Ducks Unlimited project updates in California’s Central Valley

Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Matt Kaminiski and engineer Micah Bowman recently shared photos of the work Ducks Unlimited is performing at the Mendota Wildlife Area in California’s Central Valley with the help of a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grant. DU is investing $557,700 to rehabilitate three re-lift pumps, two inlet structures, and a pipeline at Mendota, and has already repaired two miles of canals.

Ducks Unlimited also is investing $350,000 from a California Wildlife Conservation Board Grant to restore 300 acres of native grass and enhance water conveyance at North Grasslands Wildlife Area-Salt Slough Unit. Land leveling was recently completed in addition to the herbicide spraying of perennial pepperweed–the first phase of planting native grasses will be completed later this fall.

Finally, DU has spent $90,000 from a recent California Wildlife Conservation Board Grant to improve a major conveyance structure at Los Banos Wildlife Area, continuing its commitment to improving wetlands in Central California.

Click here to view more pictures of the projects.

Mendota WA-Canals were heavily silted in and full of vegetation which reduced conveyance capacity and efficiency to deliver water to wetlands. Photo credit Micah Bowman.

Mendota WA- post cleaning with improved side slopes of canals. Photo credit Micah Bowman.