Reclamation begins new fish habitat project along Sacramento River

Reclamation begins new fish habitat project along Sacramento River

The Bureau of Reclamation started building rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead and enhancing recreation at its East Sand Slough Side Channel project along the Sacramento River near Red Bluff at the beginning of October. Approximately 90,000 cubic yards of material will be excavated from about 20 acres upstream of the Antelope Boulevard/Highway 36 Bridge.

“This project provides multiple environmental benefits for the ecosystem ​as part of continued efforts under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to restore and replenish salmonid spawning gravel,” said Bay-Delta Office Manager David Mooney. ​”This project is a testament to the continued dedication of our partner agencies.”

These Central Valley Project Improvement Act restoration actions along the Sacramento River are coordinated with the Sacramento River Restoration Team. The team is an interagency group that provides technical support in the development of salmonid spawning. Team members include Reclamation, Chico State Foundation, the Sacramento River Forum, California Department of Water Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries Service, Resource Conservation District of Tehama County, Sacramento River Settlement Contractors, and River Partners.

The project also improves recreational access through a boat ramp restoration, trail expansion, and riparian planting. Reclamation ​and its partners aim to finish construction in 2021 with vegetative planting occurring during the winter. View the following fact sheet for further project details at

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