Coho release into Dry Creek Habitat Restoration Sites

     

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    2013-11-21

    For Immediate Release
    November 21st 2013

    Ann DuBay
    Community & Governmental Affairs Manager
    Office: (707) 524-8378
    Mobile: (707) 322-8185
    Email: ann.dubay@scwa.ca.gov

     

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

    Contact: J.D., Hardesty, Chief Public Affairs

    (415) 503-6801, john.d.hardesty@usace.army.mil

     

    GEYSERVILLE, Ca. –  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Sonoma County Water Agency will be releasing 2,000 juvenile Coho salmon into the new Dry Creek fish habitat restoration and enhancement areas downstream from Warm Springs Dam, Friday, November 22 at 11 a.m. (across from Sbragia Vineyards) near Lake Sonoma.

     

    WHAT:                  First Release of Coho Salmon into the Dry Creek Habitat Restoration Sites

    WHEN:                  Friday, November 22; 11 a.m.

    WHERE:                USACE Dry Creek Restoration site (Across from Sbragia Vineyards)

    Sonoma County Water Agency site at Dry Creek Vineyard/Amista Habitat Enhancement site (off Lambert Bridge Road near Lambert Bridge)

    CLOTHING: Casual (recommend wearing hiking footwear or rubber boots for wading boots)

    Media are invited to walk-and-talk with release participants during the event.

    Other partners who will join in the endangered Coho salmon fish release include National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Dry Creek Rancheria Band of the Pomo, Construction Services Group, landowners and other stakeholders who are collaborating on a project that will total six miles of enhancement for native fish habitat along Dry Creek in response to the Russian River Biological Opinion. 

    “We are excited to continue efforts to save the endangered Coho salmon with this fish release into the newly built fish habitat area,” said San Francisco District Commander Lt. Col. John K. Baker.  “All of our partners and stakeholders, federal and state agencies, businesses and landowners have collaborated with a precedent-setting focus on bringing the Coho back to the watershed.”

    The San Francisco District completed “Reach 15” section of the Dry Creek Restoration Project at Lake Sonoma in August. This 1,600-foot, $1.8 million portion of the 6-mile restoration project is downstream from the Warm Springs Dam outlet works.  The Water Agency completed a separate project this summer near Lambert Bridge that includes a large backwater pool and nearly 600 logs, root wads and other large woody material.

    “Releasing young Coho salmon into the new habitat enhancements constructed by the Water Agency is a big milestone,” said Sonoma County Supervisor and Water Agency Director Mike McGuire. “It’s a testament to the cooperation and commitment of private landowners who have partnered with us on this project; this would not have been a success without them.”

    The district's Russian River Coho Salmon Brood Stock program located behind the Don Clausen Fish Hatchery continues to successfully raise and release the last viable endangered and threatened Coho and Steelhead into the Russian River watershed.

    The Russian River watershed was selected as the first Habitat Focus Area under NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint as the organization’s habitat conservation science and management efforts work to meet multiple conservation objectives on a watershed scale.

    In total, the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project will enhance six miles of Dry Creek to provide low-flow refuge for young salmon to rest and feed. 

    The majority of land on Dry Creek is privately-owned, so cooperation with landowners is essential to meet the required six miles of habitat enhancement.  The two projects completed this summer at Reach 15 project and at Dry Creek Vineyards and Amista Winery, as well as a winter-refuge project completed in 2012 at Quivira Vineyards and Winery, will be used to study how the enhancements work on a small scale, prior to construction of the complete six-mile enhancement required in National Marine Fisheries Service’s Russian River Biological Opinion.

    For more information on the Dry Creek Restoration Project or the Russian River Coho Salmon Brood Stock program please visit http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/ or call (415) 503-6804.

    For more information on the Dry Creek Restoration Project or the Sonoma County Water Agency please visit http://www.scwa.ca.gov/drycreek/ or call (707) 547-1927.

     

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