Environmental documents to construct the Delta research station finalized

SACRAMENTO – The environmental documents to construct the Delta Research Station (DRS) has been finalized by California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in May. This is a step forward in building a science center consisting of two facilities for an Estuarine Research Station (ERS) and Fish Technology Center (FTC).

The project proposes to develop this station on the former Rio Vista Army Base and bring together federal and state agencies in one location to conserve and study the largest West Coast estuary, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

“Protection of our Delta, the most important estuary on the west coast of the western hemisphere, depends on science,” Congressman John Garamendi said. “The Rio Vista Estuarine Research Station will advance our understanding of the ecology of the region and provide critical information to direct policy.”

The cost to build this facility is projected at $90 million to $100 million. The ERS project is funded by DWR and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). USBR is also funding the FTC project.

The 12-acre project is a smart investment for state and federal agencies, according to DWR Acting Director Bill Croyle.

“Ecologically and economically, much is at stake in the Delta,” Croyle stated.  “By bringing together scientists who are now scattered across the region, the new Rio Vista field station should bring efficiency, spark collaboration and ultimately improve our understanding and management of this complex, dynamic place.”

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