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Folsom Temperature Shutter Change

Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

ARG,

This is to document that Unit 1 was put in configuration 4 at approx 10 am on Wednesday, September 11, 2018.

Configuration after changes:

 

Upper shutters – Units 1, 2, and 3 up

Middle shutters –  Unit 1 and 2 up, Unit 3 down

Lower shutters – Unit 1 up, Units 2 and 3 down

 

Comment: Temperature management in the Lower American River

 

Ordered by:  Peggy Manza

Changer Order

Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

The following change order was issued by Peggy Manza on 9/4/18:

 

Date         Time    From (cfs)      To (cfs)

9/06/18       2200      1,800            1,700

9/06/18       2300      1,700            1,600

9/07/18       0000      1,600            1,500

9/07/18       0100      1,500            1,400

9/07/18       0200      1,400            1,300

9/07/18       0300      1,300            1,200

9/07/18       0400      1,200            1,100

9/07/18       0500      1,100            1,000

 

9/07/18  As soon as fish picket installation is completed and staff are out of the river, please increase releases back to 1,800 cfs.  Maintain release at 1,800 cfs until further notice

Comment:  fish picket installation for fall weir operations

 

Folsom Temperature Shutter Change

Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

This is to document that Unit 2 was put in configuration 3 at approx 10 am on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

Configuration after changes:

 

Upper shutters – Units 1, 2, and 3 up

Middle shutters –  Unit 1 and 2 up, Unit 3 down

Lower shutters – all down

 

Comment: Temperature management in the Lower American River

Ordered by:  Peggy Manza

Change Order

Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2018

Please make the following release changes to the American River at Nimbus:

Date         Time    From (cfs)      To (cfs)

8/28/18       2100      2,200            2,100

8/28/18       2200      2,100            2,000

8/28/18       2300      2,000            1,900

 

8/29/18       2100      1,900            1,800

 

Comment:  Reduced delta needs

Issued by: Peggy Manza

Change Order

Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018

Temperature Shutter Change

The following Folsom Dam Temperature Shutter Change Order was issued by Peggy Manza on 8/17/18:

  • Please put Unit 1 in configuration 3 at approx 7:30 am on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Configuration after changes:

 

Upper shutters – Units 1, 2, and 3 up

Middle shutters –  Unit 1 up, Units 2 and 3 down

Lower shutters – all down

 

Comment: Temperature management in the Lower American River

Ordered by:  Peggy Manza

 

Flow Change

The following change order was issued by Peggy Manza on 8/17/18:

Please make the following release changes to the American River at Nimbus:

Date         Time    From (cfs)      To (cfs)

8/21/18       2100      3,100            3,000

8/21/18       2200      3,000            2,900

8/21/18       2300      2,900            2,800

 

8/22/18       2100      2,800            2,700

8/22/18       2200      2,700            2,600

8/22/18       2300      2,600            2,500

 

8/23/18       2100      2,500            2,400

8/23/18       2200      2,400            2,300

8/23/18       2300      2,300            2,200

 

Comment:  Reduced delta needs

Change Order

Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2018

Please make the following release changes to the American River at Nimbus:

Date         Time    From (cfs)      To (cfs)

8/14/18       2100      4,000            3,900

8/14/18       2200      3,900            3,800

8/14/18       2300      3,800            3,700

 

8/15/18       2100      3,700            3,600

8/15/18       2200      3,600            3,500

8/15/18       2300      3,500            3,400

 

8/16/18       2100      3,400            3,300

8/16/18       2200      3,300            3,200

8/16/18       2300      3,200            3,100

 

Comment:  Reduced delta needs

Issued by: Peggy Manza

Folsom Temperature Shutter Change

Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

ARG,

The following Folsom Dam Temperature Shutter Change Order was issued by Peggy Manza on 8/9/18:

Project: Folsom Dam

Please put Unit 3 in configuration 2 at approx 7:30 am on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

Configuration after changes:

Upper shutters – Units 1, 2, and 3 up

Middle shutters – all down

Lower shutters – all down

Comment: Temperature management in the Lower American River

Ordered by:  Peggy Manza

Change Order

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

The following change order was issued by Peggy Manza on 8/7/18:

Please make the following release changes to the American River at Nimbus:

Date         Time    From (cfs)      To (cfs)

8/09/18       2100      4,500            4,400

8/09/18       2200      4,400            4,300

8/09/18       2300      4,300            4,200

8/10/18       0000      4,200            4,100

8/10/18       0100      4,100            4,000

Comment:  Reduced delta needs

New residents at Cordova Creek

Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

New Residents at Cordova Creek

Overview of Cordova Creek in July 2018

If you have recently strolled through Cordova Creek, you may (or maybe not) have noticed new additions to the creek – beaver dams! On the one hand, this is an exciting indicator of the successful naturalization of the area, as native species continue to utilize the site and make it their home! Though beavers provide numerous ecological benefits –like increasing biodiversity, preventing downstream flooding, and minimizing pollutants – they can also simultaneously cause problems in urban environments, commonly referred to as human-wildlife conflict.

Our CivicSpark Fellow Cassie has worked diligently to find a solution to balance the needs of the beaver with the successful establishment of the creek.

Left: Beaver dam creating a pond ecosystem Right: The pond leveler installed and managing pond dimensions

As the ubiquitous population of North American beavers (Castor canadensis) has steadily recovered from historic depletion, it has become increasingly apparent that these aquatic mammals can fundamentally modify existing hydrologic regimes. Due to this ability to change their environment, beavers have earned the status and nickname of ecosystem engineers. In natural environments, their engineering abilities can be incredibly beneficial.

However, the initial dam on Cordova Creek had detrimental impacts on the newly naturalized site. The beaver dam caused nearby banks to submerge, which in turn caused the drowning of young plants and it began to overflow across the trail. Additionally, the beaver removed cottonwood trees, young willows, and many yards of irrigation which cascaded into many more plant problems.

Though the damage caused by the beaver was not easy to ignore, we recognized that it would be unreasonable to get mad at a beaver for simply doing what beavers do. Thus, we brainstormed ways to live peacefully with the beaver, while continuing to maintain the site in its early years of establishment. Through the help of Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District, a pond leveler was installed on the creek. The pond leveler is a pipe that goes through the dam to allow a certain amount of water to pass through the dam whilst maintaining a pond environment for the beaver.

Additionally, through the help of Soil Born Farms, their summer high school interns spent a morning on Cordova Creek assisting in wrapping vulnerable cottonwood trees with fencing to protect the trees from beaver herbivory. Cottonwood trees have slower growth rates compared to willows which will naturally recover faster from beaver herbivory. Now that the cottonwoods will have a chance to grow, they will be able to provide some shade to the many walkers, runners, and cyclists enjoying the trail.

Left: Student interns prepare to wrap a cottonwood tree Right: Student interns pose and smile after wrapping 15 cottonwood trees

As Cordova Creek continues to establish itself, we look forward to welcoming new wildlife residents to the neighborhood and finding innovative ways to resolve any more human-wildlife conflicts that may arise.