Funding for this project will be used to develop conceptual plans for restoration and management of a Delta island owned by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Grantee). In 2016, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Grantee) purchased four islands/tracts (about 20,000 acres) in the central Delta – Bacon and Bouldin Islands, and Holland and Webb tracts (islands). Collectively, these lands represent a crucial part of the Delta for multiple potential values that are consistent with the State’s co-equal goals of ecosystem restoration and water supply reliability for California. This project will use public and stakeholder input to develop conceptual plans for pilot projects for a mosaic of alternative land uses to sustainably manage these lands.
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
1) Conduct a preliminary assessment of Bacon and Bouldin Islands and Holland and Webb Tracts and select one of those islands for more developed island-wide study, assessment, and planning.
2) Develop conceptual plans for alternative land uses based on land characteristics and other criteria of the identified study island. Potential land uses include but are not limited to: i. Paludiculture, ii. Floating marsh (floating peat), iii. Sustainable agriculture practices, iv. Rice, v. Tidal wetlands (with setback levees), and vi. Permanently flooded managed wetlands.
3) Develop conceptual plans for pilot projects to test the viability of these alternative land uses.
4) Evaluate effects on habitat, economics, agricultural practices, levee failure risk, and mitigation of subsidence and GHG emissions.
Research/Planning (including Science)
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):