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.

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Fish Passage Improvement Project

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

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