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CVPIA

CVPIA Program

The Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992 amended previous authorizations of the Central Valley Project to include fish and wildlife protection, restoration, and mitigation as project purposes having equal priority with irrigation and domestic uses; and fish and wildlife enhancement as a project purpose equal to power generation.

From 1993 through 2011, Reclamation and its partners have completed several large projects, including the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District fish screen, the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District fish screen, the Shasta Lake Temperature Control Device, the Contra Costa Canal pumping plant, and the Coleman National Fish Hatchery. Currently, the CVPIA Program is comprised of 23 programs that fall into three broad resource areas: fisheries, wildlife refuges and other resources programs.

interactive image:  photo - Shows construction of the turnout at the California Aqueduct end of the Intertie Project; click for larger photo
Wildlife refuges in Central California teem with life. Employee contest photo taken by Stuart Angerer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fisheries

The fisheries goal is to double the natural production of anadromous fish on a sustainable basis. Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2011 included:

Wildlife Refuges

interactive image:  photo - An egret at a wildlife refuge; click for larger photo

An egret at a wildlife refuge

interactive image:  photo - Goslings are shown in this employee photo contest picture taken by Tami Corn; click for larger photo
Goslings are shown in this employee photo contest picture taken by Tami Corn
interactive image:  photo - Frogs are drawn to wetlands such as this one shown in an employee photo contest picture taken by Nina Hemphill; click for larger photo
Frogs are drawn to wetlands such as this one shown in an employee photo contest picture taken by Nina Hemphill

The goals of the Refuge Water Supply Program are to provide certain amounts of two classifications of water to 19 CVPIA federal, state and private wildlife refuges. Due to the wet year, the program was able to achieve deliveries that approached goal amounts:

The CVPIA requires the Region to acquire water supplies, known as incremental Level 4, to meet optimal waterfowl habitat management needs at various wildlife areas in the Central Valley. Incremental Level 4 is defined as the difference between historical annual average water deliveries (Level 2) and water supplies needed to achieve optimal waterfowl habitat management (Level 4).

The amount of water the Region can deliver to wildlife refuges depends on several factors, including the availability of water and ability of Reclamation to deliver water to certain refuges. During 2011, the Region funded design work that is anticipated to lead to the construction of refuge conveyance facilities beginning in 2012. In 2011, Reclamation also funded the installation of groundwater wells at refuge locations in order to improve the ability to deliver more reliable water supplies.

Other Resource Programs

The other resource programs’ goals are to protect and restore terrestrial habitat and the species that depend on them.

In 2011, the Habitat Restoration Program contributed to the protection of 5,404 acres of land through conservation easement acquisitions of 2,407 acres of vernal pool, grassland, and riparian habitats in Tehama County; and 2,997 acres of vernal pool, grassland, and other habitats in Merced County. Also, the program moved toward restoration of about 28 acres of alkali scrub and 101 acres of riparian woodland vegetation in Kern County, and 492 acres of serpentine grassland and associated habitats at in Santa Clara County.

The Land Retirement Program retired about 220 acres of land from irrigated agricultural production and converted it to native upland habitat.

More information: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/index.html

interactive image:  photo - A newborn elk nestles in a wildlife refuge in an employee photo contest picture taken by Ali Warren; click for larger photo
A newborn elk nestles in a wildlife refuge in an employee photo contest picture taken by Ali Warren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 20, 2012