The San Francisco Chronicle highlighted River Partners’ efforts to heal the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by transforming a decades-old cattle ranch into a wildlife haven along Dutch Slough near the town of Oakley, north of Stockton.
In partnership with the California Department of Water Resources, River Partners completed one of the largest Bay-Delta freshwater tidal marsh restoration projects in state history. The project involved transforming a 1,200-acre cattle ranch into a wildlife haven at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. Nearly 20 years in the making, the project establishes a model for Bay-Delta restoration that benefits a trove of imperiled species, local communities, and the collective understanding of how to maximize future Delta restoration.
“ John Cain [River Partners’ Director of Conservation] has been involved with Dutch Slough since the beginning. He first found the property in 1998 while on staff at the conservation group American Rivers. He worked with the property owners and the city of Oakley to broker the state purchase of $28 million for three parcels originally set to be converted to housing.
“It’s very difficult to find places in the delta you can restore to tidal marsh,” he said.”