Planning for an Integrated, Resilient Future
Yolo Bypass Cache Slough Partnership
The Yolo Bypass is a 40-mile long, 59,000 acre federal flood management facility, built in the 1930s to protect lives and property across the Sacramento metropolitan area.
The Cache Slough is located primarily within the County of Solano, intersecting with the southern portion of the Yolo Bypass. Cache Slough supports remnant tidal habitat where restoration of natural conditions could benefit delta smelt and other native aquatic species. Cache slough is also a regionally significant agricultural area where the location of multiple-benefit projects could affect the operations and maintenance practices of agricultural diverters and core flood control and levee maintenance responsibilities of reclamation districts within the Cache Slough Complex.
Together, the Yolo Bypass and Cache Slough region presents unparalleled opportunities for multiple-benefit projects that improve flood protection, fisheries and wildlife habitat, water supply and water quality, agricultural sustainability, and recreational opportunities. As such, the Yolo Bypass and Cache Slough region is the focus of an increasing number of federal, state, and locally developed projects intended to improve these multiple public values.
Today, the Yolo Bypass Cache Slough region is a microcosm of challenges and opportunities facing water managers and planners around California. The Yolo Bypass Cache Slough Partnership (YBCS) is a dynamic and results-focused response to those challenges. Flood risk management, fisheries and wildlife habitat, water supply, water quality, agricultural land preservation, and recreation are all part of collaborative planning for a vibrant future for the region’s residents, businesses, and ecosystem.
Local, state, and federal agencies, regional organizations, Native American Tribes, and other interested parties jointly prioritizing and overcoming obstacles to implementing projects capable of delivering multiple benefits across a shared YBCS landscape.
Since 2016, the Partner agencies have been developing a program that encourages collaboration on regional solutions to implement landscape-level changes across its six pillars: flood, habitat, recreation, agriculture, water supply, and water quality.
Understanding the Importance of the YBCS Region
Centered between the Sacramento and American Rivers and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the YBCS is the heart of a vast watershed – and central to a robust regional agricultural economy, reliable water supply, and resilient ecosystem, in addition to flood risk reduction.
In recognition of the advantages of an integrated approach, a new era of multi-benefit collaborative planning began when local, state and federal agency representatives executed the YBCS Memorandum of Understanding.