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Sacramento River Salmonid Habitat Improvement (35-50)  - These projects fall under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (B) (13) Program. The goal of this program is to increase and improve salmon habitat and survivability in the Sacramento River. The Bureau of Reclamation is the primary partner and funder for these projects.


Program components include:

  • Injecting spawning gravel into the Sacramento River to improve anadromous fish spawning habitat.
  • Reconnecting side channels to the main river to increase shelter and rearing habitat for juvenile salmonids.
  • Bank revegetation using native plants.










35-50 2016-1027 harmony-cypress presentation
35-50 2016-1103 ncypress site

This large-scale restoration program includes:

  • Market Street Gravel Injections: 11,900 tons of spawning gravel was added to the river at the Market Street Bridge in Redding, California.
  • Keswick Dam Gravel Injections: 20,000 tons of spawning gravel was added to the river just below Keswick Dam. Gravel will continue to be added periodically to the river at this location.
  • North Cypress Side Channel Project:  The North Cypress Side Channel Project is designed to reconnect the upstream and downstream ends of old side channels to increase juvenile salmonid rearing habitat. The project is funded by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and is being developed by the Bureau of Reclamation with Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District providing large equipment operators. The project was completed January 2, 2017.
  • North Tobiasson Deep Water Rearing Structures: 25 six ton structures were placed in a deep channel of the Sacramento River near Bonnyview Bridge. The structures, consisting of tree roots and canopies bolted to boulders, will provide deep water rearing habitat for juvenile salmonids. They were placed in an effort to restore a portion of the historical habitat complexity of the Sacramento River as part of a continuing effort to restore salmonid populations. This project was completed in early May 2017.

Visit to the N.Cypress project site. Photo taken November 03, 2016

Project Manager, Harmony Gugino, presenting to the Sacramento River Forum on the salmon and steelhead habitat restoration work.

Photo taken October 27, 2016

On August 15th, 2017 the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District will be excavating nine geotechnical test pits at Anderson River Park as we continue to look into the proposed Anderson River Park Side Channel Habitat Project. The test pits will determine the sediment composition, and help to establish the final design of up to three new side channels. These side channels are being designed for the purpose of creating new juvenile salmon habitat in the Sacramento River.

These test pits will take one day to dig, and will result in limited disturbance to the public at Anderson River Park.


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