Salt Lake City, Utah
Released On: August 27, 2004
"We are committed to balancing the needs of both fish and water users. Modifications like this can make a positive difference," said Reclamation Commissioner John Keys. "This fish screen will assist in the success and longevity of both the Colorado pikeminnow and the razorback sucker, and we fully expect the recovery of both endangered species."
The contract was awarded to Kissner G.C. Inc., of Cedaredge, Colo. Construction will begin in late September, with the major construction for the V-type fish screen beginning after November 1, 2004, when irrigation diversions are no longer needed. Major portions of the work will be completed by April 1, 2005, to allow for spring canal operation. Construction will be completed by July 29, 2005.
Redlands Power Canal is used year-round to generate hydroelectric power from water received from the Gunnison River . During construction, hydropower generation will be temporarily interrupted by construction dewatering and will result in loss of hydropower revenues for about four months. The irrigation season lasts approximately six months, from April 15 to October 15. Construction will be limited to before and after the irrigation season to avoid impacting deliveries and to take advantage of low river flows.
Reclamation is constructing the fish screen on behalf of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fishes Recovery Program. The Recovery Program is an interagency partnership created to recover the endangered Colorado pikeminnow, razorback sucker, humpback chub, and bonytail. Construction of the fish screen is an important aspect of the Recovery Program because it prevents endangered and native fish from becoming trapped in the canal.
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