Progress in Delta Restoration - The Wallace Weir Project
Wallace Weir, site of CA EcoRestore fish rescue project in the Yolo Bypass
On October 13, Metropolitan Chairman Randy Record and several directors were on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Wallace Weir Fish Rescue Project in the Yolo Bypass area of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The Yolo Bypass is a floodplain that protects Sacramento and other communities along the Sacramento River. The bypass is also used for farming, recreation and is the site for current and proposed habitat restoration projects through the
Endangered salmon can become stranded in the northern bypass because there is no physical passage between the bypass and the Sacramento River in most months. The
project is funded by Metropolitan Water District and other State Water Project contractors. It will help wildlife agencies capture and return migrating salmon and sturgeon to their native spawning grounds by replacing the weir's current seasonal earthen dam with a permanent, operable structure.
The groundbreaking for Wallace Weir Fish Rescue project is exciting news. It's an example of how local, state and federal agencies, with the financial support of Metropolitan and other water agencies, are making real progress to restore the Delta ecosystem and help support improvements in overall water supply reliability for the state.