Groundbreaking for $1.8 Million Fish Habitat Enhancement of Dry Creek

     

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    2012-10-16

    For Immediate Release
    October 16th 2012

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

    (Geyserville, Sonoma County, CA.)  At 9 a.m. on October 17, Lieutenant Colonel John K. Baker, Commander of the San Francisco District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other key federal, tribal, state and local officials will break ground on a $1.8 million fish habitat enhancement project.  The Corps' habitat enhancement site is part of a six-mile project that will provide refuge and rearing for Coho Salmon and Steelhead in Dry Creek, helping restore these endangered and threatened species in the Russian River watershed.

    MEDIA EVENT DETAILS

    Date/Time:     Wednesday, October 17

    8:30 a.m. – Reception and poster viewing at the construction site off Dry Creek Road

    9:00 a.m. – Program featuring:

    • Lieutenant Colonel John K. Baker, Commander, San Francisco District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • Mike McGuire, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors & Director, Sonoma County Water Agency
    • Eric Larson, Environmental Program Manager, Bay Delta Region, California Department of Fish & Game
    • Dick Butler, Supervisor, National Marine Fisheries Service, Protected Resources Division's North-Central Coast Office
    • Harvey Hopkins, Chairman, Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians
    • Shelli Moreda, President, Contractor Services Group

    Location: Reception & Parking – Project Site off Dry Creek Road, (across the street from Sbragia Winery, 9990 Dry Creek Road) Geyserville, CA 95441

    Dry Creek Fish Habitat Enhancement Project

    On October 17, 2012, construction will begin on the Corps of Engineers share of six miles of habitat enhancement projects in the Dry Creek Valley. The purpose of the project is to provide habitat for endangered Coho Salmon and threatened Steelhead.  The Corps of Engineers is closely partnering with the Sonoma County Water Agency, which is constructing a parallel one-mile demonstration project on several private properties near Lambert Bridge Road, in the middle reach of Dry Creek.

     “We are excited to be starting construction on a project that should provide immediate help to the Coho and Steelhead raised at the Don Clausen Fish Hatchery at the Warm Springs Dam and released into Dry Creek and its tributaries,” said Lt. Col John Baker, commander of the USACE San Francisco District. 

    The fish habitat enhancement is required by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to help restore endangered and threatened fish to the watershed. The Corps’ project (known as the “Reach 15” project, for its location directly below Warm Springs Dam) is 1,650 feet long and is located on property owned by the Corps. The Corps contracted with Contractor Services Group to design and build the project.   Construction is scheduled to take place through mid-October and during summer 2013.

    Elements of the project include: 1) construction of a low-flow side channel enhanced with gravel, cobble, 160 tons of boulders, 70 large logs, woody material and ideal tree cover; 2) several channels connecting the side-channel to the main channel so that the side-channel remains active year round and; 3) placement of spawning gravels in the main channel, all to establish favorable summer rearing and winter refuge for these endangered fish species.

    To learn more about NMFS’ Biological Opinion and Dry Creek requirements go tohttp://www.scwa.ca.gov/drycreek/.   For additional details on the demonstration project, go to http://www.scwa.ca.gov/files/docs/projects/rrifr/DryCreek-Habitat.pdf

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