In 2014, the Sacramento, Delevan, and Colusa NWRs will be receiving only 75% of their allocated water. The refuge managers and biologists continue to strategize for the optimal use of water to continue to meet the refuges' goals. The staff is being flexible with water usage so water conserved early in the season can be used later in the season to meet management objectives. State and federal land managers are working strategically together on a landscape-wide level in their water management.
What will the land look like this winter with only 75% of its allocated water?
- Sacramento NWR at 75% Allocation (pdf) - Delevan NWR at 75% Allocation (pdf) - Colusa NWR at 75% Allocation (pdf) - Current Impacts to the Complex (pdf)
Additional habitat will be flooded if water becomes available.
Parts of the refuge within the Sutter Bypass will not be flooded due to curtailments. However, due to the December storms enough water has flooded the Bypass and Sutter NWR will open for hunting on Wednesday, December 31.
Many areas at Llano Seco will be flooded after November 1.
Waterfowl hunting will open on Sacramento, Delevan, and Colusa NWRs on October 18, 2014.
- Anticipated waterfowl hunting quotas (visit New for 2014-15 on hunting webpage) - Anticipated hunt area flooding maps (visit the hunting maps webpage) - Hunt Plan and Compatibility Determination (pdf, from CCP) - Link to SacNWR Complex's Hunting Webpage - Link to CA Department of Fish and Wildlife's "Area Alerts" webpage for status of State Wildlife Areas
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Often small groups of northern shovelers bring food to the surface by swimming rapidly in a circle while swinging their bills side to side. They strain aquatic vegetation, plankton, and tiny invertebrates through the comblike edges of their shovel-shaped bill.