[env-trinity] Sac Bee 10 28 2010

Byron Leydecker bwl3 at comcast.net
Fri Oct 29 14:06:38 PDT 2010

$188 million agreement will restore habitat

Sacramento Bee, 10/29/10

By Matt Weiser



State officials have reached an agreement that will provide an estimated
$188 million over 10 years to restore habitat for imperiled fish in the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.


The deal between the state Water Resources and Fish and Game departments
binds the water agency to certain restoration activities to satisfy state
and federal environmental laws. State water contractors, who buy Delta water
from DWR, will pay for those projects.


Among the first projects will be restoration of Prospect Island, near Rio
Vista, as tidal wetland habitat. DWR acquired the 1,253- acre island from
the federal government at no cost earlier this year. 


In the agreement, finalized last week, DWR also commits to restoring a total
of 8,000 acres of habitat for fish including salmon, sturgeon, Delta smelt
and Sacramento splittail. This may involve acquiring additional Delta


The deal is intended to satisfy state and federal endangered species acts,
as well as the terms of a forthcoming Bay Delta Conservation Plan.




Byron Leydecker, JcT

Chair, Friends of Trinity River

PO Box 2327

Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327

415 383 4810 land

415 519 4810 mobile

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