Grayson Riverbend Restoration

Project Lead: RD 2092/River Partners

Short Project Description:
The Grayson Riverbend Preserve Restoration Project is designed to:

  1. reestablish native riparian vegetation on 190 acres currently under cultivation,
  2. remove a private levee to reconnect 30 acres of floodplain to the river,
  3. replace one or two dilapidated culverts with two state-of-the-art water control structures to reconnect high-frequency overbank floods from the San Joaquin River to benefit anadromous fish rearing,
  4. retire consumptive water use to improve streamflow in the San Joaquin River,
  5. monitor the site to ensure effectiveness,
  6. coordinate project outcomes and investment closely with Stanislaus County’s Grayson Small Community Flood Risk Reduction Project immediately upstream, and
  7. transfer the property to federal ownership for inclusion and perpetual management within the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge which spans over 8,000 acres of floodplains immediately downstream.
Project Cost $5,000,000