Wetland Habitat Funding

Wetland Drought Relief

In response to the extreme drought in California’s Central Valley and the reduction in critical wetland habitat for Pacific Flyway shorebirds, waterfowl, and other wetland-dependent species, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) provided $8 million to help increase the amount of available flooded habitat for migratory birds in the Sacramento Valley.


Private wetlands compose sixty-five percent of remnant wetland habitat in the Central Valley, making them important habitat strongholds. By supporting wetland owners to flood up dry wetlands in the winter, spring, and summer, private wetlands can help to meet habitat needs for many waterbird species. This is especially important during extended drought when there is far less flooded habitat across the Central Valley. 


Current drought conditions have reduced the availability of flooded habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland-dependent species that are severely impacted by the drought.


During the winter, support from DWR and the collaboration of multiple partners helped created over 70,000 acres of flooded waterbird habitat on rice fields and private wetlands throughout the Sacramento Valley. The California Rice Commission is leading this work with strong partnership from the following organization: Audubon California, California Waterfowl Association, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, Point Blue Conservation Science and The Nature Conservancy.


Key Details

There are no current programs planned for the second half of 2023.

Please check back here in early 2024 for details about an April Gradual Drawdown and a Summer flooding program.

Contact Us

Audubon California

Ashley Seufzer 

(415) 644-4608



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