constructing a bypass and restoring floodplain along the lower San Joaquin River. The Delta Conservancy also funded the first phase of this project. This second phase will identify and design implementation strategies that avoid or reduce impacts to downstream landowners. This project is located in San Joaquin County, immediately southwest of Paradise Cut and the San Joaquin River between the cities of Lathrop and Tracy.

1807 – Elk Slough Fish Passage and Flood Improvement

Grantee: Reclamation District 999
Amount: $984,695
Coordinates: -121.552002, 38.37350082

This project will prepare a detailed design plan for Elk Slough to restore a critical fish migration passage, enhance shaded riverine aquatic habitat, and substantially improve water quality.  The project will also implement flood protection improvements for the legacy Delta community of Clarksburg by installing flood gates at the upper and lower ends of Elk Slough and improving the levees to accommodate increased flow rates through the slough. These benefits will be achieved by more directly connecting Elk Slough to the Sacramento River, to provide an alternative route for federally-threatened winter run and spring-run Chinook salmon migrating through the Delta. This project is located in the southern portion of Yolo County, directly south of Clarksburg.

1808 – Lower San Joaquin Riparian Corridor

Grantee: American Rivers
Amount: $522,027
Coordinates: -121.314003, 37.79790115

This project will develop design plans and permit applications for riparian and floodplain restoration along a 2.5-mile stretch of the San Joaquin River. The project will advance planning for restoration that will provide habitat for migrating juvenile salmon and steelhead in an area lacking appropriate habitat. This project is located in San Joaquin County on the west bank of the San Joaquin River between Mossdale Bridge and the head of Old River, between the cities of Lathrop and Tracy.

1810 – Phase I San Joaquin River Floodplain Restoration and Floodway Enhancement at Banta-Carbona

Grantee: Banta-Carbona Irrigation District
Amount: $750,931
Coordinates: -121.2949982, 37.72340012

The Phase I San Joaquin River Floodplain Restoration and Floodway Enhancement at Banta-Carbona project will design and permit a multi-benefit habitat restoration project to advance planning for restoration of 30 acres of seasonally-inundated floodplain, and for improved water supply reliability. The project will improve rearing habitat for juvenile salmon, reduce flood risk, and address sedimentation at the grantee’s intake fish screen. This project is located in San Joaquin County near Manteca.

1813 – Nutria Eradication – Phase Two

Grantee: California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Amount: $8,483,080

This project seeks to eradicate nutria from California. Nutria are large, semi-aquatic rodents that cause significant negative ecological and economic impacts, including damage to wetlands, riparian habitat, restoration efforts, levees and other infrastructure, agriculture crops, and water supplies. This project aims to prevent the spread of nutria further into the Delta and will also be carried out across the state of California in areas of suitable nutria habitat.

1814 – Oakley Creekside Park Restoration

Grantee: City of Oakley
Amount: $436,465
Coordinates: -121.6880035, 37.98059845

This project will complete the design and permitting for multi-benefit ecosystem restoration to improve riparian and floodplain habitat on 2.4 acres along Marsh Creek in Contra Costa County. It will create an ecological corridor through the communities of Brentwood and Oakley and restore habitat for native birds, fish, and other species. This project will advance planning for restoration of riparian vegetation and frequently inundated floodplain to provide habitat for native fish and wildlife, improve water quality, increase resiliency to a changing climate, and enhance the trail user experience along Marsh Creek.