Wetlands Access Update:
Access to the Davis Wetlands has been restored and is open for public visitation as of May 1. City Staff has made temporary road repairs to improve access and safety. A larger road rehabilitation effort has received FEMA disaster funding and is expected to go out bid shortly. This rehabilitation work is expected to occur in July and August of 2018.
Public access during rehabilitation work may be impacted, so please check back here for updates.
The 400 acre Davis Wetlands Project is part of a growing effort throughout the Central Valley to preserve and restore native habitats and the wildlife they support. The Wetlands is one of the City's most valuable open space resources. It provides wildlife habitat, flood control, stormwater treatment, recreation, and environmental learning opportunities.
Until the turn of the century, this area was seasonally flooded by the rise of the Sacramento River and its tributaries. Low lying parts of Yolo County surrounding Davis were marshlands most of the year, and were a key wintering location for countless waterfowl migrating along the Pacific Flyway, one of four major migratory routes for North American birds.
In the Central Valley, about 95% of the original wetland habitats were lost as levees were built for flood control and lands were converted to urban and agricultural uses. The Yolo Basin is considered a prime location for wetlands restoration because of it potential to recover some of the historical habitat and reestablish important wintering grounds for waterfowl and migratory birds.
The public and private sectors are recognizing the value of wetlands and have begun to work cooperatively to rebuild and preserve them. The Davis Wetlands Project was envisioned, designed, and built by a dedicated team of volunteers and professionals. As the Davis Wetlands mature, residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy its benefits for years to come.