Sunday, July 01, 2007

Funding for California River Parkways Announcement

Go to title link for complete announcement with notice of groups receiving grants, two on the American River:

1) City-County Office of Metropolitan Water Planning (Water Forum) - Sunrise Side Channel Project - $510,035
Interpret and enhance 1,300 linear feet of steelhead spawning habitat in the American River.

2) American River Conservancy - South Fork American River Parkway - $1,660,000
Acquire properties fronting and overlooking the South Fork of the American River containing 54 acres of key wildlife habitat and 1.55 miles of trail.

For Immediate Release: Contact: Alicia McGee
June 27, 2007 (916) 651-7585
Stan Bajorin
(916) 653-5656


Proposition 50 Funding Will Benefit River Parkway Projects Statewide
RANCHO CORDOVA – Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman will announce grants totaling $32.7 million at an awards ceremony June 28 to help fund 35 statewide river parkway projects. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at Middle Sunrise Park at Sunrise Boulevard and South Bridge Street in Rancho Cordova.

“Protecting our watersheds is a primary goal of the Resources Agency and of benefit to all Californians,” said Secretary Chrisman. “These projects will create or enhance miles of trails for families and communities throughout California, and will also restore and protect wildlife habitat for future generations.”

The grants, made possible through Proposition 50, will be used by 31 cities, counties, public agencies and non-profit organizations for the acquisition, restoration, protection and development of areas along rivers, streams and creeks. In total, the grants will fund nearly 59 miles of trail creation or enhancement and more than 1,914 acres of wildlife habitat restoration.