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DWR and Reclamation Announce a Public Workshop for the Yolo Bypass Salmon Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) are holding a public workshop to share information, answer questions, and get input from interested stakeholders on draft alternatives for the Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project.

The proposed project is being carried out to meet requirements in the 2009 National Marine Fisheries Service’s Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. The Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project will improve fish passage within the Yolo Bypass and between the Yolo Bypass and the Sacramento River. The primary structure will improve fish passage over a wide range of high flow conditions in the Sacramento River. The Project will also enhance up to 17,000 acres of floodplain rearing habitat for juvenile salmonids (salmon and steelhead). The project will consist of gated channels in the Fremont Weir, at the northern end of the Bypass. These changes will improve the connection between the Sacramento River and the floodplain from November through March 15, when the targeted juvenile fish are in the river. The increased flow will help young salmonids access the Bypass and will enhance natural flooding, which now occurs to some extent in the Bypass in about 70% of years. An increased volume of water entering the Bypass will result in a greater floodplain area. Longer flooding will allow salmonids to feed in a food-rich floodplain for a longer time where they can rapidly grow to a large size, thus improving their survival to the ocean. The increased flows will be managed to avoid or minimize effects on farmers’ spring planting time.
For more information, check out the project here