- Bay-Delta Conservation Plan
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- Ecosystem Restoration Program
- Statewide Water Planning
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ERP Implmenting Agencies
- California Department of Fish & Wildlife
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- National Marine Fisheries Service
Related Agencies & Programs
- Department of Water Resources
- Fish Passage Improvement Program
- Interagency Ecological Program
- Delta Fish Agreement
- Delta Risk Management Strategy
- California Natural Resources Agency
- Bureau of Reclamation
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Delta Stewardship Council
- Delta Conservancy
2005 AFI PSP Final Recommendations
Ecosystem Restoration Program Proposal Solicitation for Projects that Assist Farmers in Integrating Agricultural Activities with Ecosystem Restoration Selection Panel Final Recommendations
The CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) Selection Panel has met and considered comments received in response to its Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for projects that assist farmers in integrating agricultural activities with ecosystem restoration. The panel's final recommendations are presented below.
The complete list of projects considered for funding is posted below with the Selection Panel's final recommendations. The title, applicant, brief description and final recommendations for each proposal are also summarized below. A link to information the Selection Panelists considered to develop their recommendations - including the proposals, the Technical Panel, Regional Panel, external scientific and administrative reviews of the proposals - is also provided.
Explanation of Recommendation Categories: The Selection Panel's recommendations fall in three categories.
- Fund. Proposals recommended for funding, in whole or in part. Conditions of approval may be included to address issues raised during the proposals' review.
- Reconsider if Revised. Proposals that are high priorities and should be considered for funding if they are revised to address shortcomings identified in reviews. Revised proposals that are resubmitted for reconsideration will undergo a new round of review to examine whether the shortcomings that the Selection Panel identified have been resolved satisfactorily.
- Do Not Fund. Proposals that have serious technical deficiencies or are of lower priority to the ERP at this time. This category also includes proposals that were rated both inadequate by the Technical Panel and medium or lower by the applicable Regional Panel.
The Department of Fish and Game has made additional recommendations that fall within the following category.
- Directed Action. Proposals that are high priorities and should be considered for funding. These proposals should be funded with conditions drawn from the Selection Panel and other reviews imposed during the contracting phase.
A Note on "Amount". For proposals recommended for funding, the amount shown is an upper limit recommended by the Selection Panel. For proposals with conditions or recommended for reconsideration if revised, the amount provides general guidance on a target that the panel believes should be appropriate for the revised proposal's budget. In a few cases, the panel is providing only general guidance on the topics or tasks that should be included in a revised proposal.
The Selection Panel recommends that ERP implementing agencies' staff seek greater budget detail, revised budgets, and use other mechanisms to reduce costs in all the proposals recommended for funding or reconsideration. Overhead and administrative rates, fees paid for services and consultants, particularly private contractors, and the specific tasks and deliverables from consultants, should receive particular attention and detail.
Proposals not recommended for funding. Several technically strong proposals did not clearly or specifically address the priorities of this focused solicitation, including geographical priorities. Other meritorious proposals were only tangentially linked to assisting farmers in integrating agricultural activities with ecosystem restoration. The Selection Panel suggests that these applicants seek funding for these worthwhile projects through other, more appropriate sources or mechanisms.
Copies of the specific reviews of individual projects are available below.
To view a proposal, select the proposal title below. To view the detailed reviews of a proposal, select the recommendations. All documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Proposals and Recommendations
Proposal ID: 0030
Applicant: Bioengineering Institute
Amount sought: $475,000
Descritption: Proposal seeks to continue restoration efforts based on the Selby Creek Project (watershed plan) on Selby Creek in the Napa watershed. Proposed project will: gather technical information to describe the watershed, install bioengineering structures to control erosion (stabilize stream banks), expand and re-vegetate the floodplain and create fisheries habitat. Multiple partners (RCD, Napa County Supervisors, Napa Vintners Association involved in project restoration, community outreach, and education.
Proposal ID: 0032
Applicant: Western Shasta Resource Conservation District
Amount sought: $350,000
Description: Project seeks to conduct multiple projects on-the ground within the Cow Creek Watershed. It is anticipated that the project will improve water quality, riparian health and ecosystem restoration. The stated project objectives are to (1) improve salmonid recovery in salmon-bearing streams and (2) improve current range and wetland facilities. Public outreach activities are also proposed.
Proposal ID: 0040
Applicant: CSU, Chico Research Foundation
Amount sought: $2,148,602
Description: The goal of the project is to encourage and facilitate the stewardship and restoration on agricultural lands within the Sacramento River Conservation Area. This will be accomplished through the initiation of a Coordinated Conservation Effort that provides landowners the incentives and assurances needed to incorporate habitat restoration into their agricultural activities. The key elements of this proposal are to (1) investigate and develop a regulatory assurances program to protect participating landowners for incidental take of endangered species, and (2) develop an assistance program to help landowners access incentive programs for habitat conservation.
Proposal ID: 0043
Applicant: California Land Stewardship Institute
Proposal Title: Fish Friendly Farming Environmental Certification Program
Amount sought: $1,000,243
Description: Proposed project would continue and expand the Fish Friendly Farming program in the Napa River watershed. The program assesses the site conditions on Napa Valley farms, develops plans for the application of BMPs (by private landowners) to improve water quality and associated salmonid habitat.
Proposal ID: 0044
Applicant: California Waterfowl Association
Proposal Title: Rice-Cover Crop Rotation Pilot Program
Amount sought: $1,649,051
Description: This project seeks to implement a 3-year pilot project to benefit ground nesting birds, giant garter snakes, and other wetland dependent species through altered crop rotations and semi-permanent wetlands.
Proposal ID: 0046
Applicant: Western Shasta Resource Conservation District
Proposal Title: Cow Creek Watershed Fish Passage Barrier and Habitat Evaluation
Amount sought: $472,229
Description: This project will locate and catalog diversions by type and identify fish passage improvement and screen opportunities for diversions in the watershed below natural barriers.
Proposal ID: 0049
Applicant: Placer County Resource Conservation District
Proposal Title: American Basin Working Landcapes Project
Amount sought: $1,860,898
Description: Proposed project will develop a GIS-based "working landscapes" model/plan for the American basin. Project will implement voluntary practices where appropriate, including easements, riparian restoration, wetland restoration, and other on-farm, and farm edge habitat restoration practices.
Proposal ID: 0054
Applicant: River Partners
Proposal Title: Riparian Sanctuary (Phase II) - Bringing Agricultural and Ecological Interests Together for Pumping Plant Protection and Riparian Restoration (Sacramento River Mile 178) - Design Development and Environmental Compliance
Amount sought: $660,665
Description: Project seeks funding for planning and design efforts to develop Second phase of multi-phase process to protect PCGID-PID's pumping plant and fish screen facility. This phase is focused on completion of environmental compliance, obtaining permits, advanced planning, and completion of construction plans.
Proposal ID: 0055
Applicant: The CSU, Chico Research Foundation
Amount sought: $5,457,960
Description: This project proposes research, monitoring, implementation, and regulatory compliance in order to provide up-to-date information on what conservation and agricultural practices are benefiting MSCS-covered species.
Proposal ID: 0056
Applicant: Tuolumne River Preservation Trust
Amount Sought: $1,500,000
Description: Proposed project combines two sites, including one conservation easement and partial restoration, and one riparian restoration site. Proposal seeks to restore riparian corridor, improve channel connectivity and increase flooding frequency and incorporate a series of wildlife habitat friendly practices into on-going farming and ranching operations.
Proposal ID: 0057
Applicant: Resource Conservation District, East Merced
Amount sought: $1,035,430
Description: Project seeks to investigate the feasibility of a biotechnical erosion control as an alternative to bank management. Specifically, the project will install and provide landowner education on erosion control, riparian and floodplain restoration in agricultural landscapes, and vegetated filter strips, hedgerows and other wildlife buffers.
Proposal ID: 0062
Applicant: University of California, Merced
Amount sought: $1,492,107
Description: This project seeks to implement real-time water quality management on two duck clubs in the Grasslands Water District.
Proposal ID: 0068
Applicant: Yolo Basin Foundation
Amount sought: $1,231,400
Description: Implement a pilot project on the Yolo Wildlife Area to assess three different rice field treatments for value and use of aquatic birds and impact on rice production. The project also proposes to address mercury issues in the area as well as continue the Yolo Bypass Working Group.
Proposal ID: 0070
Applicant: Sonoma State University
Amount sought: $175,228
Description: Project proposes to evaluate farmers/ranchers attitudes towards conservation and management changes, identify and appraise constraints, and identify the most important factors in influencing farmers' long term commitments to conservation innovation.
Proposal ID: 0073
Applicant: United States Geological Survey
Amount sought: $493,033
Description: This project proposes to evaluate past Program investments in relation to their objectives to meet the needs of MSCS species such as the greater sandhill crane in order to develop recommendations to assist private farmers in contributing towards their recovery.
Proposal ID: 0074
Applicant: Agricultural Water Management Council
Amount sought: $267,685
Description: Project proposes to monitor, assess, and report on the efficacy of water management actions on wildlife habitat, including a focus on giant garter snake habitat impacts of water transfers. Project will develop performance measures and protocols that growers and local agencies can use to develop/improve efforts designed to provide habitat.
Proposal ID: 0077
Applicant: Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District
Amount sought: $1,910,954
Description: Project seeks to improve water and sediment quality, restore habitats (riparian and rangeland), and rehabilitate ecological processes. Objectives of the project are to assist farmers as well as policy makers in understanding and integrating BMPs through on-the-ground projects, public education and outreach, tours, and continued research to determine new BMPs that can be implemented at the ranch level.
Proposal ID: 0079
Applicant: University of California, Davis
Amount sought: $101,220
Description: This project proposes to restore four agricultural riparian areas and conduct an assessment of restoration techniques to develop cost-effective restoration practices and distribute to stakeholders.
Proposal ID: 0083
Applicant: Agricultural Water Management Council
Amount sought: $197,466
Description: Proposed project will develop monitoring, performance and data management tools for ERP based wildlife friendly agricultural projects in collaboration with ERP staff. The project proposes to improve the understanding of the effects of conservation-based farming practices, design technical protocols for growers, and promote the understanding of conservation-based farming practices.
Proposal ID: 0084
Applicant: United States Geological Survey-Western Ecological Research Center
Amount sought: $1,140,163
Description: Project seeks to understand how water transfers from croplands affect wetland-dependent birds (e.g., greater sandhill cranes).
Proposal ID: 0086
Applicant: United States Geological Survey
Amount sought: $1,187,367
Description: Evaluation of the effects of rice field fallowing on GGS in order to meet the needs for regulatory guidelines for the EWA program.
Proposal ID: 0088
Applicant: Yolo County Resource Conservation District
Amount sought: $2,257,978
Description: Proposed project would continue to develop collaborations to address restoration permitting needs, increase technical and economic incentives for farmers to increase habitat, conduct economic assessments. Project would include riparian habitat enhancements, irrigation canal re-vegetation, farm pond habitats, and wildlife and vegetation monitoring along with studies on ecosystem services, outreach, and education.
Proposal ID: 0092
Applicant: San Joaquin County Resource Conservation District
Amount sought: $1,174,003
Description: Restore and enhance native riparian habitat in working agricultural landscapes in the lower Mokelumne River Watershed. Identify and work with willing producers, provide incentives, recover at risk species, reduce occurrences of NIS, and measure benefits.
Proposal ID: 0093
Applicant: Delta Protection Commission
Proposal Title: Delta Working Landscapes
Amount sought: $1,274,066
Description: Work with local farmers to implement demonstration projects that improve habitat values while improving water quality, sediment transport, and levee stabilization. Evaluate operations of agriculture practices in the Delta that could be implemented elsewhere. Conduct an educational and outreach festival to inform the public on the values of the Delta.