Knightsen Wetland Restoration Project

Status Planning County Contra Costa
Project Type Non-mitigation Location 37.97066° N, -121.63173° W Map
Project Area (Acres) No Data Last Updated 19 April 2022
Project Abstract The Knightsen Wetland Restoration Project will restore a mosaic of habitats to a 645-acre property in Contra Costa County. The project is focused on restoring habitat for special status species but will also have ancillary benefits.
Project Groups San Francisco Bay Adaptation
Administrative Region Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh - Rachel Wigginton, SSJDC

Project Identification

No Data

Habitat Plan

Site NamePhaseActivitySubActivitiesHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Knighten Wetland Project (Planning Phase 2) None Restoration (unspecified) Unspecified Unknown/unspecified wetland habitat None No Data Planning in-progress
North Site None Restoration (unspecified) Water Management Depressional Wetland Unknown/Unspecified No Data Planning in-progress
South Site None Restoration (unspecified) Water Management Estuarine Wetland Emergent Saline to Brackish Marsh No Data Planning in-progress

Related Habitat Impacts

Impact Project NameHabitatAcres LostType of Loss
No Data


Knighten Wetland Project (Planning Phase 2) Planning/Scoping No Data
North Site Planning/Scoping No Data
South Site Planning/Scoping No Data


DateTypeDescriptionSite Name
No Data


Contact Abigail Fateman East Contra Costa Habitat Conservancy Not applicable/Unknown


None Restoration (unspecified) Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy $1,225,000
None Restoration (unspecified) CDFW Prop 1 - Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program $240,000

Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
No Data
Name File Type Submitted On Submitted By
Project Website Other 2022-04-19 Abigail Fateman, East Contra Costa Habitat Conservancy

How to Use the Habitat Development Curve

Habitat Development Curves (HDCs) are used to determine the developmental status and trajectory of on-the-ground projects to create, restore, or enhance California wetland and stream habitats. Each HDC is based on assessments of habitat condition for different age areas of one habitat type that in aggregate represent the full spectrum of habitat development. The assessments of condition are provided by expert applications of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM). Visit the CRAM website for more information about CRAM.

For each HDC, reference condition is represented by areas of a habitat that consistently get very high CRAM scores, have not been subject to disruptive management practices, and exist within landscapes that are protected and managed for their natural conditions. The horizontal lines intersecting the top of an HDC represent the mean CRAM score and standard deviation of scores for 25 qualifying reference areas.

The age of a project is estimated as the elapsed time in years between the groundwork end date for the project and the date of the CRAM assessment. To add or update a groundwork end date, use the Project Events form in Project Tracker ( The minimum age in years of a non-project area, including any natural reference area, is estimated from all available local information, including historical maps and imagery, historical written accounts, and place-specific scientific studies of habitat development.

An HDC can be used to address the following questions:

  1. At what time in the future will the area of assessed habitat achieve the reference condition or other milestones in habitat development? The HDC can answer this question if the CRAM score for the assessed area is within the confidence interval of the HDC. The answer is the time in years along the HDC between the current age of the assessed area and the future date corresponding to the intersection of the HDC and the reference condition or other milestone.
  2. Is the area of assessed habitat likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace as most other areas of the same habitat type? The habitat area is likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace if the CRAM score for the area is above, below, or within the confidence interval of the HDC, respectively.
  3. What can be done to improve the condition of the habitat area or to increase its rate of development? HDCs by themselves cannot answer this question. Possible answers can be inferred by the following analysis that involves HDCs:
    1. Examine the HDC for each of the four CRAM Attributes;
    2. Identify the Attribute(s) scoring below the HDC;
    3. For any low-scoring Attribute, examine the component Metric Scores (note: the Metric Scores for any public CRAM assessment in the CRAM database can be obtained through EcoAtlas);
    4. Assume the low score of an Attribute is due to its low-scoring Metric(s);
    5. Consider modifying the design or management of the habitat area in ways that will sustainably increase its score(s) for the low-scoring Metric(s).

For more information about CRAM Attributes and Metrics, including their scientific rationale, see the CRAM Manual.

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