Family Water Alliance develops coalitions of diverse groups and interests to resolve conflicts, and find solutions that are beneficial to both man and the resource. Working together with stakeholders, local and state agencies, and environmental interests, leads to balanced policy development.
Realizing that “fish in the river means water on the land,” FWA coordinated and managed a small fish screen project to assist small agricultural water diverters along the Sacramento River. The working relationship between FWA, landowners, and federal and state agencies has led to the installation of twenty-four successful fish screen projects, cumulative screening of 563 cubic feet per second of California water, while protecting over 22,000 acres of productive agricultural lands. Participating farmers are able to enhance the fishery through screening, while simultaneously protecting agricultural diversions from conflicts with the Endangered Species Act.
The fish screen program is a cooperative effort which produces mutual benefits. Visit the Fish Forum to learn more.