Program Goals: The overall goal of the Ecosystem Restoration Program is to improve and increase aquatic and terrestrial habitats and to improve ecological functions in the Bay-Delta to support sustainable populations of diverse and valuable plant and mineral species. The mission of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program (CALFED) is to develop a long-term comprehensive plan to restore ecosystem health and improve water management for beneficial uses of the Bay-Delta System.
The four Primary Objectives are the overall objectives for each of the key program areas of water quality, ecosystem quality, water supply and vulnerability of Delta functions. Secondary objectives within each of these areas tie back to the Primary Objectives and back through the Mission Statement itself.
1. Water Quality - Provide good water quality for all beneficial uses
2. Ecosystem Quality - Improve and increase aquatic and terrestrial habitats and improve ecological functions in the Bay-Delta to support sustainable populations of diverse and valuable plant and animal species
3. Water Supply Reliability - Reduce the mismatch between Bay-Delta water supplies and current and projected beneficial uses dependent on the Bay-Delta system
4. Bay-Delta System Vulnerability - Reduce the risk to land use and associated economic activities, water supply, infrastructure, and the ecosystem from catastrophic breaching of Delta levees
Services Available/Activities Performed: Focused grants for ecosystem restoration in areas that have been identified as priorities by stakeholders. Grants will be awarded for many areas of interest to forestland owners including, education, fish screens, flood plain acquisition, habitat restoration, research and monitoring projects.
Who is Eligible: Anyone in the Bay-Delta and tributary watersheds including agencies, individuals, tribes, or nonprofit organizations.
Agency: CALFED. Contracts may be administered by the state, US Bureau of Reclamation, or other federal agencies.
Limitations & Requirements: Project must be located within the Bay-Delta or tributary watersheds.
Short Description of a Successful Project: Butte Creek Restoration: To restore spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead populations by improving fish passage, increasing and improving streamflow, consolidating and screening diversions, and protecting and restoring the riparian corridor.