The SRCD represents and assists the private landowners within the Suisun Marsh on a variety of issues on Federal, State, and local levels. The District provides landowners technical support and assistance in the permitting process for wetland habitat management. The goal is to ensure the wetland and wildlife habitat values of the Suisun Marsh are sustained and enhanced.
For Information on Water Diversion Reporting, see Resources: Landowner Information
Regional General Permit
Wetlands Maintenance Application – The landowners represented by the Suisun Resource Conservation District and the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Water Resources, and the United States Bureau of Reclamation are authorized to work in areas subject to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within the Suisun Marsh.
Bay Conservation and Development Commission Permit
Work Applications – 2023
The Suisun Marsh has an annual dredging permit to aid Suisun Marsh landowners to obtain material for exterior levee maintenance. The permitting process will take place between January thru May with implementation of the program starting August 1 thru November 15 for all approved dredging applications in the Marsh. It is a very lengthy process and annual cubic yards allowed is limited by region. Please contact your water manager if you would like more information on the Program.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Biological Opinions for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s (USACE) Regional General Permit 3 (RGP3) and Letter of Permission (LOP) for maintenance activities is the Suisun Marsh.
Suisun Marsh Protection Plan and Programs
The Suisun Marsh Preservation Act was enacted in 1977, and tasked the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission with maintain regional authority over the Suisun Marsh regarding dredging and infrastructure additions.
The Suisun Resource Conservation District’s Regional General Permit (RGP #3) has work activity restrictions that may affect property maintenance.
Exterior levee maintenance restrictions in areas identified as California Ridgway’s Rail habitat between February 1st and August 31st.
Special Conditions, Section 3 Endangered Species: Part A. California Ridgway’s Rail “the permittee shall not conduct maintenance activities on the crown or tidal side of levees on property within 500 feet of delineated areas known to support Clapper [Ridgway’s] Rails during breeding season. Please review the Regional General Permit 3 pdf as well as the restrictions specified in the 1994 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Letter.
Chinook Salmon are federal and state listed species with special protections. The most recent information on restrictions is provided here.
Delta Smelt are federal and state listed species with special protections. The most recent information on restrictions is provided here.
Suisun Marsh has two burning seasons in the spring and the fall, regulated by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Each landowner that has an interest in burning needs to develop a Smoke Management Plan 30 days before a planned burn and submit the fees required to obtain a burning permit.
The Suisun Marsh Plan was completed in 2014, but the implementation will be completed over the next 30 years. The plan is intended to balance the benefits of tidal wetland restoration and managed wetland enhancements in order to preserve the unique and important ecosystem of Suisun Marsh in a manner responsive to the concerns of stakeholders and private landowners.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Notices