The Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office promotes native and self-sustaining ecosystems through leadership in restoration, research, and monitoring of fishes of the Central Valley, California, and supports personal development and professionalism through an environment of mentoring, collegiality, and collaboration. To achieve our objectives, we foster and value strong productive collaborations, internally and with other organizations, peers, stakeholders and the public. Our work is governed by honesty and integrity and incorporates excellence in science, creativity and flexibility.
The Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office's work toward recovery and conservation of species and their habitats includes:
- Funding habitat restoration and research projects focused on increasing anadromous fish populations through the Anadromous Fish Restoration Program;
- Conducting field studies to document the status of fish populations through the Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program and Enhanced Delta Smelt Monitoring Program;
- Providing statistical, modeling and synthesis work through the Lodi Science Support Program, including the Delta Smelt Life Cycle Model and juvenile salmonid survival studies;
- Evaluating and guiding the restoration of spring-run Chinook salmon through the San Joaquin River Restoration Program;
- Providing technical assistance and training for state and federal agencies and other partners; and
- Leading and supporting outreach and educational opportunities in our office and across the Central Valley.
What We Do
Our experts manage and conduct multiple fish monitoring programs requiring continuous work to adjust the programs' sampling designs, statistical models and data management, as well as scheduling and logistics for field crews.
Ongoing research at the Lodi office includes developing numerical models, analyzing historical trends and exploring how biotic and abiotic factors impact fishes. These investigations have resulted in publication of many peer-reviewed papers.
We provide technical assistance and training to members of the public, academic researchers, state and federal agencies and other partners. Our expertise informs Endangered Species Act consultations, supports implementation of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and helps guide water operations.
Our team is a dedicated community partner, committed to working with local organizations to improve environmental conditions, support natural resource-related events and connect with youths in fun, educational activities.
Projects and Research
The Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office contributes to a wide range of monitoring, restoration and research projects. Our Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program, for example, conducts monitoring of juvenile fishes, participates in multi-agency research activities and contributes to technical and management committees.
Through the multi-agency San Joaquin River Restoration Program, we work to restore naturally reproducing and self-sustaining fish populations to the San Joaquin River. We also support the Anadromous Fish Restoration Program's goal of at least doubling the natural production of anadromous fish in Central Valley streams, and our experts participate in large-scale, multi-agency, juvenile salmonid survival studies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Lodi statisticians and biologists also have worked with colleagues in the San-Francisco Bay-Delta Fish and Wildlife Office to create a Delta Smelt Life-Cycle Model and a Delta Smelt Individual-Based Model, which assess and predict the effects of water resource-management actions on the Delta smelt population.
Our team synthesizes research and monitoring data to produce high-quality scientific presentations given at local, regional and national scientific conferences. Our findings are also shared through reports, scientific papers, newsletters and blog posts.
Click the button below to find monitoring data and other reports and documents to assist your plant and wildlife conservation efforts
The Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office is a dedicated community partner, committed to working with local organizations to improve environmental conditions, support natural resource-related events and connect with youths through fun and educational activities.
We enjoy hosting and contributing to science festivals, fish festivals, environmental clean-ups and other events. In addition to boats and fish-monitoring technology, our exhibits include hands-on displays and interactive activities that teach about fish life stages and habitats.
We also connect with students through career days, classroom instruction, summer camps and field activities like fish sampling and identification. We provide students a positive experience to spark interest in opportunities to work in natural resources. Learn more on our Outreach and Education page.
Each year, we also welcome interns to the Lodi office to gain experience, and we work with members of the California Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps to provide valuable work experience and foster collaboration through the Watershed Stewards Program.