Major Projeects/Programs Advance - Red Bluff Fish Passage Improvements
Fish screen and pumping plant at the Red Bluff project
The extensive size of the project shows in this aerial view
The Region worked throughout 2011 on construction of the Red Bluff Fish Passage Improvement Project, which was begun in 2010 and is scheduled for completion in 2012.
The $190 million in funding for the project includes $115.5 million from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the largest single outlay of ARRA funding in the nation by the Department of the Interior.
The project, near Red Bluff in Northern California, involves construction of a pumping plant, screened to protect fish, which will convey water from the Sacramento River to the Tehama-Colusa and Corning canals. The improvement is required under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992.
The pumping plant will replace the existing Red Bluff Diversion Dam, which creates a barrier to migrating fish, some of which are listed under the Endangered Species Act. The diversion dam gates will be permanently placed in the open position for free migration of fish. The new pumping plant will ensure continued water deliveries to 150,000 acres of farmland throughout a four-county area, served by 17 water districts.
During 2011, construction progressed on key components such as the pumping plant intake; the pumping plant itself, which will have an initial pumping capacity of 2,000 cubic feet per second; an 1,118-foot-long fish screen structure; a canal siphon; and a 660-foot-long bridge that will allow maintenance workers access to the project.
More information: http://www.usbr.gov/ mp/rbfish/
Aerial view of the Red Bluff fish passage project shows major elements.
April 17, 2012