Map of California with points showing the locations of 16 projects awarded grant funding.
Application # Applicant Organization Requested Amount Project Title Project Category Project Description Funding source
1727913 Yurok Tribe $3,990,587 Oregon Gulch Project FRGP 2022 Implementation Removing mine tailings increases aquatic and riparian ecosystem connectivity by increasing the frequency and extent of floodplain inundation that boosts primary production and allocthonous inputs and increases availability of high-flow refugia for salmonids (specifically SONCC coho salmon). Overbank flows, combined with greater hydrologic connectivity between aquatic and riparian zones, support riparian vegetation and riverine forests to supply large wood to the river. Drought - Protecting Salmon
1728178 Earth Island Institute $2,194,802 Maria Ygnacio Creek Fish Passage Project Implementation - Patterson Ave Bridge Implementation Objective 1 - Obtain all necessary permits. Objective 2 - Implementation of the fish passage designs of the creek channel at the Patterson Ave. bridge barrier on Maria Ygnacio Creek to allow for fish Passage. Objective 3 - Stabilize and restore creek banks adjacent to the bridge revetments with native riparian vegetation and other BMPs. Drought - Protecting Salmon
Q2030403 Gold Ridge RCD $31,733 Iron Horse Vineyards Fish Screen Implementation Project Implementation The Grantee will install a fish screen, designed through FRGP funded grant (P1830405) on a currently unscreened irrigation and frost protection water diversion at Iron Horse Vineyards, on the mainstem of Green Valley Creek. The existing diversion has a concrete intake structure located on the streambank. The project will reconfigure this structure and retrofit it with a self-cleaning traveling belt fish screen. Drought - Protecting Salmon
Q2030400 Gold Ridge RCD $80,000 Alliance Redwoods Water Conservation Implementation Project Implementation Grantee will implement water conservation measures and alternative water sourcing for the Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds, eliminating direct surface water diversion from Dutch Bill Creek and reducing overall diversion by 90%, from an average of 2.8 million gallons per May-October dry season to 300,000 gallons, all of which will be sourced from sidehill wells. The project identified and prioritized through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) - funded Russian River Water Resources Coho Partnership and developed through CDFW, FRGP grant P1730403, will increase dry season flows in Dutch Bill Creek by at least 0.05 cubic feet per second. Grantee will undertake monitoring of streamflow using water flow gauges. Drought - Protecting Salmon
Q1930401 Marin RCD $180,350 Lower Walker Creek Floodplain Habitat Assessment and Design Project Implementation The information on existing conditions will be compiled and site-specific opportunities for improving in-channel and off-channel habitat will be developed. A reach-based Habitat Enhancement Plan will be prepared, including design concept alternatives for up to four sites. Opportunities and constraints to increasing floodplain connectivity will be described through narrative, maps, photos, and drawings. Up to three individual sites will be designed through to permit-ready Final (100%) Plans and Technical Specifications. The sites will likely include a mix of grading and use of large engineered log jams to reconnect and re-create and connect floodplain habitat. The designs will be developed using a multi-stage design step and review process. Engineer's cost estimates for construction will be prepared for each site. The landowners and a Technical Review Committee will be consulted at every major assessment and design step. Drought - Protecting Salmon
Q2010522 Pacific Coast Fish, Wildlife and Wetlands Restoration Association $347,265 Lower Little River Off-Channel Coho Habitat Improvement Project Implementation The objective of this project is to enhance connectivity to the floodplain by creating off-channel pond(s)/channel(s) which enhance winter high-flow refugia and rearing habitat for coho salmon in the lower Little River estuary. This project will remove an existing tide gate, construct off-channel ponds, install wood cover structures along the channel, and restore of riparian habitat. Drought - Protecting Salmon
Q2010515 Mendocino County Resource Conservation District $30,000 Big River Riparian Roads Restoration Project Implementation The Project will treat prioritized future road related sediment delivery features in the Big River watershed by implementing permanent road decommissioning treatments at 18 features along 2.7 miles of abandoned logging road, and implementing 10 storm-proofing/upgrading treatments along 2.6 miles of maintained State Park road. Drought - Protecting Salmon
1729850 KSN Inc. $1,385,000 Guisti Weir/Sutter Bypass Implementation Develop alternatives for screening an unscreened diversion and improving adult passage past the Guisti diversion weir in the West Borrow Canal of the Sutter Bypass. Drought - Protecting Salmon
1729271 Scott River Watershed Council $456,331 Scott River Fisheries Monitoring Program Monitoring Quartz Valley Indian Reservation and the Scott River Watershed Council will work closely with CDFW Region 1 Fisheries staff, NOAA and other collaborators, to provide effectiveness monitoring on the impact of water management and restoration actions performed to address the Scott Watershed drought conditions by monitoring two critical life stages, juvenile distribution throughout the basin, and the return and spatial distribution of spawning adults, of Chinook and Coho Salmon. Addressing Climate
1729333 Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency $2,122,000 Oroville Wildlife Area Robinson's Riffle Restoration Project Planning The Oroville Wildlife Area (OWA) Robinson's Riffle Restoration Project is a nature based multi-benefit initiative within the OWA along the Feather River. The OWA was significantly damaged and altered by gold mining and dredging operations as well as borrow pit operations for the construction of the Oroville Dam. The proposed project will remove elevated berms and tailing piles to restore habitat, reduce flood stages, and increase flood conveyance and transitory storage within the Feather River. Addressing Climate
1729851 Trout Unlimited, Inc. $158,949 East Fork Carson River Streamflow Gage   A streamflow gaging program on the East Fork Carson River is significant to the final design of a fish barrier that will uphold one of the largest Lahontan cutthroat trout sanctuaries in the Great Basin. The success of the fish barrier depends on setting the dimensions of the structure such that hydraulic conditions prevent upstream passage of non-native species over a wide range of flow rates. Funding would be for 3 years. Addressing Climate
1729852 California Trout, Inc. $1,000,000 Slinkard Creek Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Phase 2 - Non-native Trout Removal   Upon completion of the new diversion structure seasonal crews would be hired to conduct fish removal efforts within Slinkard Creek for the 6 miles of stream between the upper gabion structure barrier and the newly completed BLM diversion structure. Addressing Climate
1729853 National Marine Fisheries Service/Southwest Fisheries Science Center $1,790,000 Drought Analysis and Decision Support Tools for Central Valley Chinook Salmon Planning The effects of extreme multi-year droughts on ecological outcomes are poorly represented in the current water resources-biology modeling approach commonly used for decision support in the Central Valley. We propose a two-phase project that will develop data and evaluation methods to better understand 1) the impacts of multi-year drought on endangered Winter-run Chinook (WRC) salmon under current system operations, and 2) the potential opportunities to improve outcomes for WRC and other endangered species through new management strategies. Addressing Climate
1729854 Northern California Water Association
Jacobs Engineering Group
$600,000 Winter run ACID trap Planning A temporary fish trap is proposed for the right (southerly) bank at the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District (ACID) Diversion Dam located on the Sacramento River in Redding, CA. The trap would enable collection of adult winter-run Chinook salmon. A temporary fish trap is currently operated within the left (northerly) bank vertical slot fishway; however, it is understood that a majority of fish utilize the right bank pool-and-chute fishway. The installation of a new trap location at ACID will aid in increased collection numbers and address concerns regarding the capture of only fish that travel to the Keswick trap and do not address the entire life history component of life history diversity as the Keswick trap is located in a place that is not representative of Winter Run Chinook Salmon habitat. This action will take the development of designs and permitting as well as construction funding. Addressing Climate
1729855 Audubon California $450,000 Tricolored Blackbird Movement Ecology Study Scientific Study The Tricolored Blackbird, which is nearly endemic to California, has been listed as Threatened by the state since 2019 (Clipperton 2018). A major decline in the breeding population of this species has been documented over the last two decades (Meehan et al. 2018, Meese 2017, Robinson et al. 2018). Concentrated efforts to protect breeding colonies in the San Joaquin Valley have been successful in stemming the population decline, however they still face an uncertain future as prolonged drought and economic factors foretell a changing landscape in California's Central Valley (Audubon California 2020).The bulk of Tricolored Blackbird conservation efforts and research is focused on the breeding season, when the birds are most conspicuous and most in need of protection. Much remains to be learned about the movements of these birds post-breeding to gain a complete picture of their full annual cycle. We are proposing utilizing recent advances in radiotelemetry tracking technology to document Tricolored Blackbird movements. Blackbirds would be tagged at protected colonies in the San Joaquin valley and subsequently tracked by an automated radiotelemetry network (Motus; Taylor et al. 2017) and by traditional means ("hand-tracking"). Addressing Climate
1729518 Trout Unlimited, Inc. $2,858,949 Paynes Creek Bend Water Users Fish Passage Restoration Project Implementation The Project will construct a roughened rock ramp downstream of the existing Bend Water Users diversion dam, replace the existing off-channel fish screen and fish bypass pipe with an on-channel fish screen, reprofile and install approximately 1,100 feet of pipeline in the unlined upstream portion of the ditch, and install a new flow-measurement device. These improvements will meet state and federal passage and screen criteria. NBS-Wildlife Corridors
1729321 Trout Unlimited, Inc. $3,602,957 Arroyo Seco River Fish Passage Project - Clark Colony Water Company Implementation This project will implement (construct) a project designed thru a FRGP PD contract Q1940406. Construction will modify an existing concrete grade control sill which spans the Arroyo Seco (barrier) and reconstruct associated pre-1914 diversion structure and screen on private property (Clark Colony). Completed project will eliminate a priority migration barrier and improve conditions for federally threatened South Central Coast steelhead trout on the Arroyo Seco River in Monterey County. NBS-Wildlife Corridors
Q2140409 Resource Conservation District of Monterey County $50,000 Weston-Champagne Cachagua Creek Fish Passage Project Implementation This project will remedy a barrier to steelhead migration on Cachagua Creek. The site is a concrete ford, identified as the #2 Priority fish passage barrier in the Carmel River system. The project will remove existing concrete ford and replace it with a single span bridge in the same crossing alignment, designed to improve upstream migration conditions for steelhead. A fishway chute will be installed with the replacement. The project will also improve flood conveyance and provide safe vehicle access across Cachagua Creek to several private properties and the Boronda Creek Watershed. NBS-Wildlife Corridors
1729336 Regents of the University of California, Davis $1,184,380 An Assessment of Headwater Restoration on Instream Habitat and Hydrologic Conditions to support Drought Resiliency for Native Coldwater Fish Monitoring The project addresses a need for increased understanding of the efficacy of nature-based solutions to increase drought resilience for native fishes. Objectives include (1) characterizing hydrologic and thermal response of BDA restoration, (2) quantifying BDA habitat conditions for native fish, and (3) assessing habitat productivity and fish benefits associated with BDA habitat. Outcomes will address critical knowledge gaps associated with BDA impacts and potential benefits during drought. NBS- Wetlands/ Meadows