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CALIFORNIA NATURAL RESOURCES AGENCY | RESOURCES.CA.GOV/ECORESTORE The Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoraon and Fish Passage Project (Project) has been developed to improve fish passage and increase floodplain fisheries rearing habitat in the Yolo Bypass and the lower Sacramento River basin. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamaon (Reclamaon) are jointly planning the Project to comply with the Reasonable and Prudent Alternave (RPA) acons I.6.1 and I.7, as described in the 2009 Naonal Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Biological Opinion (BiOp) and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operaons of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project, and the 2012 Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoraon and Fish Passage Implementaon Plan. Implementaon of the RPA acons would enhance exisng floodplain benefits within and through the lower Sacramento River basin and improve fish passage in the Yolo Bypass. RPA Acon 1.6.1 requires significantly increased seasonal floodplain rearing habitat availability with biologically appropriate frequency and duraon from December through March 7th or 15th, depending on the alternave selected, in the lower Sacramento River Basin. The Project would construct and operate one or more gated and/or passive diversion channels to improve the connecon between the Yolo Bypass and the Sacramento River. The goal of the increased volume of water entering the Yolo Bypass is to pull more fish onto the bypass and create a larger floodplain area. This would allow juvenile salmon to feed in a food-rich area for a longer me where they can rapidly grow to a larger size, as compared to juveniles migrang through the mainstream Sacramento River, thus improving their survival to the ocean. The project would also reduce migratory delays for adults returning to their spawning grounds. DWR, as the State lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, and Reclamaon, as the Federal lead agency under the Naonal Environmental Policy Act, have prepared a joint Draſt Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) to assess impacts of the Project. The Draſt EIR/EIS was released in December 2017, evaluang alternaves to meet the BiOp requirements. YOLO BYPASS SALMONID HABITAT RESTORATION AND FISH PASSAGE PROJECT Yolo Bypass FISH PASSAGE AND FLOODPLAIN IMPROVEMENTS RESTORATION GOALS / TARGET The proposed project aims to 1) increase the availability of floodplain fisheries rearing habitat for juvenile Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead; and 2) reduce fish passage migratory delays and loss of fish at Fremont Weir and other structures in the Yolo Bypass for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. LOCATION AND LANDOWNER The site is in the Yolo Bypass and vicinity. Landowners include the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Sacramento and San Joaquin Drainage District, DWR, Port of Sacramento and private landowners. FUNDING Planning process has been jointly funded by the State Water Project and Reclamaon.
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  • CALIFORNIA NATURAL RESOURCES AGENCY | RESOURCES.CA.GOV/ECORESTORE

    The Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project (Project) has been developed to improve fish passage and increase floodplain fisheries rearing habitat in the Yolo Bypass and the lower Sacramento River basin. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) are jointly planning the Project to comply with the Reasonable and Prudent Alternative (RPA) actions I.6.1 and I.7, as described in the 2009 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Biological Opinion (BiOp) and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project, and the 2012 Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Implementation Plan.

    Implementation of the RPA actions would enhance existing floodplain benefits within and through the lower Sacramento River basin and improve fish passage in the Yolo Bypass. RPA Action 1.6.1 requires significantly increased seasonal floodplain rearing habitat availability with biologically appropriate frequency and duration from December through March 7th or 15th, depending on the alternative selected, in the lower Sacramento River Basin. The Project would construct and operate one or more gated and/or passive diversion channels to improve the connection between the Yolo Bypass and the Sacramento River.

    The goal of the increased volume of water entering the Yolo Bypass is to pull more fish onto the bypass and create a larger floodplain area. This would allow juvenile salmon to feed in a food-rich area for a longer time where they can rapidly grow to a larger size, as compared to juveniles migrating through the mainstream Sacramento River, thus improving their survival to

    the ocean. The project would also reduce migratory delays for adults returning to their spawning grounds.

    DWR, as the State lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, and Reclamation, as the Federal lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, have prepared a joint Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) to assess impacts of the Project. The Draft EIR/EIS was released in December 2017, evaluating alternatives to meet the BiOp requirements.

    YOLO BYPASS SALMONID HABITAT RESTORATION AND FISH PASSAGE PROJECT

    Yolo Bypass

    FISH PASSAGE AND FLOODPLAIN IMPROVEMENTS

    RESTORATION GOALS / TARGET

    The proposed project aims to 1) increase the availability of floodplain fisheries rearing habitat for juvenile Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead; and 2) reduce fish passage migratory delays and loss of fish at Fremont Weir and other structures in the Yolo Bypass for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. LOCATION AND LANDOWNER

    The site is in the Yolo Bypass and vicinity. Landowners include the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Sacramento and San Joaquin Drainage District, DWR, Port of Sacramento and private landowners.

    FUNDING

    Planning process has been jointly funded by the State Water Project and Reclamation.

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    PERMITS NECESSARY

    Rivers and Harbors Act: Section 408

    Clean Water Act: Section 401 and 404

    Central Valley Flood Protection Board: Encroachment Permit

    National Historic Preservation Act: Section 106

    CDFW Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement: Section 1600 and 1602

    CDFW: Incidental Take Permit

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Act: Section 7

    NMFS Endangered Species Act: Section 7

    ESTIMATED TIMELINE

    Permitting: through 2020

    Construction Complete: 2022

    Monitoring and ongoing adaptive management: following completion of construction

    PROJECT PROPONENT

    Department of Water Resources Division of Environmental Services Yolo Bypass Habitat Restoration Program Karen Enstrom Program Manager Karen.Enstrom@water.ca.gov (916) 376-9778

    SOLANOCOUNTY

    CONTRA COSTACOUNTY

    ALAMEDACOUNTY

    SAN JOAQUINCOUNTY

    YOLOCOUNTY

    SUTTERCOUNTY

    SACRAMENTOCOUNTY

    80

    80

    505

    680

    5

    5

    99

    99

    12

    4

    50

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    0

    MILES

    5 10 20

    Fish Passage Improvements

    Floodplain Restoration

    Setback Levee

    Subsidence Reversal and Carbon Storage

    Tidal Restoration

    Yolo Bypass Boundary

    Legal Delta and Suisun Marsh Boundaries

    Water Bodies

    LEGEND

    CALIFORNIA ECO RESTORE PROJECTS

    23 Knights Landing Outfall Gate

    24 Lindsey Slough

    25 Sherman Island: Mayberry Farms

    26 Sherman Island: Whales Mouth

    27 Sherman Island: Mayberry Slough

    28 Twitchell Island: East End

    29 Wallace Weir Fish Rescue Facility

    1 Decker Island

    2 Dutch Slough

    3 Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage

    4 Hill Slough

    5 Sherman Island: Whales Belly Wetland

    6 Southport Levee Improvement

    7 Tule Red (2016)

    8 Yolo Flyway Farms

    9 Arnold Slough

    10 Bradmoor Island

    11 Chipps Island

    12 Grizzly Slough

    13 Lisbon Weir

    14 Lower Putah Creek Realignment

    15 Lower Yolo Ranch

    16 McCormack Williamson Tract

    17 Prospect Island

    18 Twitchell Island: Levee

    19 Twitchell Island: West End

    20 Yolo Bypass Floodplain Restoration

    21 Wings Landing

    22 Winter Island

    2017 / 2018(Target Construction Start Dates)

    2019+(Target Construction Start Dates)

    COMPLETED(Construction Completed)

    YOLO BYPASS

    Fish Passage Improvements

    Floodplain Restora on

    Setback Levee

    Subsidence Reversaland Carbon Storage

    Tidal Restora n

    Yolo Bypass Boundary

    Legal Delta and Suisun Marsh Boundaries

    Water Bodies

    LEGEND

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