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$2.6 million contract awarded for Oroville Wildlife Area restoration

Chico Enterprise-Record - October 11, 2016

By Heather Hacking

River Partners will be a part of a $19 million habitat restoration project to reduce flooding in the Oroville Wildlife Area. Photo by Bill Husa, Chico E-R

Oroville -- River Partners, based in Chico, has made another successful bid for a high-profile restoration project in the Sacramento Valley. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced last week that the habitat restoration group was awarded the $2.6 million contract for the Oroville Wildlife Area Floodplain Reconnection and Habitat Restoration Project.

About 1,500 acres is being restored of the wildlife reserve’s total 11,800 acres, spanning along the Feather River and grasslands around the Thermalito Afterbay.

The full project cost is $19 million, and the goal is to reduce flooding at times when the Feather River is running at high levels. Other improvements include addition of footbridges, invasive species removal, and grading to improve river access and public parking.

Funds for this and other projects come from Proposition 1, the bond fund passed by voters in 2014.

A total of $9.4 million in state projects was announced recently, including:

  • American River Headwaters Restoration Project, up to $1.8 million to American River Conservancy
  • Butte Creek Diversion 55 Fish Screen Project, up to $150,000 to Family Water Alliance, Inc.
  • Johnson Meadow Acquisition, Upper Truckee River, up to $4 million to Tahoe Resource Conservation District
  • Napa River Restoration Oakville to Oak Knoll Project, up to $800,000

Contact reporter Heather Hacking at hhacking@chicoer.com.