2021 Habitat Restoration Project at Ancil Hoffman

Big Trucks for Baby Fish

A new project to enhance crucial habitat for native salmon and steelhead trout is under way at Ancil Hoffman Park, near Effie Yeaw Nature Center, in Carmichael.

The Ancil Hoffman Habitat Restoration Project will recreate spawning and rearing areas by constructing new gravel beds in the river and carving a new alcove to protect juvenile fish. Project teams will add large woody material and plant riparian trees and bushes in the alcove, creating places for young fish to feed, grow, and hide from predators.

The project is expected to finish by late October, before anadromous Chinook salmon return in high numbers from the Pacific Ocean to the Lower American River. Crews may be on-site Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (noise starting at 7 a.m.) with in-river work occurring only on weekdays.

The Water Forum welcomed California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) Secretary Wade Crowfoot who toured the restoration in progress. Secretary Crowfoot filmed a video for CNRA staff and stakeholders, showcasing the project as an example of the progress being made even with challenges such as drought and wildfire.

Open Houses

The Water Forum hosted several open houses in July to share information about the project and answer questions. You can view a recording of the virtual open house here.

Have Additional Questions?

For more information, contact the project team at (916) 808-1994 or e-mail contact@waterforum.org.

Thank You Partners!

The project is funded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Central Valley Project Improvement Act Anadromous Fish Restoration Program, and made possible through partnerships between the Water Forum, City of Sacramento Department of Utilities, Sacramento County Regional Parks, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.