Wednesday, March 4, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Project targets tidal wetlands near Suisun

hill slough update 2_24_14

Jet skiers ride in the Hill Slough Wildlife Area Monday. The state has a proposal to restore 950 acres of tidal marsh in the area. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page A1 | February 27, 2014 |

SUISUN MARSH — A proposal to restore tidal wetlands within 950 acres adjacent to Suisun City could return to the public eye this summer.

The land is in the state’s Hill Slough Wildlife Area of Suisun Marsh that touches the southern border of Suisun City. A new city biking and walking trail along Highway 12 overlooks it.

A draft environmental impact report for the Hill Slough Restoration Project could be released this summer, said Sarah Estrella, an environmental scientist for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

This comes after the project has had a low profile for two years. The state in 2011 conducted a local workshop to get comments on issues people would like to see addressed in a draft environmental impact report.

Hill Slough Wildlife Area is a local recreation draw, with the state estimating that 10,000 anglers visit there annually. Solano County a few years ago converted a bridge over Hill Slough next to Grizzly Island Road into a fishing pier.

The land is also habitat for waterfowl and other creatures. But it is behind levees, which means the tides cannot flood it twice a day, providing habitat for fish such as juvenile salmon and the rare Delta smelt.

Under the proposed restoration plan, the state would breach levees and restore tidal wetlands. Parts of the preserve would remain as seasonal wetlands.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife faces challenges. Grizzly Island Road, the main road leading into Suisun Marsh and its hunting, hiking and fishing areas, divides the Hill Slough Wildlife Area. It would have to be raised above the 100-year flood level if the levees were breached or be at risk for flooding.

Solano County owns Grizzly Island Road. County Engineering Manager Matt Tuggle said the Department of Fish and Wildlife would have to pay to raise the road.

Estrella agreed, adding that after the work is done, the raised road would be the county’s to maintain. Finding free fill for raising Grizzly Island Road would dramatically reduce costs, she said.

“We’re trying to time this right to pick up the fill from another project that’s trying to get rid of the fill,” she said.

Another challenge is the presence of a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. tower in an area to be flooded. A 2011 state report said a boardwalk would be built to the tower and the tower footings improved.

The Hill Slough Restoration Project could cost $7 million to $10 million, Estrella said. Money would probably come different sources, she said.

People will be able to comment on the draft environmental impact report when it gets released. When the actual project might begin remains a question mark.

Estrella said PG&E in 2015 is to be working on a line of towers that passes through the Hill Slough Wildlife Area. The project would probably start after that, with the work on Grizzly Island Road being an initial step.

The idea for restoring tidal wetlands in the Hill Slough Wildlife Area has been around since at least 1998. Another version of the project called for restoring 220 acres of tidal wetlands, far less than the present, proposed 950 acres.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Marshy MarshFebruary 25, 2014 - 9:14 am

    I am okay with this project, unless for some reason it ups my flood insurance.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Police shut down Fairfield street after shooting

By Glen Faison | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Report: Affordable Care Act stretches Solano services

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1

County honors Meadows Trigueiro as Woman of the Year

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Celebrity chef motivates Armijo students

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Caltrans reschedules work on J-Mack Ferry

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
State schedules work on Highway 12

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

Bridge work to shut down Highway 12 east of Rio Vista

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Highway 12 Association to meet this month

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Supervisors move ahead with flood planning effort

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

 
 
Robots, raucous businessmen set to arrive on big screen

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7

Suisun water rate increase public meetings to begin

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A9

 
Teen hit by SUV remains in hospital

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

College looks at Measure Q project changes

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A9

 
 
 
Fairfield police log: March 2, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: March 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: Feb. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun police log: March 2, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: March 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Feb. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Enrollment of non-residents to be capped at some UC campuses

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

.

US / World

California survey finds Sierra snowpack far below normal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
California shuts down oil wells to protect ground water

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Ex-CIA chief admits sharing military secrets with mistress

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
Mines, bombs slow Iraqi advance on Islamic State-held Tikrit

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

India orders TV stations not to give rapist a platform

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Lawmakers taking another crack at expanding gun checks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
California lawmakers show wide discrepancy in missed votes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13 | Gallery

 
Family of girl declared brain-dead sues Oakland hospital

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

US marshals say man killed by Los Angeles police was wanted

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13 | Gallery

 
72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Netanyahu warns US ‘bad deal’ would put Iran on nuclear path

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

.

Opinion

Minority outreach that works

By Jennifer Rubin | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

 
Israelis worry about inequality, not Iran

By Daniel Gordis | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

 
Editorial cartoon: March 3-4, 2015

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

Today in History: March 4, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: March 4, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Mushrooms are nutrient-packed, with a deep, savory flavor

By The Washington Post | From Page: B5

 
Get ready to add white to the rainbow of produce you eat

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes: March 4, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

My husband and I want different things in our retirement

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
.

Entertainment

Apollo to celebrate Holiday birthday

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Oprah’s Chicago studios to close down

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Fashion week moves Milan to Paris

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

.

Sports

Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut, A’s beat Giants 9-4

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
 
Vanden girls roll, advance to SJS championship game

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1

No ‘floating rubbish’ collection for Olympic sailing venue

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Cal senior Reshanda Gray named Pac-12 Player of the Year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Rudy Gay, Kings hand Knicks worst loss of season, 124-86

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Cubs’ scramble on Wrigley Field hits bump when mayor balks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Raiders officially release S Tyvon Branch

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Trooper: Fingerprints show victim in Hernandez’s rented car

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Australian rugby star Hayne signs 3-year deal with 49ers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Maid: Hernandez messed with security camera after killing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pacquiao big hit so far in Vegas sports books vs Mayweather

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Kings bring back former player Divac in front-office role

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

.

Business

Oil glut could soon lead to plummeting prices

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
.

Obituaries

Robert C. Thierry

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Garland (Curly) Henry Tackett

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Otto Vasak

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
John Henry Fechter, Jr.

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Jacqueline Mendes

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7