Franks Tract Futures project

A public meeting regarding the Franks Tract Futures project will be held Thursday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Scout Hall, 3090 Ranch Lane on Bethel Island. 

The meeting will be hosted by UC Davis to seek public input on the Franks Tract Restoration Plan. The current phase of the project involves working with the local communities, local agencies, and interested stakeholders in developing a detailed habitat enhancement plan for Franks Tract using a transparent and collaborative process.  

In July 2018, the California Division of Fish & Wildlife submitted a plan to the Delta Stewards Council that called for the construction of a berm that would split Franks Tract in two along a line that runs roughly north to south. Approximately 1,000 acres of tidal wetlands would be created by dumping millions of cubic yards of fill on the west side of the berm and in Little Franks Tract. An open-water channel of approximately 2,000 acres would be established on the east side of the berm. Access to False River and the San Joaquin River to the east of the tract would be permanently blocked by the project.

The planning process will develop and evaluate alternative approaches to restoration that balance multiple interests identified in the Franks Tract Futures Report. The desired outcome is that the final plan achieves biological and water quality objectives and addresses local concerns related to recreation, navigation, flood protection and local economic sustainability.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/thepress_franks_tract.

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