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Water Forum Announces Erica Bishop as New Program Manager

Posted on Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

SACRAMENTO—The Water Forum is pleased to announce the selection of Erica Bishop as its new Program Manager.

Erica brings 19 years of experience in water and environmental resource management, policy

Erica Bishop

development and project implementation. Before coming to the Water Forum, she supported Federal, State, and local agencies as a planner and project manager on water supply, flood protection, groundwater conjunctive use​ and habitat restoration efforts, where her interdisciplinary background in watershed science helped to bridge the gap between experts, agencies and stakeholders working in California’s complex regulatory and resource environment.

“I can’t think of a better fit for the Water Forum’s habitat management program than Erica Bishop,” said Water Forum Executive Director Jessica Law, noting that Erica is transitioning to her new position after serving as a technical consultant for the Water Forum’s 2021 Habitat Restoration Project at Ancil Hoffman Park, as well as other planned projects in the Lower American River. “Erica’s expertise, professionalism and dedication will serve the Water Forum well.”

Erica’s experience includes working in all parts of our watersheds, from geomorphic assessments in headwater streams to foothill Wild and Scenic River studies, down to multi-benefit flood improvements in the Delta.

“I am beyond excited to join the Water Forum, as we look ahead to the next 20 years of collaborative stewardship of our region’s water supply and protecting the invaluable resources of the Lower American River,” Erica said.

Erica holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Oklahoma State University and a master’s in Water Resources from the University of Wyoming. She was also a member of the Water Education Foundation’s 2019 Water Leaders cohort and serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Sacramento Water Forum is a diverse group of business and agricultural leaders, citizen groups, environmentalists, water managers and local governments working together to balance two coequal objectives: to provide a reliable and safe water supply for the Sacramento region’s long-term growth and economic health; and to preserve the fishery, wildlife, recreational, and aesthetic values of the lower American River. Learn more at waterforum.org.

NEWS RELEASE: Public Invited to Learn About a New Salmon Habitat Restoration Project at Ancil Hoffman

Posted on Thursday, July 1st, 2021

SACRAMENT0—The public is invited to learn about a new project designed to restore crucial habitat for native salmon and steelhead trout in the river at Ancil Hoffman, near Effie Yeaw Nature Center, in Carmichael.

Fall-run Chinook salmon migrate to the Lower American River as adults to spawn from October through December. In the egg-laying process, females create a “nest” (called a redd) in loose gravel in flowing water, depositing their eggs and then covering them up with more gravel. Once hatched, young salmon move to the river’s shallow, slower moving side channels to find protection from predators and grow before swimming back out to the Pacific Ocean.

The Ancil Hoffman Habitat Restoration Project will recreate spawning and rearing areas by laying approximately 15,800 cubic yards of clean gravel into the flowing river and carving a new alcove in the existing gravel bar, parallel to the river.

The project is expected to begin in late-August and finish by late-October, before anadromous Chinook salmon return in high numbers from the Pacific Ocean to the Lower American River. Crews may be on site Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (noise starting at 7 a.m.) with in-river work occurring only on weekdays (and not on Labor Day).

Three open houses are scheduled for July to share information about the project:

  • VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, July 15, 2021, 6-7 p.m. (Please register here or via waterforum.org/AH)
  • HOSTED BY THE EFFIE YEAW NATURE CENTER: Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 6-8 p.m. (2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA 95608)
  • HOSTED BY ANCIL HOFFMAN GOLF COURSE: Monday, July 26, 2021, 6-8 p.m. (6700 Tarshes Drive, Carmichael, CA 95608)

More information, including a project Fact Sheet with Map and list of Frequently Asked Questions, is available at waterforum.org/AH.

The Sacramento Water Forum is a diverse group of business and agricultural leaders, citizen groups, environmentalists, water managers and local governments working together to balance two co-equal objectives: to provide a reliable and safe water supply for the Sacramento region’s long-term growth and economic health; and to preserve the fishery, wildlife, recreational, and aesthetic values of the lower American River. Learn more at waterforum.org.

Change Order

Posted on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021
The following change order for releases at Nimbus Dam was issued today:
 Date                 Time                  From (cfs)               To (cfs)

7/2/21                 0001                     1850                        1750

                             0100                      1750                        1650
                             0200                      1650                        1550
                             0300                      1550                        1450

0400                      1450                        1350

                             0500                      1350                        1300

Note: Conserve storage

Folsom Shutter Change

Posted on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

On Wednesday June 23, 2021, the middle shutter on Unit 1 will be raised.  This will put Unit 1 in Configuration 3.

 
Status after change:
 
Upper gates – all up
Middle Gates – Units 2 and 3 (Deganged): top panel up, lower panel down, Unit 1 up
Lower Gates – all down
 
 
Note: Elevation requirement

Change Order

Posted on Monday, June 7th, 2021
The following change order for releases at Nimbus Dam was issued today:
Date                 Time                  From (cfs)               To (cfs)
6/07/21              1400                     1750                      1850
Note: Delta Outflow

Change Order

Posted on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
Date                 Time                  From (cfs)               To (cfs)
6/04/21               0001                     1250                      1500
                              0200                     1500                      1750
 
Note:  Delta Outflow 

Change Order

Posted on Monday, May 17th, 2021
The following change order for releases at Nimbus Dam was issued today:
 
Date                 Time                  From (cfs)               To (cfs)
5/19/21               0001                     900                         1000
                            
Note:  D-1641 Salinity 

Change Order

Posted on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

The following change order for releases at Nimbus Dam was issued today:

 
   Date                 Time                  From (cfs)               To (cfs)
5/13/21               0001                     1000                       900
                           
Note:  Conserve Storage

Media Statement: Declaration Underscores Region’s Drought Concerns, Actions to Protect the Lower American River

Posted on Monday, May 10th, 2021

Sacramento, Calif.The following statement was released today by Jessica Law, Executive Director of the Water Forum, and Jim Peifer, Executive Director of the Regional Water Authority, in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Proclamation of a Drought State of Emergency, expanding the emergency to 41 counties, including those in the Sacramento region.

“Earlier in the year, we were cautiously optimistic that near-average snowpack levels in the upper watershed would provide a buffer for Folsom Reservoir. However, inflow levels are lower than expected and predicted. Folsom Reservoir storage levels are lower than historic drought conditions in 2014 and 2015, and this year’s near-average snowpack is evaporating or soaking into the soil rather than flowing into Folsom Reservoir.

“Water flowing from Folsom Reservoir feeds the Lower American River and supports recreation and supports fish species such as fall-run Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead trout that depend on both adequate flows and temperatures.

“While the Sacramento region is in a strong position to meet the water supply needs of people, the Drought Emergency Proclamation released today underscores how dry conditions are looking increasingly dire for the environment of the Lower American River.

“Applying the lessons learned during California’s most recent historic drought, the Sacramento Water Forum, which brings together water providers, environmental groups, and local government and business groups, and the Regional Water Authority, working with local water providers, have been coordinating with each other, as well as federal and state agencies, on the possibility of drought this year and what can be done to alleviate its effects.

“Actions include:

  • Working with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages Folsom Reservoir, and other state and federal partners, to preserve as much water as possible in the reservoir to support the health of the river and water supply reliability.

 

  • Shifting to using more groundwater: Over the past several decades local water providers have been working together to sustainably shift the region’s water use to surface water or groundwater according to conditions. This has allowed more groundwater to be available for dry times. We know this approach works as demonstrated during the most recent drought when the Sacramento region used more groundwater than typical to leave more in our waterways for fish and wildlife (see graph at right). In the wet years since the last drought, when there was surplus water beyond environmental needs, more surface water was used and the groundwater basin recovered. Since this is a dry year, we are planning to use more groundwater than normal in 2021.

 

  • Sharing water around the region: Since the last drought, water providers have invested in new pipelines, interties, pumps and groundwater wells to move water where it’s needed. This system builds on the existing ability to shift between surface and groundwater and is ready to assist the communities most directly impacted by lower levels at Folsom Reservoir.

 

  • Asking residents to be vigilant about stopping water waste: We ask residents to use water efficiently no matter the weather, and regional water use is already lower than it was in 2013, before the last major drought. Now, residents must be even more focused on efficiency and stopping water waste.

“In addition, the Sacramento Water Forum is increasing its monitoring of fish conditions in the Lower American River to help inform decisions by federal and state agencies, and is implementing its 10th habitat restoration project in the river near Ancil Hoffman Park in Carmichael to improve conditions for salmon and steelhead spawning and rearing.

“There is no doubt that many challenges lie ahead for the environment of the Lower American River this year. We appreciate the collaboration and partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to help ensure sufficient storage in Folsom and adequate flows in the Lower American River.

“Beyond this year, we’re working hard to prepare for the more frequent and intense cycles of drought projected to come with climate change.

“The region’s water providers have developed a comprehensive water resilience portfolio called WaterFuture, which encompasses our entire ‘supershed’ from the mountain tops of the American River watershed to the groundwater basin below the valley floor. You can learn more about this at rwah2o.org/WaterFuture.”

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is a joint powers authority representing 20 water providers serving 2 million people in the greater Sacramento region. Formed in 2001, its primary mission is to help its members protect and enhance the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources. Learn more at rwah2o.org.

The Sacramento Water Forum is a diverse group of business and agricultural leaders, citizen groups, environmentalists, water managers and local governments working together to balance two co-equal objectives: to provide a reliable and safe water supply for the Sacramento region’s long-term growth and economic health; and to preserve the fishery, wildlife, recreational, and aesthetic values of the lower American River. Learn more at waterforum.org.

Change Order

Posted on Friday, April 23rd, 2021
The following change order for releases at Nimbus Dam was issued today:
 
Date                 Time                  From (cfs)               To (cfs)
 
4/24/21               0001                     2000                        1900
                             0100                      1900                        1800
                             0200                      1800                        1700
                             0300                      1700                        1600
                             0400                      1600                        1500
 
4/25/21               0001                     1500                        1400
                             0100                      1400                        1300
                             0200                      1300                        1200
                             0300                      1200                        1100
                             0400                      1100                        1000
Note: Conserve storage