SACRAMENTO – The state Division of Boating and Waterways has certified that a long anticipated plan to control the spread of multiple invasive plant species in Delta waterways is consistent with the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan. The DBW’s certification of its Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Program opens a public review period that ends March 4.
“We started the process of developing a complete aquatic invasive species control program several years ago under a partnership involving a number of state and federal agencies and my office,” said Assemblymember Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay. “This new plan is the first of its kind for the Delta that is comprehensive and includes treatment methods to control multiple invasive species. Previous plans addressed just one invasive species at a time.”
DBW certified the Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Program to be consistent with the Delta Plan on Feb. 2, which opened a 30-day window for public review.
To view or appeal the certification of consistency, visit: http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/covered-actions
The DBW’s plan is designed to enhance the navigability of Delta waterways through controlling the spread of invasive species such as water hyacinth and spongeplant in the Delta, its tributaries and the Suisun Marsh. Other benefits of the plan include food web enhancements, reduced physiochemical impacts, biological benefits, reduced potential for significant detrimental impacts, and increased opportunities for ecosystem restoration.
Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.