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D4: Fish Habitat and Passage Improvement

This project helps restore and maintain healthy steelhead trout populations by improving fish passage and habitat. Possible work sites include Alamitos Creek at Lake Almaden and Ogier Ponds in the Coyote watershed, where man-made creek alterations disrupt fish migration. The project also includes studies of steelhead streams throughout the county to determine where improvements are needed to support spawning, rearing and migration. Funding also pays for the development of a program to use large woody debris to create fish habitat.


Benefits

  • Improves spawning and rearing habitat within the Coyote, Guadalupe and other watersheds
  • Improves steelhead trout habitat
  • Helps provide required mitigation for environmental impacts of reservoir and recharge operations and for countywide Stream Maintenance Program.

Project Status

(As of November 2017)

D4.1 Complete planning and design for 2 creeks/lake separations 

  • Site 1: Almaden Lake - Public review of the draft EIR for the Almaden Lake Project is expected by late 2017. 
  • Site 2: Ogier Ponds - The final feasibility report for the Ogier Ponds Project is to be completed by early 2018. 
D4.2 Construct 1 creek/lake separation project in partnership with local agencies 
  • Currently 2 projects are in the planning phase will receive construction funding from the Safe, Clean Water Program. 
D4.3 Use $6 million for fish passage improvements 
  • The District completed 90% design for the Bolsa Road Fish Passage Project. 
  • The City of San José has completed a feasibility study related to the removal of the Singleton Road fish passage barrier. The District is working on a partnership agreement with the city to provide support for City's effort to remove the Singleton Road Bridge and associated channel restoration. 
  • The Evelyn Bridge Fish Passage within Stevens Creek completed construction on November 21, 2015.
D4.4 Conduct study of all major steelhead streams in the county to identify priority location for installation of large wood debris and gravel as appropriate 
  • Field survey was conducted on preliminary 40 sites on 8 different creeks. Based on field findings, 20 of these will be recommended for further findings, 20 of these will be recommended for further analysis. 
D4.5 Install large woody debris and/pr gravel at a minimum of 5 sites (1 per each 5 major watersheds) 
  • In FY16, the District completed construction of 1 instream complexity feature for steelhead in Stevens Creek at Clearcreek Court. (Lower Peninsula Watershed)


 Key Performance Indicators

  1. Complete planning and design for 2 creek/lake separations.
  2. Construct 1 creek/lake separation project in partnership with local agencies.
  3. Use $6 million for fish passage improvements.
  4. Conduct study of all major steelhead streams in the county to identify priority locations for installation of large woody debris and gravel as appropriate.
  5. Install large woody debris and/or gravel at a minimum of 5 sites (1 per each of 5 major watersheds).

 

 

Priority D-200

FY17 Annual Report Status 

StatusAdjusted (schedule adjustment)
Project StartFY 2014
Project FinishFY 2019
Safe Clean Water
Program funding

$26.2 M**

(2015 Dollars)

**More financial information: 5-Year Implementation Plan, pages: 19-27
LocationCountywide


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