Conceptual rendering showing the Estuarine Research Station (center), Fish Technology Center (right), and marina (back right).

Horizon provided planning and environmental services for the Delta Research Station (DRS), a proposed science and research center that supports adaptive management of the Delta and conservation of Delta ecosystems. The DRS consolidates a number of existing and new activities into one location and brings together State and federal agency staff woring on similar Bay-Delta issues. Development of the DRS was led by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Horizon served as prime contractor for a team of engineers, architects, and scientists to develop conceptual designs for the DRS, which included a new marina. Horizon developed a joint EIR/EIS and project website, conducted baseline biological and cultural resources studies, and prepared Biological Assessments compliant with ESA Section 7. Horizon also assisted DWR and USFWS with identifying the former Rio Vista Army Reserve Center in Rio Vista as the preferred location for the DRS. This site has a rich history including buildings that represent a potential historic district. Horizon worked closely with the project team to develop alternatives that preserve the site’s historical character while allowing for redevelopment of currently vacant areas.

Delta Research Station: Site Planning, EIR / EIS, and Technical Studies

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