“The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have evaluated options to improve fish passage and increase floodplain fisheries-rearing habitat in the Yolo Bypass, near Sacramento. These options explore how to benefit Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead and the southern distinct population segment of North American green sturgeon. The agencies released environmental documents that analyze six action alternatives including a headworks structure at Fremont Weir and downstream channel improvements. ”
The Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage project reached an important milestone with the release of environmental review documents by the Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources.
For the last decade, CalTrout’s Central Valley Program and our partners have conducted foundational science in the Yolo Bypass to understand the benefits of seasonal floodplain habitat to salmon. With this release, we are one step closer to realizing a project that will improve seasonal floodplain inundation to mimic the natural process while also protecting our communities from floods and allowing farms to continue farming.