Sutter County Fifth District Supervisor Mat Conant arranged a tour by kayak of some of the preserved areas in the Natomas Basin that fall under the Natomas Basin Conservancy Plan (NBHCP) on Wednesday.
The Natomas Basin Conservancy Plan (NBHCP) applies to the 53,341-acre interior of the Natomas Basin, located in the northern portion of Sacramento County and the southern portion of Sutter County. The Basin contains incorporated and unincorporated areas within the jurisdiction of the City of Sacramento, Sacramento County and Sutter County.
The purpose of the NBHCP is to promote biological conservation along with economic development and the continuation of agriculture within the Natomas Basin. The NBHCP establishes a multi-species conservation program to mitigate the expected loss of habitat values and incidental take of protected species that would result from urban development, operation of irrigation and drainage systems, and rice farming.
The goal of the NBHCP is to preserve, restore, and enhance habitat values found in the Natomas Basin while allowing urban development to proceed according to local land use plans. For more information, you can read about the history and the full scope of the NBHCP at this website: http://www.natomasbasin.org/
Their Facebook page has a ton of wonderful photographs: https://www.facebook.com/TheNatomasBasinConservancy/