In 2015, 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.
Updated December 14, 2015
Sacramento, Delevan and Colusa NWRs will receive 75% of their allocated water for the 2015-16 season. What will the landscape look like this winter?
- Sacramento NWR anticipated habitat map (pdf) - Delevan NWR anticipated habitat map (pdf) - Colusa NWR anticipated habitat map (pdf) - Current Impacts to the Complex (pdf)Additional habitat will be flooded if water becomes available.
The portion of the refuge within the Sutter Bypass (which includes the hunt area) was delayed in receiving water. The hunt portion will open for hunting on December 19, 2015.
- Sutter NWR anticipated habitat map (pdf)
Many areas at Llano Seco will be flooded after November 1.
- Llano Seco Unit anticipated habitat map
Below is the hunting information for the 2015-16 season.
- Anticipated waterfowl hunting quotas (visit "NEWS" section 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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