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Sacramento River salmon restoration will continue with new $10M federal grant

Chico State is leading a group of partners who are conducting restoration of salmon habitat on the Sacramento River. A new federal grant is paving the way for more success.

Posted: Nov 22, 2020 5:08 PM
Updated: Nov 23, 2020 11:23 AM

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Calif. - The United States Bureau of Reclamation has provided a $10 million grant to Chico State and its partners to re-establish juvenile salmon and salmonid habitats along the Sacramento River.

The $10 million will be used over five years to help restore 47.3 acres of juvenile salmon habitat along the Upper Sacramento River.

Project manager Susan Strachan from the University's Geographical Information Center (GIC) said that the project's success so far is due to their partners, which include the Sacramento River Forum, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), River Partners, The Yurok Tribe, Tussing Ecological Sciences, and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Nearly five years ago a CSU, Chico research team led by Mandy Banet, an aquatic ecologist in the Department of Biological Sciences, joined a multi-agency project funded by a $16.9 million grant to re-establish juvenile salmon and salmonid habitats along the Sacramento River.

Seven projects have been completed so far. Three are currently underway. One more is scheduled for 2021, which was the final year for the funding agreement.

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