A Voice for the Sacramento River System Since 1984

Accomplishments

Sacramento River’s Natural Meander

Since 1984, the Sacramento River Preservation Trust has advocated for and supported the preservation of the natural resources of the Sacramento River with educational programs and outings, participating in the environmental review process of projects that might affect the river, and, when necessary to preserve what little is left of our historic species diversity and riparian land acreage, in the courts. The Sacramento River Preservation Trust has also worked to maximize public access to the Sacramento River while working with partners to restore native riparian lands along the main-stem of the river between Colusa and Redding.

Highlights of Our Work

  • Helped develop the Upper Sacramento Fisheries and Riparian Habitat Plan (“SB1086”) and supported its successful implementation:
  • Litigated to protect at-risk salmon runs, including Winter-run and Spring-run Chinook salmon
  • Pushed for reduction in further Corps rip-rap and for providing full mitigation in the leveed reaches of the river
  • Successfully litigated to stop the Army Corps of Engineers’ Chico Landing to Red Bluff Sacramento River Bank Protection Project, which would have placed rock revetment (rip-rap) on all outside bends of the Sacramento River between Chico and red Bluff, essentially locking the river in place and halting the river’s ability to meander naturally – this project was the original threat to the Sacramento River’s natural resources and physical riverine processes that our organization was formed to defeat. 
    • All significant fisheries measures have been completed
    • Sacramento River Conservation Handbook prepared to guide riparian habitat conservation
    • Tens of thousands of acres of riparian habitat protected and restored
    • Fought for the creation of and continued government funding for federal and state riparian habitat reserves and public access facilities along the River:
      • Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS) – 10,000+ acres, 1,300 acres in additional easements
      • Sacramento River State Wildlife Area (CDFW) – 4,000+ acres
      • Bidwell – Sacramento River State Park (CDPR) – 300+ acres
      • Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area (BLM)
  • Began programs for education, outreach and river-based recreation:
    • Float tours and hike trips
    • A founding partner of  the Snow Goose Festival, a nationally renowned birding festival highlighting Sacramento Valley wildlife habitats
    • Convened State of the River Conferences
    • Traveling river road show speaker series
    • Purchase table space at environmental, watershed, and conservation festivals and events to distribute educational materials and recreational resources that focuss on our events and watershed work, as well as the majesty, beauty, and resources of the Sacramento River

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