Sep 11, 2017

Press release: $1M grant for Sac Valley habitat

(Sacramento, California) September 11, 2017 — California Waterfowl will restore 936 acres and enhance 1,378 acres of wetlands in the north Sacramento Valley after receiving a $1 million federal grant through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Migratory and breeding waterfowl and shorebirds, as well as 12 federal- and state-listed species, will realize major habitat benefits from completed projects on new and exisiting wetlands and uplands. In total, $1 million in federal funds, coupled with $1.04 million in private landowner and state funds, will be used to improve and expand both public and privately owned habitats and the management capabilities on those habitats during this two-year grant. (Photos and additional info available upon request)

This grant will allow California Waterfowl to continue its habitat restoration and enhancement efforts that have been improving conditions in the north valley for waterfowl, many species of wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts.

Natural wetlands in California have declined by over 90% from an estimated five million acres historically, to less than 450,000 acres today. Projects such as these ensure that the remaining wetlands we have are managed in a way that makes them highly productive for the species that depend on their valuable resources throughout the year.

"By expanding and improving overall habitat conditions for all species that rely on our wetland and riparian habitats, this grant and the partners involved are making a difference for all wildlife." said Chadd Santerre, senior biologist and wetland programs supervisor with California Waterfowl. "California Waterfowl has been working for nearly 30 years to restore the state's wetlands, and this grant continues our extensive conservation efforts taking place throughout the state."

CWA will use the grant funds to develop infrastructure that allows for better water control and management on new and existing wetlands. This will lead to better production of seed-bearing plants that waterfowl prefer while they winter and breed in the Valley.

Locations where the work will take place include: CWA’s work will benefit habitat in the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area’s Little Dry Creek Unit and Howard Slough Unit, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Sutter and Butte Sink National Wildlife Refuges and an additional seven private properties spread throughout historic District 10, the Butte Sink, Sutter Basin and the Lambertville area.

The Wetlands of the Sacramento Valley, Phase II grant was awarded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, which is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Work on the project will begin in the spring of 2018 and will continue through the end of 2019. Major contributing partners include the state’s Wildlife Conservation Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Placer Land Trust, seven private landowners and California Waterfowl.

Chadd Santerre, Wetland Programs Supervisor