Ever wonder what is going on under the Yolo Causeway when driving to and from Sacramento? That’s part of the Yolo Bypass! In years with high rainfall, water from the Sacramento River enters the Yolo Bypass at the Fremont Weir north of Sacramento. Floodwaters flow through the Yolo Bypass and ultimately reconnect with the Sacramento River near Rio Vista.
The Yolo Bypass is central, both geographically and in importance, to California’s water supply and flood protection system. However, proposed modifications to the Yolo Bypass to enhance habitat for out-migrating, endangered winter and spring-run young salmon means the Yolo Bypass will be key to the continued pumping of water south for agriculture and urban users. Pete Bontadelli will dive into the existing biological opinion for salmon, describing what it means for the current operations of the pumps of both state and federal water projects. Take a look at the now century-old role that the Bypass plays in the flood protection system for the Central Valley and particularly for safeguarding the State Capitol. Pete will take you on a journey of the Yolo Bypass of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Pete Bontadelli is the immediate-past Board Chair of Yolo Basin Foundation. Pete served as Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife when the original acquisition of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area was established. He is an avid birder and frequently visits the area.
Flyway Nights is a monthly speaker series highlighting environmental issues, natural history of Northern California, and current research topics in conservation. Yolo Basin Foundation hosts Flyway Nights the first Thursday of the month from November to April at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters.