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 scheduled to begin in late August 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 begin in late August and 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 (and not on Labor Day).

You’re Invited!

The Water Forum is hosting several open houses to share information about the project and answer questions.

  • VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, July 15, 6-7 p.m. (VIEW THE RECORDING)
  • HOSTED BY THE EFFIE YEAW NATURE CENTER: Tuesday, July 20, 6-8 p.m. (Registration not required)
  • HOSTED BY THE ANCIL HOFFMAN GOLF COURSE: Monday, July 26, 6-8 p.m. (Registration not required)

Learn more about the upcoming Open Houses. You can also sign up to receive Water Forum updates 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.