Water Restoration in California

To support Intel’s commitment to achieve net positive water use, we have funded three water restoration projects benefiting California. Once fully implemented, these projects will restore an estimated 332 million gallons each year. This page provides a summary of Intel-funded projects to support California’s water resources. 

King Fire Restoration Project

Location: American River Watershed, California

Implementation Partner: American Forests

Estimated Restoration Benefit1: 145 million gallons/year (MGY)

Project Status: Initiated in 2019

Project Description: In fall of 2014, the King Fire burned over 97,000 acres in El Dorado and Placer Counties in California—30,000 acres of which were within the El Dorado National Forest. A significant portion of the burned area is located within the American River watershed, which supplies water to Sacramento County and other districts. This project will continue American Forests’ reforestation work to restore natural forest conditions that improve resilience against fire, pests, and other stressors, and will include planting up to 1,000 acres.

Expanded Bird Returns and Groundwater Recharge

Location: Colusa County, Central Valley, California

Implementation Partner: The Nature Conservancy

Estimated Restoration Benefit: 38 MGY

Project Status: Initiated in 2019; began restoring water in 2019

Project Description: The Central Valley wetlands once provided critical habitat for migratory birds traveling the Pacific Flyway, but have been drained by more than 95% for development and agriculture, causing significant decline in bird populations. The Nature Conservancy is expanding upon their successful Dynamic Conservation “Bird Returns” project that creates seasonal migratory shorebird habitats, selecting sites with good groundwater recharge potential to support Northern California communities’ recharge targets under the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Bird Returns Wetland Habitat Creation

Location: Central Valley, California

Implementation Partner: The Nature Conservancy

Estimated Restoration Benefit: 38 MGY

Project Status: Initiated in 2017; began restoring water in 2018

Project Description: The Central Valley wetlands once provided critical habitat for migratory birds traveling the Pacific Flyway, but have been drained by more than 95% for development and agriculture causing significant decline in bird populations. The Nature Conservancy is working with farmers to ensure that agricultural fields are managed to provide critical migratory bird habitat and groundwater replenishment, as well as food production.

Intel in California

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1The restoration benefit represents an estimation based on the expected outcome of each project. After each project is completed, the restoration benefit will be reviewed and updated as needed.