The FWA Sacramento-Central Valley Fish Screen Program (FSP) has been very busy in the last year with two fish screen systems successfully installed in the fall of 2014 for Feather Water District. FWA has completed permitting and compliance on two additional projects scheduled for installation this year. The Colusa Indian Community Council (CICC) and South Sutter Water District (SSWD) will begin onsite construction activities in early September, with project completion by October 31st.
FWA has four possible sites that are slated for installation in the fall of 2016. Two are located on the Feather River and two on the Mokelumne River. The FSP conducted a site tour in May with our program partners, Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, U. S. Fish & Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation. Also attending the tour were three different fish screen contractors who agreed to submit proposals on the four diversions.
The FSP completed an Outreach & Education (O&E) campaign in spring of 2015 to recruit additional landowners to sign up under the program. The FSP now has over 41 landowners signed up to screen their diversions. FWA will continue to promote the screening of agricultural diversions and seek grant funding to assist landowners in not only protecting their water rights, but also to comply with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) Rule. For more information on the FSP, please visit http://www.fwafishforum.com.
Contributing Program partners: Voluntary Landowners, Irrigation & Water Districts, Family Water Alliance, Inc., the Bureau of Reclamation, CVPIA Anadromous Fish Screen Program (AFSP), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, CALFED, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wildlife Conservation Board, Dept. of Water Resources Floodway Protection Section Central Valley Flood Protection Board, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Resources Agency, and MBK Engineers. n