The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water resources. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the State’s people and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.
Construction Underway for Two Fish Release Sites
DWR broke ground late summer for the construction of two new fish release sites, Little Baja and Manzo Ranch, on the northwest side of Sherman Island in Rio Vista. It has been nearly 40 years since DWR constructed release sites, which are used to return fish salvaged from the John E. Skinner Fish Protective Facility back into Delta water. The new sites along the Sacramento River will include a new release system, automated gates, site lighting, overhead downspout, electrical hookup and security fencing. With completion expected by December 2017, DWR’s fish release sites will total four with the existing Curtis Landing and Horseshoe Bend. The project complies with the 2009 National Marine and Fisheries Service’s Biological Opinion mandate to reduce predation and improve survival rates of salvaged fish returning to the Delta.