Funding for this project will be used to provide monitoring for a pilot project designed to enhance and restore floodplain rearing habitat for juvenile salmonids by reconnecting over 50 acres of floodplain within the Sacramento River. Corrective grading at the site and installation of a drain structure is intended to solve fish entrapment issues and provide volitional fish passage on and off the graded floodplain. This pilot project which will be used to inform future land management on properties where fish entrapment is an issue
This project will, 1) Increase inundated floodplain habitat for outmigrating salmon and other wildlife, 2) Provide low cost and low maintenance project that could be used throughout the Central Valley to significantly increase the area of suitable floodplain habitat, 3) Reduce mortality of juvenile chinook salmon from stranding and associated predation, 4) Increase riparian habitat connectivity within the primary floodplain of the Sacramento River, and 5) Improve habitat value within the project area for riparian-dependent species and special status animals including juvenile Chinook salmon, valley elderberry longhorn beetle, and yellow-billed cuckoo.
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):