SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, a longtime supporter of the restoration of Lower Putah Creek in Winters, on Friday lauded the Central Valley Flood Protection Board’s unanimous approval of permits to complete the final phase of the project.
“Restoring this vital waterway to its natural state is the right thing to do, not only for the environment and wildlife but also for the people of Winters, who have come to cherish this wonderful asset,” the senator said. “I applaud board members for recognizing the importance of this project and helping to see it to fruition.”
Senator Dodd wrote a letter earlier this week to Chairman William Edgar and his colleagues, urging them to vote to complete the project begun in 2011. The creek had previously been overgrown with invasive weeds and littered with trash. Portions had grown too wide, allowing stagnation that threatened salmon. Restoration efforts have since breathed new life into the creek, causing salmon to return in record numbers and opening public access. The last phase is a one-mile stretch through Winters Putah Creek Nature Park to Interstate 505.
“It’s a culmination of more than 10 years of planning and dozens of public meeting,” said Rich Marovich, a stream keeper with the Lower Putah Creek coordinating committee. “We are thrilled to be finally going forward to complete this wonderful resource. Thank you to Senator Dodd, who helped us cross the finish line on the most important part.”
Lower Putah Creek runs from Lake Berryessa in Napa County through Solano and Yolo counties. It is a tributary to the Sacramento River.