NAWCA 2018-2 San Joaquin Wetlands Conservation III

Status Completed County Merced, Stanislaus
Project Type Non-mitigation Location Not Mapped
Project Area (Acres) 3,557 Last Updated 16 December 2020
Project Abstract This project will restore or enhance 3,557 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands and associated uplands.
Project Groups Basin - San Joaquin | Central Valley Joint Venture | NAWCA

Project Identification

NAWCA-6655 NAWCA - Project Number

Habitat Plan

ActivitySubActivitiesHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Enhancement Palustrine Wetland Emergent Freshwater Marsh 3,555 Completed
Unknown/Unspecified Unknown/unspecified habitat None No Data Completed
Restoration/Re-establishment Upland Grassland 2.00 Completed

Related Habitat Impacts

HabitatAcres LostType of Loss
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Tract 10: Private Ownership Completed 62.00
Tract 11: Private Ownership Completed 120.0
Tract 12: Private Ownership Completed 148.0
Tract 13: Private Ownership Completed 1,192
Tract 2: San Luis NWR-Kesterson Unit Completed 332.0
Tract 3: Private Ownership Completed 890.0
Tract 4: Private Ownership Completed 210.0
Tract 5: Private Ownership Completed 23.00
Tract 7: Private Ownership Completed 30.00
Tract 8: Private Ownership Completed 350.0
Tract 9: Private Ownership Completed 200.0


DateTypeDescriptionSite Name
2020-03-01 Project end date
2018-03-01 Project start date


Contact Lily Douglas USFWS - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Not applicable/Unknown


Unknown/Unspecified WCB Wildlife Conservation Board $1,000,000
Enhancement USFWS North American Wetlands Conservation Act $913,428
Unknown/Unspecified CDWR California Department of Water Resources $830,000
Enhancement Unknown/Unspecified Private Funder $702,362
Unknown/Unspecified USFWS North American Wetlands Conservation Act $40,000
Enhancement Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $39,548
Restoration/Re-establishment USFWS North American Wetlands Conservation Act $30,410
Restoration/Re-establishment USFWS U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service $15,750
Unknown/Unspecified Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $4,800

Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
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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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