Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Restoration Plan Moves Ahead

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As part of its ongoing commitment to restore Delta ecosystems and habitat, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently took a significant step in launching a 3,000-acre multi-benefit tidal wetlands restoration project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

At the end of 2018, DWR entered into a partnership with Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP), a private company investing in large-scale ecological restoration projects nationwide, to establish the Lookout Slough Tidal Habitat Restoration Project.

Lookout Slough, located in the Cache Slough region at the lower end of the Yolo Bypass in Solano County, is a critical site for endangered Delta smelt as it is one of the few areas in the Delta that has favorable elevations for maintaining historical tidal habitats.

Once completed, Lookout Slough will be the Delta’s largest tidal habitat restoration project, twice as large as Dutch Slough.

The project will enhance food productivity, spawning and rearing habitat for threatened and endangered native fish populations.

The project will create new protective levees along the west and north edges of the property, to allow for breaching of the existing degraded levee along the Yolo Bypass.

Breaching the levee will restore historical tidal influence to the site, increasing seasonal floodplain rearing habitat for salmonids and providing food web and other benefits to Delta smelt.

Funding for this project will be provided through two separate sources based on project benefits. The habitat restoration objectives of the project will be funded by the State Water Project and the State Water Contractors, and Proposition 1 will fund the flood protection objectives for multi-benefit and systemwide flood improvements.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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