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June 20 Brown Bag – Farms as Floodplain: Five Years of Experimental Flooding of Yolo Bypass Ag Land

Monday, June 20, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


Park Tower Building
2nd Floor Conference Room
980 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814


Lynn Takata, Department of Water Resources, Division of Environmental Services, Aquatic Ecology Section


Lynn Takata will discuss the Agricultural Floodplain Study, a report that examines how juvenile Chinook salmon benefit from flooding the Yolo Bypass, one of the Delta Plan’s six high-priority habitat restoration areas. Multiple groups, government agencies, and landowners were involved in the five-year study, which offers direct implications on how existing farm land, along with restoration design, can be leveraged to maximize salmon growth and survival.


The 59,000 acre Yolo Bypass was originally engineered to provide flood protection for the Sacramento region.  In the spring and summer, a substantial portion of the floodplain is used for farming. During the winter it can become flooded, providing expansive floodplain habitat that doubles the wetted surface area of the Delta.


To view the informational flyer, please click here.


Click below to view the video from the seminar.


Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)