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CDFW Awards $9.4 Million to Fund Additional Ecosystem and Watershed Restoration Projects

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of five additional projects to receive approximately $9.4 million in grants through its fiscal year 2015-16 Watershed Restoration Grant Program cycle. These awards were made following an augmentation of funding from the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) in the 2016-17 Budget Act.

The grants will fund a diversity of planning, implementation and acquisition projects that further implement the objectives of the California Water Action Plan.

“In the first year of our Proposition 1 program, the number of proposals received outstripped the availability of funding,” CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said. “We are responding to this demand by readily supporting additional projects to address specific water action plan objectives which will ensure the program’s continued momentum.”

Projects approved for funding include:

  • American River Headwaters Restoration Project (up to $1.8 million to American River Conservancy)
  • Butte Creek Diversion 55 Fish Screen Project (up to $150,000 to Family Water Alliance, Inc.)
  • Johnson Meadow Acquisition, Upper Truckee River (up to $4 million to Tahoe Resource Conservation District)
  • Napa River Restoration Oakville to Oak Knoll Project (up to $800,000 to Napa County Department of Public Works)
  • Oroville Wildlife Area Floodplain Reconnection and Habitat Restoration Project (up to $2.6 million to River Partners)

These five awarded project proposals were included in the initial administrative review and subsequent technical review process of all proposals received in response to CDFW’s August 2015 solicitation. This process included reviews by CDFW scientists, as well as experts from other agencies and academia.

CDFW is also currently reviewing proposals received in response to its fiscal year 2016-17 Proposition 1 Grant Programs solicitation and anticipates the announcement of awarded projects in November 2016.

More information about CDFW’s Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/grants. Funding for these projects comes from the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act 2014 (Proposition 1) bond funds, a portion of which are allocated annually through the California State Budget Act. For more information about Proposition 1, please visit http://bondaccountability.resources.ca.gov/p1.aspx.


Media Contacts:
Matt Wells, Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, (916) 445-1285
Clark Blanchard, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 651-7824


Wildlife Conservation Board Approves Proposition 1 Water Projects

The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) has approved the first projects to be awarded funding through the Proposition 1 California Streamflow Enhancement Program (CSFEP). At its Feb. 18 meeting, the WCB unanimously approved 24 staff-recommended projects, for a total cost of $21 million. Located in more than 11 counties, the projects will benefit diverse areas across the state

Funded by the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, the specific purpose of CSFEP is to address environmental challenges as they relate to streamflow. While improving streamflow most immediately benefits aquatic and riparian species, the environmental changes ultimately enrich peripheral plants and animals as well.

“It’s an auspicious day as we award funding for the state’s first-ever streamflow enhancement program,” WCB Chairman and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham said. “Proposition 1 had overwhelming support from California’s voters for these kinds of projects.

WCB expects to solicit the next round of grants during the summer of 2016. In the interim, WCB staff will offer potential applicants a workshop on crafting a successful project proposal

“Based upon the suite of projects the board approved on Feb. 18, I am excited about the future of the CSFEP,” WCB Executive Director John Donnelly said. “I am particularly pleased with the number of quality projects approved during our first round and I am looking forward to working with our partners to improve habitats statewide.”

Project descriptions and funding can be found at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=116601.

To learn more about the WCB, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov.


John Donnelly, WCB Executive Director, (916) 445-0137
Dana Michaels, CDFW Education and Outreach, (916) 322-2420

CDFW Now Accepting Proposals for Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs

Media Contacts:
Basil Ibewiro, CDFW Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, (916) 322-8840
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for restoration projects that further the objectives of the California Water Action Plan (CWAP).

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-2016, a total of $31.4 million in Proposition 1 funds will be made available through CDFW’s two Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs. The Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund up to $24 million in projects of statewide importance outside of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, while the Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program will fund up to $7 million in projects that specifically benefit the Delta.

“Californians overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “The department is ready to use these proposition funds to protect and restore important ecosystems around the state. We are really excited to receive grant applications, complete the review and award projects by the end of this year.”

Approved by California voters in November 2014, Proposition 1 provides funds to implement the three broad objectives of the CWAP: establishing more reliable water supplies, restoring important species and habitat and creating a more resilient, sustainably managed water resources system (water supply, water quality, flood protection and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.

The FY 2015-2016 Proposal Solicitation Notice, application instructions and other information about the Restoration Grant Programs are available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Watersheds/Restoration-Grants.

Proposals must be submitted online at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov/.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Federal, State and Non-Profit Organizations Partner To Open Six Miles of Fish Habitat in San Mateo County

Kristine Atkinson, DFG Fisheries Biologist, (831) 427-2638
Media Contacts:
Janice Mackey, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8908
Jim Milbury, NOAA Restoration, (562) 980-400

Dam removal restores stream connectivity for native fish and wildlife

NOAA Fisheries, the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and the Fishery Foundation of California recently completed removal of a 7-foot dam, re-opening more than six miles of spawning habitat for federally protected steelhead.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, fish barriers have been identified as a limiting factor for the steelhead population. The removal of this dam on Bear Creek, a tributary to San Francisquito Creek, will allow steelhead for the first time in decades to access historic habitat for spawning and rearing, and improve ecological connectivity for other fish and wildlife resources.

“With few streams left in the Bay Area that support self-sustaining steelhead populations, protecting and enhancing these watersheds is vital for the continued existence of these fish,” said DFG Environmental Scientist Kristine Atkinson.

Steelhead migrate as adults from the Pacific Ocean into freshwater streams and rivers to spawn. The dam at Bear Creek was on private property in Woodside and blocked fish passage for more than 60 years.

The population of steelhead native to Bear Creek, the Central California Coastal Evolutionarily Significant Unit was listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1997. DFG and NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement worked collaboratively with the property owner to remedy the situation.

“Habitat loss and degradation is a high priority for us under ESA, and this case is a good example of how providing compliance assistance helps us solve problems collaboratively,” said Martina Sagapolu, acting Special Agent in Charge for NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement’s Southwest Division. “Partnering with landowners as well as agencies such as DFG and NOAA Fisheries RestorationCenter is critical to our success.”

The removal of the dam took two years to complete and cost approximately $30,000. Funding for the project was provided by both the private landowner and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s San Francisco Bay Salmonid Habitat Restoration Fund. To view a time-lapse video of the project, visit http://youtu.be/00O17tSE6Ak.

“Recovery of threatened and endangered species is a tremendous, long-term challenge that offers lasting benefits to the health of our environment and communities,” said biologist Joe Pecharich, of the NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center. “Our work is far from over in the San Francisquito Creek watershed. There are still a number of barriers that DFG and NOAA are looking into for enhancement opportunities.”