Programs

The Suisun Resource Conservation District (SRCD) represents private landowners of the Suisun Marsh at the Federal, State, and local levels. Its historic goal has been to achieve a water supply of adequate quality so that preferred wetland habitat values will be retained through appropriate management practices. Through cooperation with landowners and various agencies, SRCD seeks to develop new programs aimed at protecting and improving the Suisun Marsh for future generations.

For more information on any of the programs listed below, please contact SRCD.

Suisun Marsh Preservation Agreement Implementation (PAI) Fund Cost-Share Grant Program

The PAI Program provides funding for activities needed to improve managed wetland facilities, operational efficiency and water management capabilities. Each Cost Share Program determines which type of improvements may apply and be eligible for participation.

 

Drainage Infrastructure Improvement 75/25 Cost Share: This Cost Share Program provides funds for managed wetland infrastructure improvements that are necessary for the property to meet the 30-day flood and drain cycle objectives for managed wetlands. Funds for this Program will not be used for maintenance of water control structures or fish-screens.

 

Drainage Infrastructure Improvement 50/50 Cost Share: This Cost Share Program provides funds for management and infrastructure improvements that are necessary to improve leaching and drainage efficiency of individual clubs. For the initial year of this program (2016) there will be no reimbursement for leach cycle expenses. Guidelines for leaching expenses will be developed for the 2017 Program year implementation.

 

Joint-Use Facility Improvement (JUFI) 75/25 Cost Share: Joint-use facilities are water control improvements used between two or more properties. Funds for this Program will not be used for maintenance of water control structures or fish-screens.

 

PAI Cover Letter

PAI 75/25 Cost Share Application

PAI 50/50 Cost Share Application

PAI JUFI Cost Share Application

 

 

Fall Flood-Up Program

Joint facilitated program between Solano County Mosquito Abatement District (SCMAD) and Suisun Resource Conservation District (SRCD). The goal is to reduce the production of mosquito populations during the flood up of the managed wetlands. Information regarding flood-up techniques and procedures to reduce mosquito production will be provided upon request. Landowners contact SCMAD and SRCD with their proposed dates to flood their properties. SCMAD technicians inspect the property timed from the initial opening of the intake structures to mosquito larvae life cycles. SCMAD will spray any properties that produce large quantities of mosquitoes. Cost-share is provided when available.


 

Pest Weed Control Program

The main goal of pest weed control is control invasive weeds of the Suisun Marsh. SRCD offers various options for chemicals to purchase, application practices (by hand or with a helicopter), and provide cost-share when available. The two primary invasive weeds in the Marsh:

Lepidium: Grows in large concentrations along levee edges and areas within the Marsh that are not flooded year around. The plant changes the soil composition which can eliminate other plants from emerging once it has established itself. Best time to spray is before plant sets seed, (Mid April-May).

Phragmites: Grows in dense tall patches within semi-flooded and flooded areas in the Marsh. If left unmanaged, stands can consume entire pond areas and eliminate native and beneficial Marsh plants. Best time to spray is before seed sets, (Mid-June to July).

Portable Pump Program

Under SRCD direction, 2 types of portable pumps are available to the landowners (at some cost) to aid and enhance marsh habitat. Water managers will oversee operation, maintenance, and distribution of pumps. The pumps are available for draining operations (leach cycles) on individual ownerships and state owned lands. There are minor changes to the rental charge and prioritizing pump operations for 2015. Please review the information page on the Pump Rental Agreement Form below.

 

2017 Pump Rental Agreement and Release

        

Water Manager Program

The water manager program is fully funded by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) through the SMPA Amendment Three, Article VIII. Their main goals are:
  • To ensure proper water management and to maximize the potential of an individual parcel
  • Provide cooperative service between the SRCD and Suisun Marsh private landowners
  • Provide technical support to private land owners of the marsh
  • Answer questions and to educate landowners on beneficial management techniques
  • Promote effective and efficient use of channel water
  • Avoid potential impacts to fisheries resources and protect sensitive species within managed wetlands
  • Administer portable pump program
  • Monitor the operation of the fish screen facilities and perform routine maintenance
  • Assist landowners in avoidance of vector production

 

Marsh Facts

Buffleheads are often called "butterballs" by waterfowlers for good reason. These birds can store upwards of four ounces of fat—more than a quarter of their body weight—in preparation for fall migration.



Waterfowl wings provide the two essential elements of flight. Primary feathers (those on the tips of the wings) provide thrust, while secondary feathers (those on the rear edge of the wings) provide lift.