The WCB, through the IWCP, can acquire property or property rights
or restore and enhance wetlands and related habitats. The following
list, while incomplete, help describe these project types in more detail.
All acquisitions are done in conjunction with the California Department
of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), with CDFW recommending priorities for proposed
acquisitions. For more information, see the WCBLand Acquisition Program. The IWCP has authority for any of the
- Fee Simple acquisitions
- Acquisition of perpetual conservation easements to protect privately
owned wetlands, wildlife-friendly agricultural lands or open space
to buffer existing wetlands from urban or residential development
- Long-term acquisition of water for wetlands
- Leases from landowners for specified period
Restoration and Enhancement Projects
The IWCP is authorized to restore and enhance wetlands and other
waterfowl habitats through the following and other methods:
- Restore wetland habitat: construct levees, swales and islands;
develop water conveyance and drainage systems; install water control
structures; establish upland grasslands; and plant desirable vegetation.
- Develop waterfowl friendly agricultural practices: fence upland
grasslands and riparian habitats, encourage wildlife friendly grazing
practices, and promote winter flooding of croplands.
- Develop infrastructure to provide water to wetlands or wildlife
friendly agricultural lands: build water delivery systems, develop
new groundwater sources, and provide fish-friendly water diversions
Recently completed projects include the following habitat restoration
projects: Tulare Basin Wetland Enhancement, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
Firemen's Unit Wetland Enhancement, Rancho Rio Chico Wetland Enhancement;
and the following acquisitions: North Grasslands Wildlife Area, Gadwall
Unit and the Bird Haven Ranch Conservation Easement.