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Change Order

Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Date: Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 9:23 AM
Subject: Nimbus Dam – Change Order

Project: Nimbus Dam

Please make the following release change to the American River.


Date                  Time        From (cfs)    To (cfs)

12/01/2017     0700        2,000              2,500
12/01/2017     0800        2,500              3,000
12/01/2017     0900        3,000              3,500


Comment: Storage Management

Issued by: J. Sandberg

Change Order – CORRECTION

Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Date: Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 9:10 AM
Subject: Nimbus Dam – Change Order – CORRECTION
Please note date correction in RED

Project: Nimbus Dam:

Please make the following release changes at Nimbus Dam:


07/02/2017      2100            4,000              3,900

07/02/2017      2200            3,900              3,800

07/02/2017      2300            3,800              3,700

07/03/2017      0000            3,700              3,600

07/03/2017      0100            3,600              3,500

Comment:  Storage Management

Issued by:  P. Manza

Design Has Started at El Manto

Posted on Monday, June 12th, 2017






This year our restoration project is located at El Manto, just a short jog down from the 2016 site, Sacramento Bar. Late May, cbec started the pre-project survey and we hope to have a preliminary design for our project team to review next month.

Looking downstream to the project


The design will include a side channel carved in the southern bank for rearing habitat, with the excavated materials placed into the river for spawning habitat (to the left). Due to the wet year, we hope to be in the river during September when the flows will be down to 3,500. We also plan on jumping downstream of San Juan Rapids (picture to the right) to fix a stranding problem from a backwater area.

Downstream of El Manto and San Juan Rapids (off to the left). This backwater presents stranding issues, and we are planning on doing some light grading to fix that.

El Manto and San Juan Rapids at 35,000 cfs

During the high flows this winter, we were able to get this aerial of the inundated at 35,000cfs.

When designing a project, we aim to understand all aspects and possible consequences. We use many methods of data collection to get a handle on optimum design for fish and to model flood control. Mary Maret, from Sacramento County Parks, joined us to identify rare populations of native plants for so we could try to avoid them during design. cbec conducts a series of surveys and other data collection techniques in order to build a robust and accurate model of the existing condition. As with each of these projects, we aim to make only positive changes in the landscape.

cbec has installed stage monitors to validate their model by collecting depth information over time for different flows. To the left is Ben Taber collecting bathymetric RTK GPS elevation data. They also collected foot and drone based topographic data. A 2D hydraulic model will be developed and used to design the best habitat suitability (depth and flow)

Keep an eye out in September for this exciting project!

Foothill penstemon. Penstemon heterophyllus

Change Order

Posted on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Date: Tue, May 23, 2017 at 10:02 AM
Subject: Nimbus Dam – Change Order

Please make the following release changes at Nimbus Dam:

Date               Time         From (cfs)      To (cfs)

05/24/2017      2000            9,500             9,100

05/24/2017      2100            9,100             8,700

05/24/2017      2200            8,700             8,300


05/25/2017      2000            8,300             8,000

05/25/2017      2100            8,000             7,650

05/25/2017      2200            7,650             7,300


05/26/2017       2000            7,300             7,000

05/26/2017       2100            7,000             6,700

05/26/2017       2200            6,700             6,400

Comment:  Reduce flows for Memorial Day weekend

Issued by:  P. Manza

American River Group Temperature Plan & Handouts

Posted on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017



Reclamation aims to fill the reservoir by late June, with a possible lowering to 5,000 – 6,000 cfs for Memorial Day weekend for boater & rafter safety.

Initial iCPMM modeling suggests that ATSP schedule 23 (64 degrees with one-degree buffer at Watt Avenue) can be achieved. This is based on all upper shutters being lowered. Currently only the lower and middle shutters are lowered units 1 and 2 (unit 3 is our for maintenance). The upper shutters are not in place because of a large amount of debris. This will impact the cold water pool if not resolved. Divers may be able to clear the debris, but that is not known.

May – Sep Storage & Flow Projection


Click here for full ARG Handouts.

Mulch Mayhem!

Posted on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Get ready for MULCH MAYHEM!

Free water-conserving mulch will be available to local residents during Mulch Mayhem events throughout the Sacramento region on Saturdays May 6 and 20. These free events are designed to help local residents get their landscapes and yards ready for the hot days of summer. Mulch slows evaporation, moderates soil temperature and even controls weeds. As it breaks down, mulch also adds helpful nutrients to the soil.
“Mulch might be one of the most under-appreciated water conservation tools at our disposal,” said Amy Talbot, Regional Water Authority Water Efficiency Program Manager. “Mulch is like icing on a cake because it keeps the soil moist the way icing keeps a cake moist.” Water managers estimate that residents can save 30 gallons of water for every 1,000 square feet just by adding two to three inches of organic mulch (e.g., leaves and wood chips) around trees and plants.
Sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and local water providers, Mulch Mayhem will take place at the following locations, days and times (until supplies last):

Saturday, May 6

Antelope Gardens | 9 am – 12 pm
7800 Antelope North Rd. in Antelope
Hosted by Sacramento Suburban Water District

Carmichael Water District | 9 am – 12 pm
7837 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Carmichael
Hosted by Carmichael Water District

Sierra College, Overflow Lot | 8 am – 12 pm
Corner of Rocklin Rd. and El Don Dr. (opposite the campus)
Hosted by Placer County Water Agency
and the City of Lincoln

Saturday, May 20

Click for enlarged flyer

Placer County Fair Grounds, Lot B | 9 am – 12 pm
800 All American City Blvd. in Roseville
Hosted by the City of Roseville

Sacramento Marina | 8 am – 12 pm
2 Broadway in Sacramento
Hosted by the City of Sacramento

San Juan Water District | 9 am – 12 pm
9935 Auburn Folsom Rd. in Granite Bay
Hosted by the San Juan Water District

Free mulch is limited to one yard per customer (enough to fill a pickup truck), must be for personal use only (not for resale or commercial use) and will be offered on a first come, first-served basis until supplies are gone. Customers are encouraged to bring their own shovels, containers, tarps or other items to cover the mulch and must provide their own way to haul it away.

Visit for more information.