The Gray Lodge Water Supply Project outside Gridley, Calif, recently began construction on Phase II, clearing brush and debris from several miles of canals that provide water to the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. The multi-year project will eventually modernize the canals and other infrastructure that supply Gray Lodge’s water, enabling the wildlife area to receive full water allocations for the first time while also meeting delivery needs to local agriculture.
The Biggs-West Gridley Water District (BWGWD), in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, was awarded funding of up to $52,450,000 by the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) for project work to improve water delivery to Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. This grant from CNRA’s Proposition 1 Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Grant Program will enable the wildlife area to receive full water allocations for the first time ever.
Other partners on this project include the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“Gray Lodge is one of the most important wetland areas in the entire Pacific Flyway, providing vital wintering habitat for up to one million ducks and more than 100,000 geese,” said Virginia Getz, Ducks Unlimited’s Western Region Manager of Conservation Programs. “This project will deliver the conveyance system improvements that are long overdue and provide the capability to support high quality wetland habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.”
“This is a great opportunity for the agricultural water community to work with the environmental community on a multi-benefit water management project,” said Eugene Massa, BWGWD General Manager. “We are excited to get started with the on-the-ground construction that will benefit the people and wildlife of this region when finished.”