At the north edge of our Bufferlands property, next to bustling Interstate Highway 5, lies a showpiece wildlife sanctuary known as Upper Beach Lake. Passing motorists probably don’t realize that the shorebirds visible from the road enjoy this healthy natural habitat as a result of restoration efforts done by a coalition of public and private groups led by Regional San.
As part of the South Sacramento County Streams Project, habitats located in four unique areas of the Bufferlands were restored beginning in the summer of 2004. Aquatic habitat, seasonal wetlands and upland areas all received a major facelift as part of this joint venture with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The noteworthy components of this habitat restoration effort included the creation or enhancement of:
The Sacramento Constructed Wetlands Demonstration Project was a five-year project conducted from January 1994 to December 1998. The emphasis of the project was on describing how treatment wetlands help remove trace metals.
Objectives of the project were to: