News Worth Noting: Sacto River Temperature Management Workshop March 18; Folsom Reservoir releases increased for flood control; $58 Million to CA/NV to support conservation, recreation, job creation; Shasta County fish hatchery reopens
Sacramento River Temperature Management Workshop scheduled for March 18
From the State Water Resources Control Board:
“Notice is hereby given that the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board or Board) will hold a public workshop at the time and location noted above (March 18, 9:00am) to receive public input regarding Sacramento River temperature management issues, including the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) 2016 Sacramento River Temperature Management Plan (TMP).1 The TMP will describe proposed operations of the Central Valley Project (CVP) to manage temperatures on the Sacramento River for the protection of winter-run Chinook salmon this year. This workshop is being held pursuant to condition 3 of State Water Board Order WR 2015-0043. This will be an informal workshop only and no formal State Water Board action will be taken.
The workshop will begin with a brief introductory presentation by State Water Board staff providing background and context for Sacramento River temperature management issues. Following the State Water Board staff introductory presentation, Reclamation will provide a presentation on compliance with the Order WR 2015-0043 Sacramento River temperature management requirements, including development of a 2016 TMP and associated temperature modeling information. Staff from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Department of Fish and Wildlife, and possibly the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (fisheries agencies) will then provide a presentation on fish and wildlife issues associated with Sacramento River temperature issues. NMFS will also provide a presentation on its new Sacramento River salmon survival model. … ”
Reclamation to Increase Folsom Reservoir Releases for Flood Control
From the Bureau of Reclamation:
The Bureau of Reclamation plans to increase releases below Nimbus Dam into the lower American River from 8,000 cubic feet per second to around 15,000 cfs to create space in Folsom Reservoir for increased Sierra runoff. Should inflows into the reservoir continue at current levels or increase, additional releases may be required.
The releases will be increased starting Tuesday, March 8, at 7 a.m. Incremental increases will continue hourly through 11 a.m., when outflows are expected to reach 15,000 cfs. Reservoir releases will be made from the main spill gates located at the top of the dam in order to preserve cold water storage for fish later in the year.
People recreating in or along the lower American River downstream of Folsom Dam to the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers can expect river levels to increase and should take appropriate safety precautions.
Located 26 miles northeast of Sacramento, Folsom Reservoir provides water for people, fish and wildlife, hydropower, the environment, and salinity-control requirements in the Bay-Delta.
California and Nevada to Receive Over $58 Million to Support Conservation, Outdoor Recreation and Job Creation
From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
California and Nevada will receive over $58 million of more than $1 billion to be distributed to States this year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support state environmental conservation and recreation projects throughout the nation. Just under $41 million will go to California and $17.5 to Nevada. The funding is derived from excise taxes paid by the hunting, boating and angling industries on firearms, bows and ammunition (Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act), and sportfishing tackle, some boat engines and small engine fuel (Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act).
“State wildlife agencies play an essential role in the conservation of America’s wildlife, while also generating billions of dollars for the nation’s economy through increased hunting and fishing opportunities. It’s fitting that those very sporting activities help sustain wildlife, their habitats and the agencies that manage them,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “Our role in administering these funds reflects our long-standing partnership with the states across a broad spectrum of wildlife conservation issues.”
The funding was announced by Bob Curry, Deputy Assistant Director of the Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program, at the 2016 Bassmaster Classic; at the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, in Oklahoma, a site that has benefited from Dingell-Johnson funds.
Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Act funds are administered by the Service’s WSFR program. To date the program has distributed more than $18 billion for state conservation and recreation projects. The recipient state fish and wildlife agencies have matched these funds with more than $5 billion over the years, primarily through hunting and fishing license revenues.
In the Service’s last federal survey of hunting, fishing and wildlife-associated recreation in 2011, California residents spent more than $8.3 billion on hunting, fishing and observing wildlife in California. Nevadans spent approximately $1.2 billion on these activities. Survey results for California, Nevada and other states are available from the 2011 National Survey of Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife.
“We are proud to support our state wildlife conservation agencies,” said Hannibal Bolton, Assistant Director of the Service’s WSFR program. “Funding from the Pittman Robertson-Dingell-Johnson program will help states protect and conserve our nation’s environmental legacy for generations to come.”
Current Pittman-Robertson Dingell-Johnson funded projects in California and Nevada include:
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will use funds to continue three multi-year elk and antelope monitoring projects throughout California using various aerial, ground, DNA and tooth age analysis methods. They will also be starting a new multi-year project to study pronghorn antelope in the Carrizo Plain region using GPS/satellite collars. Data and analysis from these projects help CDFW determine appropriate recommendations each year for hunting regulations.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will continue to use funds for maintenance and management of their 11 wildlife management areas throughout Nevada. Funds are also expected to be used to help purchase water rights for Overton WMA, plus enhance various county shooting ranges and continue to support their Hunter Education program.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will continue to fund activities to improve population numbers of federally threatened salmonid and warm water sport fish for the benefit of anglers by maintaining, improving, restoring and enhancing spawning and rearing habitat for the targeted species. Activities include maintaining migration passage structures at 22 sites in streams supporting adult and juvenile steelhead and improving habitat in 4 reservoirs in central California by providing spawning habitat and brush cover for adult and juvenile catfish species.
Click here for the state-by-state listing of the Service’s final apportionment of Wildlife Restoration Funds and Sport Fish Restoration funds for Fiscal Year 2016.
The Crystal Lake Hatchery in eastern Shasta County reopened to the public Thursday after being closed due to a major environmental restoration in nearby Rock Creek.
Beginning in October 2015, construction work prompted the closure of the viewing area at the hatchery and the temporary cancellation of tours to ensure the safety of both the public and the workers. The hatchery continued to raise and plant trout during the construction. Although the construction project is ongoing, the facility is now free of any equipment and personnel that would prohibit the public from safely visiting.
The Rock Creek restoration project consists of re-routing the hatchery supply pipeline and moving a diversion dam on Upper Rock Creek to a new location downstream. The project will create habitat for the endangered Shasta crayfish while maintaining a continuous, clean water supply to the hatchery.
Crystal Lake Hatchery spawns, raises and releases catchable rainbow trout, brook trout and brown trout every year for planting in northern California lakes. It is one of 23 state-run hatcheries that provide millions of fish for California anglers. Visitors may call the hatchery at (530) 335-4111 for more information.
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