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AWRA NorCal Presents: Fins, Feathers, Fish Food, and Flood Control on Floodplain Farm Fields

  • MWH, now part of Stantec 3301 C Street, Suite 1900 Sacramento, CA, 95816 United States (map)
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Jacob Katz, Senior Scientist

California Trout (CalTrout)



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Description

Jacob Katz will present on projects demonstrating how agriculture, water supply reliability, flood control, and recovery of endangered species are all compatible. The “Nigiri Project” is a collaborative effort between farmers and researchers to help restore salmon populations by reintroducing young salmon onto winter-flooded rice fields. Spearheaded by CalTrout and local landowners with support from UC Davis and State agencies, this public/private partnership is demonstrating the multiple benefits of integrating ecological systems into working agricultural landscapes on the largest connected floodplain of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the 60,000-acre Yolo Bypass.  Come hear how high visibility projects, such as the Nigiri Project, galvanize change, build strong partnerships among diverse stakeholders, influence water policy, and expedite agency adoption of multi-benefit water management.

Jacob says he “was born with gills”. Fascinated with what happened below the water line, he grew up chasing fish in every creek, puddle, river and pond he could find. Eventually Jacob was “hooked” by school, receiving a PhD in Fish Ecology at UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. He is a Senior Scientist at the conservation non-profit CalTrout where his work centers on integrating ecologic science into management and operation of California’s water system, developing ways to get greater fish and wildlife benefit out of working landscapes, and ensuring that California will always be home to wild salmon.


Mixer: 6:00 – 6:30 pm

Presentation: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Light Refreshments Provided