Shasta River Hidden Valley Ranch On-Farm Water Efficiency

Shasta River Hidden Valley Ranch On-Farm Water Efficiency

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The Shasta River is a cold-water refugia for coho salmon but has been historically impacted by agriculture diversions. This project seeks to balance water needs for farms and fish by improving water efficiency at Hidden Valley Ranch, located near the Shasta River. Infrastructure improvements include reducing water loss from ditch evaporation, installing efficient water exchange pipelines, and returning up to 2.5 cfs of cold water in the Shasta River using California Water Code 1707 for instream dedication. Additionally, the project will reduce fish stranding by replacing an improved, solar-powered fish screen.

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