Fish Passage Improvement Project

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Presentation given by Mark Atlas at the Session: "Water, Energy and Climate Change" at the Great Valley Center's Sacramento Valley Forum on October 28, 2009 in Chico, CA.

Presentation given by Mark Atlas at the Session: "Water, Energy and Climate Change" at the Great Valley Center's Sacramento Valley Forum on October 28, 2009 in Chico, CA.

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  • 1.
  • 2. TCCA: Life in the Crosshairs
    Managing water resources under the Endangered Species Act
  • 3. Background
  • 4. 17 water districts
    Irrigation to 150,000 acres
    Annual production $250M
    almonds
    pistachios
    prunes
    olives
    grapes
    annual crops
    Who is the TCCA?
  • 5.
  • 6.
  • 7. RBDD Facilities
  • 8. Conflict
    Changing Operations
    Declining Populations
  • 9. The Problem
    RBDD impedes passage for ESA species
    Spring-run salmon
    Winter-run salmon
    Steelhead trout
    Green sturgeon
    ESA concerns have reduced “gates-in” operation
    To spawning areas
    To ocean
  • 10. Gate Operations
  • 11. Gate Operation vs. Ag Demand
    Gates-in period is shorter than agricultural demand period.
  • 12. Interim Pumping Plant
    2009 NMFS BO significantly reduced gate operations to June 15 to August 31
    The Interim Pumping Plant was constructed to compensate for the lost diversion ability
    Series of 10 cone screens (to protect juvenile fish) and pumps
    Design capacity of 500 cfs
    Cost: $8.1 million
  • 13.
  • 14.
  • 15.
  • 16. Effect of the Dam on Adults
    Flow below the gates delays migration
    Lake Red Bluff
    Left
    Bank
    Ladder
    Right
    Bank
    Ladder
    Canal
    Center Ladder
    Gates
    Turbulence
    Turbulence
    Downstream to ocean
  • 17.
  • 18.
  • 19. Effect of the Dam on Juveniles
    Dam provides “feeding station” for predators to feed on downstream migrating fish.
    Emigration
    downstream
    GATE
  • 20. Solution
  • 21. Red Bluff Pumping Plant
    Fish Screen
    Forebay
    Pumping Plant
    RBDD
    Siphon
    Bridge
    W012002009RDD_01
  • 22. RPBB Visual Simulation
  • 23. RBPP Visual Simulation
  • 24. Project Supporters
    NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
    US Fish and Wildlife Service
    CA Department of Fish and Game
    CA Department of Water Resources
    Senator Dianne Feinstein
    Senator Barbara Boxer
    Congressman Wally Herger
    Congressman Mike Thompson
    Congressman Dan Lungren
    Congressman George Miller
    Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations
    Natural Resources Defense Council
    California Trout
    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
    State Water Contractors
    Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, Yolo County Farm Bureaus
    Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, Yolo County Boards of Supervisors.
  • 25. Schedule
  • 26. Summary
    Accepted RBDD was an ESA Problem
    Developed solution
    Multi-agency involvement
    Additional ESA Listing (GS) (more risk)
    Lawsuit (more interests – less control)
    2009 NMFS BO enforces solution by date certain
    Now in a sprint to the finish
  • 27. Red Bluff Diversion Dam1966 to 2012
    Questions?
  • 28. Contact Information
    J. MARK ATLASATTORNEY AT LAW
    332 West Sycamore StreetWillows, CA 95988Phone: 530.934.5416Fax: 530.934.3508
    jma@jmatlaslaw.com
    OF COUNSELMCDONOUGH HOLLAND & ALLEN PC500 Capitol Mall, 18th FloorSacramento, CA 95814Phone: 916.325.5825Fax: 916.444.8334matlas@mhalaw.com
    Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority
    http://tccanal.com/