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Project: Willow Creek Ranch Water Distribution Improvements

Description: A grant to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., (DU) for a cooperative project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the landowners to enhance ±644 acres of wetlands on privately-owned property protected in perpetuity through USFWS conservation easements, located four miles west of Princeton in Glenn and Colusa Counties.

Reference Number: 36402013049

Implemented By: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Objective: This project will increase the efficiency of water use and allow drain water from rice lands and wetlands to be recaptured and used again for habitat management and agricultural production. It will reduce water delivery and drainage conflicts between rice and wetlands, reduce mosquito production and the risk of an outbreak of West Nile Virus, and improve habitat conditions on important private wetlands by improving water and vegetation management capabilities. This project will restore and enhance wetland habitat and thereby improve breeding, migration, and wintering habitat for a variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds. It will also improve habitat conditions for state and/or federally threatened or endangered species and other special status species (e.g. greater sandhill crane, giant garter snake).

Type: Restoration

Total Cost: $708,000.00

Project Status: Complete and Fully Paid

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 11/16/2016    Actual Completion: 11/16/2016

Associated Counties: Colusa, Glenn

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Federal Contribution5/22/2014$16,000.00
Private Contribution5/22/2014$35,000.00
Prop. 1E, Habitat Conservation Fund5/22/2014$657,000.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationEcosystem: Shallow Water/ Marsh/ Wetland Habitat644acres restored/assessed/managed


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