Experimental Release of Delta Smelt Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)
Document Title
Experimental Release of Delta Smelt Project
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Multi-Jurisdictional (4 Counties)
Document Description
The Project proposes to annually release up to 60,000 adult equivalents of surplus hatchery origin Delta Smelt each year into a portion of the current range of the species for a three-year period. The purpose of the Project would be part of an early experimental release effort to answer several high priority questions to inform the feasibility of future supplementation efforts, if pursued in the future. The hatchery fish would be propagated at the University of California Davis Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory in Byron, California. The Project would rely on ongoing monitoring performed by the nine-member agency Interagency Ecological Program’s (IEP) studies for sampling and data collection which have been ongoing since the 1970s and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Enhanced Delta Smelt Monitoring Program.

Contact Information

Melissa Farinha
Agency Name
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Contra Costa, Sacramento, Solano, Yolo
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Information
Project activities would be located in the various waterways within the areas of the legal Delta that cross into Contra Costa, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties and, Suisun Bay and Grizzly Bay, within the following USGS quadrangles: Davis, Sacramento W, Saxon, Clarksburg, Courtland, Liberty Island, Dozier, Rio Vista, Birds Landing, Denverton, Fairfield, Vine Hill, Honker Bay, Antioch N, and Jersey Island.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Fish and Game Commission (CDFGC), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Delta Protection Commission, Delta Stewardship Council, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Other (Biological Study)
Local Actions
Feasibility Study
Project Issues
Biological Resources


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