Ducks Unlimited, Inc. so far has been awarded $2,145,944 from The Delta Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for implementation of a multitude of infrastructure improvements within the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, a 16,600 acre habitat located just west of downtown Sacramento in the heart of the Pacific Flyway long recognized as a haven for waterfowl.
“DU is grateful for the opportunity to help deliver these critical infrastructure improvements within the Yolo Bypass,” said DU Regional Biologist Aaron Will. “This multi-agency effort will provide conservation and agricultural benefits for years to come.”
Ducks Unlimited will serve as the overall project manager for habitat restoration and improvements on the project, include raising the grade on sections of the main access road and installing new water control structures. Other improvements include expansion of canals and installation of new pumps that will help address agriculture and wetland management conflicts that can arise from increases in frequency and duration of spring flooding.
The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is managed by the California Department of Wildlife and described as the perfect spot to escape urban life for residents of nearby Sacramento and Davis. Bird watchers, hunters and schoolchildren all come to the area to experience wildlife up-close in nature. The 25 square mile area is one of the largest public/private restoration projects with 3,700-acres of land in the Yolo Bypass floodway already restored to wetlands and other associated habitats.
Future drainage and water supply infrastructure changes at the Yolo Bypass will improve management of individual wetland ponds, which is a key element of creating diverse habitat while also managing vegetation, minimizing mosquito larvae populations and controlling avian disease during specific times of the year.
Specific partners on this project include the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Yolo Basin Foundation, Yolo County, Douglas Environmental, CBEC Eco Engineering (CBEC), and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Funding breaks down as $2 million from The Delta Conservancy’s Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program and $145,944 from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Proposition 1, Watershed Restoration & Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Programs.