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American Canyon levee breach

Picture by: Unknown Picture taken on: August 25th, 2010

Tags: levee california recovery restoration habitat southwest

Heavy equipment breaches a levee at the American Canyon restoration project. This project was made possible thanks to funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This salt pond restoration project will help to restore 1,135 acres of tidal wetlands by removing levees, contouring/excavating stream channels to re-create a natural tidal exchange, restore marsh, and provide flood protection. This project involves an important restoration expansion of the Napa-Sonoma Wildlife Area and San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge. The project will benefit threatened species including green sturgeon, delta and longfin smelt, steelhead, and Chinook salmon.

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