Tag Archives: habitat restoration

Fish Restoration Program update: Prospect Island, Decker Island, and more Delta restoration news


From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW): Prospect Island EIR Progress FRP staff and consultants continue to develop the Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR), in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The EIR analyzes project alternatives and stakeholder input as part of the […]

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Turning the tide for wildlife on Humboldt Bay

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From USFWS Field Notes: For conservationists in the uppermost parts of coastal northern California there is a great desire to restore tidal influences to diked coastal wetland habitats surrounding Humboldt Bay, which is second only to San Francisco Bay in terms of size, and the numbers and diversity of migratory waterbirds that winter along California’s coastal Pacific Flyway.  Estuaries are […]

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Cullinan finally in the fold


From Estuary News: “Real estate developers often name their projects for what they’ve displaced: Quail Acres, Live Oak Estates. Egret Bay would have been another such necronym. The 4,500-home development proposed for the former Cullinan Ranch on San Pablo Bay in 1983 would have left little room for egrets, or other birds. A citizen’s group, Vallejoans for Cost Efficient Growth, […]

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Rethinking wetland restoration: Smaller wetlands more valuable than previously thought


From Science Daily: “Most efforts to protect and restore wetlands mistakenly focus on preserving only total wetland area, with no consideration of ecosystem services provided by different wetland types, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.  The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Ecological Applications last month, shows wetland loss follows a strong pattern, with smaller, isolated […]

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Shrinking habitats have adverse effects on world ecosystems:


From Science Daily: “An extensive study of global habitat fragmentation — the division of habitats into smaller and more isolated patches — points to major trouble for a number of the world’s ecosystems and the plants and animals living in them.  The study shows that 70 percent of existing forest lands are within a half-mile of the forest edge, where […]

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The Delta Landscapes project: Creating a spatial framework to inform restoration planning

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A new report uses landscape metrics in both the historical and contemporary Delta to help define, design, and evaluate functional, resilient landscapes for the estuary’s future From Maven’s Notebook: “The state of California has set ambitious restoration goals for restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem as embodied in the Delta Plan; those goals include restoring large areas of interconnected habitats within […]

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Habitat restoration brings back Oregon chub

Oregon chub

From Courthouse News: “Sun streamed through bare willow branches lining the North Santiam River as a great blue heron plucked a pike minnow from the shallow edge. Clumps of gelatinous salamander egg masses shone like jewels in the mud. Two wintering bald eagles soared overhead. And the tiny Oregon chub thrived in the warm, shallow water.  “At first we thought […]

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River algae affecting mercury pollution at Superfund site

From Science Daily: “Dartmouth scientists and their colleagues have found that periphyton — a community of algae, bacteria and other natural material living on submerged surfaces — is helping to transform mercury pollution from a Superfund site along a New Hampshire river into a more toxic form of the metal.  The study also found lower than anticipated levels of methylmercury […]

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Yolo Bypass Symposium, Part 3: Farms, flood, fish, and fowl: Putting the puzzle together


Stakeholders discuss how to integrating the multiple plans and processes in the Yolo Bypass Land use in the Yolo Bypass is dominated by agriculture; it is part of Yolo County’s heritage as well as a vital of its economy. Farming activities in the bypass generally begin in late spring and extend through the summer, when flooding is uncommon. Primary crops […]

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Yolo Bypass Symposium part 2: Fish, fowl, and the mercury conundrum


Restoration efforts have succeeded in restoring waterfowl populations in the Yolo Bypass; can the same happen now for fish? Plus the latest research on methylmercury and wetlands restoration. When the floodwaters flow into the Yolo Bypass in the late winter and early spring in some years, dramatic changes occur. Salmon, splittail, and other native fish species come onto the floodplain […]

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