The Fish Restoration Program (FRP) is an inter-agency agreement between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) that will restore at least 8,000 acres of tidal wetlands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh. The rationale for restoration is that state or federally listed fish species, Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus), spring-run and winter-run Central Valley Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and Longfin Smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys) will benefit from increased availability of habitat and food web resources.
The CDFW FRP Monitoring Team is responsible for monitoring tidal wetlands through the collection of water quality, chlorophyll, phytoplankton, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates, and fish. Sampling is conducted on both project and reference sites before and after restoration actions. Sampling design and methods were developed in coordination with the IEP Tidal Wetland Monitoring Project Work Team following its conceptual models and monitoring framework.
- 2010: DWR and CDFW sign FRP agreement
- 2014: IEP Tidal Wetland Monitoring Project Work Team first convenes
- 2015: FRP wetland sampling begins
- 2017: Completion of tidal wetland conceptual models and monitoring framework
- 2018: Decker Island and Yolo Flyway Farms restorations complete
- 2019: Winter Island and Tule Red restorations complete
- 2020: Wings Landing and Lower Yolo Ranch restorations complete