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New Habitat Restoration Project Highlights Federal-State-Local Partnership on the Lower American River

Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2019

FAIR OAKS—Federal, state and local agencies recently came together to celebrate a new project to protect salmon and steelhead in the lower American River. Over the next several weeks, restoration teams are carving out a new side channel at Sailor Bar in Fair Oaks and placing more than 14,000 cubic yards of gravel in the river to help fish spawn and rear their young.

Gathered along the river’s shoreline, with giant excavators and bulldozers working in the background, representatives from the Water Forum and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation discussed the partnership that is making the project possible.

“The heart of this project is the collaboration among local, state and federal agencies,” said Richard Welsh, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Reclamation’s Interior Region 10 California-Great Basin. Welsh noted the work of a Science Integration Team responsible for planning, managing and monitoring the project and its results. The team includes scientists from Reclamation, the Water Forum, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Other project partners include the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) and Sacramento County Parks, as well as the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities, which is lending their crews and heavy equipment to the work.

“We’re engaged with Reclamation through the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and our other partners in developing a Voluntary Agreement designed to provide flow and non-flow benefits to the Bay-Delta watershed,” said Tom Gohring, executive director of the Water Forum, which represents a diverse group of water providers such as the City of Sacramento, local environmentalist NGOs and local governments focused on safeguarding the lower American River for both drinking water and wildlife.

“This project demonstrates that we can construct habitat in a timely manner,” Gohring said. “Even more, these projects could be expanded through the Voluntary Agreement.”

This is the region’s ninth project restoring fish spawning gravel beds and improving juvenile fish rearing habitat on the lower American River. Since 2008, agencies have invested more than $7 million to create over 30 acres of spawning beds and 1.2 miles of side channels, which are prime rearing zones. In addition to Central Valley Project Improvement Act, much of this funding has come from partner grants.

To learn more about the Sacramento region’s habitat restoration work on the lower American River, visit the Habitat Management Page.

Celebrating a new habitat restoration project on the lower American River, pictured from left are Water Forum Executive Director Tom Gohring, Reclamation Fish Biologist John Hannon, Water Forum Scientist Lilly Allen and Reclamation Acting Deputy Regional Director for Interior Region 10 California-Great Basin Richard Welsh. Photo by Brionna Ruff, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Water Forum stakeholders and construction crews from the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities and the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Photo by Meredith Carty.

Change Order

Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

The following change order was issued on September 23: 

 

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

 

Date         Time    From (cfs)      To (cfs)  

9/27/19       0800      1,700            2,100  

Note:  Resuming previous flows 

Ordered by:  Peggy Manza

 

The following change order was issued on September 23:

 

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

 

Due to the in-stream gravel work, the AFO gage is not reading correctly.  Until the gravel work is complete and AFO is recalibrated, please operate to the NAT gage for releases to the American River.

 

Date         Time    From (cfs)      To (cfs)  

9/23/19       1000      continue operating to 2100 cfs as measured at NAT

9/25/19       0100      2,100            2,000

9/25/19       0200      2,000            1,900 

9/25/19       0300      1,900            1,800 

9/25/19       0400      1,800            1,700 

Note:  Facilitate in-stream spawning gravel enhancement work.

Ordered by:  Peggy Manza

Change Order

Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2019

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

 

Date         Time    From (cfs)      To (cfs)  

9/08/19       2100      3,000            2,800  

9/08/19       2200      2,800            2,600

9/08/19       2300      2,600            2,400 

9/09/19       0000      2,400            2,200 

9/09/19       0100      2,200            2,000 

9/09/19       0200      2,000            1,800

9/09/19       0300      1,800            1,600 

9/09/19       0400      1,600            1,400 

9/09/19       0500      1,400            1,200 

9/09/19       0600      1,200            1,000   

 

9/09/19  As soon as fish picket installation is completed and staff are out of the river, AND we are also notified that the anchor line installation at Watt Ave is complete, please increase releases as follows (times are approximate)

 

Date         Time    From (cfs)      To (cfs)  

9/09/19       1600      1,000            2,000  

9/09/19       1700      2,000            2,700

 

Maintain release at 2,700 cfs until further notice

Change Order

Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Please make the following release changes to the American River 

Date                   Time           From (cfs)        To (cfs)

9/06/2019           2100               3,500                3,400

9/06/2019           2200               3,400                3,300  

9/06/2019           2300               3,300                3,200

9/07/2019           0000               3,200                3,100  

9/07/2019           0100               3,100                3,000

Comment:  Storage conservation

Issued by: Peggy Manza

Change Order

Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

The following change order was issued this morning by Peggy Manza:

 

Please make the following release changes to the American River 

 

Date                   Time           From (cfs)        To (cfs)

6/24/2019           2100               5,650                5,400

6/24/2019           2200               5,400                5,150  

6/24/2019           2300               5,150                5,000

 

Comment:  Storage conservation

Issued by: Peggy Manza

Change Order

Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Please make the following release changes to the American River 

 

Date                   Time           From (cfs)        To (cfs)

6/21/2019           0100               6,400                6,150

6/21/2019           0200               6,150                5,900  

6/21/2019           0300               5,900                5,650

 

Comment:  Storage management

Issued by: Peggy Manza

Change Order

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The following change order was issued by Peggy Manza this afternoon:

 

Date                   Time           From (cfs)        To (cfs)

6/17/2019           2100               8,000                7,600

6/17/2019           2200               7,600                7,300  

6/18/2019           2100               7,300                7,000

6/18/2019           2200               7,000                6,700  

6/18/2019           2300               6,700                6,400    

 

Comment:  Storage management

Issued by: Peggy Manza