The project will contribute to a network of restoration projects focused on restoring tidal marsh and estuarine habitat in the Eel River delta. Funding for this project will be used to lay the groundwork for enhancement of estuarine and tidal marsh habitat and the fish, wildlife, waterfowl, and rare plant species that are dependent on these habitats in the Eel River estuary’s 950-acre Cannibal Island unit.
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Specific objectives of this Project are to:
1. Conduct field assessments to describe hydrologic linkage, estuarine function, and aquatic habitat condition.
2. Assess regulatory constraints.
3. Assess feasibility of tidal marsh and estuarine restoration.
4. Establish listed aquatic species vegetative, water quality and food web habitat resiliency values.
5. Develop three conceptual design alternatives that increase habitat for Eel River salmonids, long fin smelt, and tidewater goby.
6. Develop preferred project design to 65% that most effectively improves habitat for Eel River salmonids and other wildlife.
7. Prepare planning and permitting for engineering designs.
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):