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Statement from Battle Creek Watershed Conservancy Board

The Restoration Project spans Tehama and Shasta Counties and would reestablish approximately 42 miles of prime salmon and steelhead habitat on Battle Creek, plus an additional 6 miles on its tributaries. The project proposes to facilitate the safe passage for, and the growth and recovery of, naturally-produced anadromous fish populations, including three federally-listed runs: the Central Valley spring-run chinook salmon, the Central Valley steelhead trout, and the Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon.

Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Fact Sheet


Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project Map

PROJECT FUNDING:
Funding for the Restoration Project has been provided by federal and state agencies and through private donations, including CALFED; the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; CDFW; the California Wildlife Conservation Board; the California Department of Transportation; the Iron Mountain Mine Trustee Council, California Department of Water Resources; and the Packard Foundation (via The Nature Conservancy).  PG&E is contributing to the Restoration Project in the form of foregone energy generation, voluntarily pursuing amendments to the Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project’s FERC license, and transferring certain water rights to CDFW.

As indicated in the following table, Reclamation has received $103.3 million (M) to date.  The estimated total amount that Reclamation needs to complete the entire project is $121.3 M.  Reclamation is coordinating with the 1999 MOU partners to pursue additional funding.

PROJECT FUNDING BREAKDOWN:

Current Funding Type & Source

                                 Amount

Federal Funding

$44.8 M

CALFED Early Ecosystem Restoration Funds

$32.0 M (to Reclamation)

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds

$12.8 M  (to Reclamation)

FY 2015 Federal Funds

$ 2.5 M (to Reclamation)

Federal & State Funding

$6.5 M

Iron Mountain Mine Trustee Council

$6.5 M (to Reclamation)

State Funding

$58.2 M

California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW)

$3.4M (to USFWS) $26.8 M (to Reclamation)

California Wildlife Conservation Board

$10.0 M (to Reclamation)

Benicia Bridge Mitigation Funds [via CALTRANS]

$4.5 M (to Reclamation)

Richmond San Rafael Bridge Mitigation (via CALTRANS)

$1.5 M (to Reclamation)

Delta Fish Agreement Amendment via Department of Water Resources

$5.3M (to CDFW) $6.7M (to Reclamation)

Private Funding

$23.6 M

PG&E (Foregone Power from 1999 MOU)

$20.6 M

The Packard Foundation (via The Nature Conservancy)

$3.0 M

TOTAL

$135.6 M

TOTAL FUNDS TO RECLAMATION

$103.3 M




January 21, 2016 Restoration Project Status Update
September, 2015 Restoration Project Status
Provided by USBR

Phase 1A – Work is complete at the Wildcat site on the North Fork; Wildcat Diversion Dam and conveyance system (including Wildcat pipeline and canal) were removed in 2010. A fish barrier weir on Baldwin Creek was constructed in 2013. Fish screens and fish ladders have been constructed at the Eagle Canyon Diversion Dam and North Battle Creek Feeder (NBCF) Diversion Dam sites on the North Fork; however, as the result of hydraulic evaluations of these new facilities (in 2012) and physical modeling of the NBCF fish ladder and fish screen (in early 2013), it was determined that modifications are necessary at the NBCF site to improve the canal diversion, fish screening and fish passage, and to address safety requirements. A contract is planned to be awarded in April 2016 to implement these modifications through 2017.

Phase 1B – Construction of an Inskip Powerhouse mile long bypass and tailrace connector on the South Fork was completed at the end of 2012, however, in early December 2012 a significant storm event occurred, which damaged the newly constructed access roads and drainage system, and created erosion at the penstock bypass and tailrace connector outlets.  Access road repairs and sediment erosion cleanup occurred in 2013; and safety and facility access improvements occurred in 2014, and are being completed in 2015.

Phase 2 – Design efforts are proceeding and will incorporate 2015- 2016 fish screen and ladder physical modeling results. Project construction on the remainder of the South Fork, and on its tributaries, is planned to occur under two contracts. One contract, to install a fish screen and ladder at Inskip Diversion Dam, construct a tailrace tunnel connector from South Powerhouse to Inskip Canal, and remove Lower Ripley Creek Feeder and Coleman Diversion Dams, is anticipated to be awarded in 2017 and be completed 2020. Another contract, to remove the Soap Creek Feeder Diversion Dam and the South Diversion Dam and conveyance system (including the removal of South canal), is also anticipated to be awarded in 2018 and be completed in 2020.

Adaptive Management

Processes to ensure fisheries objectives and goals are met will occur beyond 2020.

Battle Creek Restoration Project (BCRP) Adaptive Management –The Restoration Project Adaptive Management Plan (AMP) was completed in 2004; its’ goal is to implement specific actions to protect, restore, enhance and monitor salmonid habitat associated with FERC Project No. 1121 within the Restoration Project area to guard against false attraction of adult migrants, and ensure that Chinook salmon and steelhead are able to fully access and utilize available habitat in a manner that benefits all life stages and thereby maximizes natural productions, fully utilizing ecosystem carrying capacity.

Coleman National Fish Hatchery (CNFH) Adaptive Management – CNFH is located downstream of the Restoration Project area on the main stem of Battle Creek. CNFH is funded by Reclamation, owned and operated by USFWS, and guided by USFWS policy and other state and federal laws. The CNFH AMP is in development, and will include solutions and processes to support CNFH programs, operations and infrastructure so that hatchery mitigation goals and objectives are achieved and there is compatibility with the Battle Creek Restoration Project.  Completion of the CNFH AMP is anticipated n 2016.

Integrated Framework for Adaptive Management in Battle Creek – The Restoration Project 1999 MOU partners; Reclamation, USFWS, NMFS, CDFW, and PG&E, are committed to coordinate CNFH AMP and Restoration Project AMP efforts to form a single integrated framework for adaptive management in Battle Creek. An Integrated Monitoring Plan and a Team Charter are currently in development, and will define integrated Restoration Project and CNFH adaptive management processes for monitoring, evaluation, and decision making.


Archived Project status updates, documents and construction photos

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Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project FERC License Amendment Applications
Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project
Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Plan
Project Location Map
Battle Creek Restoration Project Brochure
Battle Creek Salmon & Steelhead Restoration Project Area Limits
Restoration Project Schematic
September 2006 'Draft' Overall Items Leading to Construction
PG&E Lands Map
Final Cost Estimate Summary for the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project

Environmental Compliance Documents:
Final EIS/EIR
Draft Supplemental EIS/Revised EIR- February 2005:
  Cover and Table of Contents
  Foreword
  Executive Summary
  Chapter 1 - Introduction, Organization, and Process
  Chapter 2 - Purpose and Need, Project Description, and Project Background
  Chapter 3 - Project Alternative
  Chapter 4 - Affected Environment and Environmental Consequences
  Chapter 5 - Consultation and Coordination
  Chapter 6 - Related Projects
  Chapter 7 - Summary
  Chapter 8 - List of contributors
  Chapter 9 - References
  Appendix F - Proposed Construction Areas at Restoration project Sites
  Appendix K - Water Temperature and Aquatic habitat in Battle Creek
  Appendix L - Biological Resources Documented at Battle Creek Project Sites
  Appendix M - Waters of the United States Documented at Battle Creek Project Sites
  Appendix O - Special-Status Species Accounts
Site Assessment for California Red-Legged Frog (Jeffcoat, Willow Springs, and Asbury) - January 2005
Draft Action Specific Implementation Plan - April 2004:
  Title, Cover Pages and Table of Contents
  Chapter 1. Introduction
  Chapter 2. Project Description
  Chapter 3. Approach to Assessment of Effects and Development of Conservation Measures to Avoid, Minimize, and Compensate for Effects
  Chapter 4. Assessment of Project Effects on Covered Species and Conservation Measures
  Chapter 5. Assessment of Project Effects on Natural Community Conservation Plan Communities and Conservation Measures
  Chapter 6. Assessment of Cumulative Effects
  Chapter 7. Adaptive Management, Changed Circumstances, and Funding
  Chapter 8. Monitoring Plan
  Chapter 9. Assurances Requested
  Chapter 10. Alternatives to Take Considered and Rejected
  Chapter 11. List of Participants
  Chapters 12. References
    Appendices:
  Appendix A. Memorandum of Understanding
  Appendix B. Draft Facility Monitoring Plan
  Appendix C. Adaptive Management Plan
  Appendix D. Special-Status Species Requests to California Department of Fish and Game, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Response from US Fish and Wildlife Service
  Appendix E. Special-Status Species Accounts
  Appendix F. Habitat Compensation Approach for the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project: A Program View
  Appendix G. Proposed Construction Areas at Restoration Project Sites
  Appendix H. SNTEMP Normal Water Year Conditions -- June through September
  Appendix I. Summary of CALFED Projects that Contribute to the Recovery of Covered Species and NCCP Communities
  Appendix J. Ecosystem Restoration Milestones in the Sacramento River Basin for Covered Fish Species
Public Meeting Summary - March 15, 2004
Draft EIS/EIR - July 2003:
  Volume I
  Contents
  Executive Summary
  Chapters 1-3
  Chapter 4
  Figures for Section 4.2
  Chapters 5-9
  Volume II
  Appendices A-D
  Appendices E-Q
California Spotted Owl Survey Results, Addendum to the Biological Survey Summary Report - June 2002
Assessment of Bat Habitat in Water Diversion Tunnels (letter report) - February 2002
Assessment of Wildlife Mitigation Measures (letter report) - February 2002
Public Scoping Report - July 2001
Final Biological Survey Summary Report - April 2001:
  Volume I
  Volume I - Report
    Figure 1. Location of the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project
    Figure 2. Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project Sites
    Appendices A-F
  Volume II
  Volume II - Maps
    Map D-1. North Battle Creek Feeder Diversion Dam
    Map D-2. Eagle Canyon Diversion Dam
    Map D-3. Wildcat Diversion Dam
    Map D-4. Coleman Diversion Dam/Inskip Powerhouse
    Map D-5. Lower Ripley Creek Feeder
    Map D-6. Inskip Diversion Dam/South Powerhouse
    Map D-7. South Battle Creek Canal
    Map D-8. South Battle Creek Canal/Soap Creek Feeder
    Map D-9. Soap Creek Feeder/South Diversion Dam
    Map B-1. North Battle Creek Feeder Diversion Dam
    Map B-2. Eagle Canyon Diversion Dam
    Map B-3. Wildcat Diversion Dam
    Map B-4. Coleman Diversion Dam/Inskip Powerhouse
    Map B-5. Lower Ripley Creek Feeder
    Map B-6. Inskip Diversion Dam/South Powerhouse
    Map B-7. South Battle Creek Canal
    Map B-8. South Battle Creek Canal/Soap Creek Feeder
    Map B-9. Soap Creek Feeder/South Diversion Dam
   

Map WL-1. North Battle Creek Feeder Diversion Dam

    Map WL-2. Eagle Canyon Diversion Dam
    Map WL-3. Wildcat Diversion Dam
    Map WL-4. Coleman Diversion Dam/Inskip Powerhouse
    Map WL-5. Lower Ripley Creek Feeder
    Map WL-7. South Battle Creek Canal
    Map WL-8. South Battle Creek Canal/Soap Creek Feeder
Site Assessment for the California Red-Legged Frog - March 2001

Adaptive Management Plan Documents:
CNFH AMP Project Update - January, 2016
CNFH AMP Scoping Report - October, 2012
Project Governance and Decision-making Processes for the Coleman National Fish Hatchery Adaptive Management Plan - Fourth draft - August 29, 2012 - Z. Hymanson
CNFH-AMP Issue Statements - August 23, 2012
Revised Draft Adaptive Management Plan - April 2004
Draft Adaptive Management Plan - September 2001

California Bay-Delta Authority Documents:
Consideration Of A Resolution For A Conditional Recommendation To The Department Of Fish And Game That It Proceed With Awarding A Grant To The U.S. Bureau Of Reclamation For The Battle Creek Salmon And Steelhead Restoration Project
Agency Response to Initial Recommendation from the California Bay-Delta Authority Ecosystem Restoration Program Selection Panel - June 20, 2005
Battle Creek Revised Funding Proposal - May 2004
Comments on the Pmt's Initial Response to the TRP Report - March 2004
Final Selection Panel Cover Letter
  Battle Creek PMT Final Response to the TRP Report - May 2004
  Draft Cost Proposal - April 2004
Battle Creek PMT's Initial Response to the TRP Report - January 2004
Compatibility of Coleman National Fish Hatchery Operations and Restoration of Anadromous Salmonids in Battle Creek - January 2004
Technical Review Panel Report - September 2003
Proposal to Facilitate and Develop an Adaptive Management Plan for Coleman National Fish Hatchery for consideration by the Greater Battle Creek Watershed Working Group

Other Battle Creek and/or California Fisheries Documents and Projects:
Fee Title Recommendation Battle Creek Planning Unit - Report from the Stewardship Council, April 4, 2012
What caused the Sacramento River fall Chinook stock collapse? - Pre-publication report to the Pacific Fishery Management Council - March 18, 2009
Central Valley Salmon: A Perspective on Chinook and Steelhead in the Central Valley of California - 2006
Presentation on the Coleman National Fish Hatchery Complex Biological Assessment - September, 2011
Finding of No Significant Impact – Coleman Barrier Weir Site Modifications - September, 2011
Coleman National Fish Hatchery Complex 2011 Biological Assessment - July 28, 2011
Monitoring and Evaluation of the Modified Fish Ladder and Barrier Weir at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery -
March, 2011
California Central Valley Sacramento and San Joaquin River Systems Chinook Salmon Escapement, Hatcheries and Natural Areas - January, 2011
Stream Condition Monitoring 2006 Analysis for Battle Creek - September 29, 2008
Battle Creek Stream Conditioning Monitoring Plan - September, 2008
Lassen National Forest Projects in Upper Battle Creek Watershed
A Summary of the August 23-25 Central Valley Salmonid Monitoring Workshop
Battle Creek Watershed Assessment Characterization of stream conditions and an investigation of sediment source factors in 2001 and 2002
Stewardship Council Documents:
  Battle Creek Planning Unit Report
  Recommended Concept Table and Map
  Supporting Analysis
  Battle Creek Planning Unit Maps:
    Existing Conditions
    Revised Staff Concept
Waste Discharge Requirements For State Of California Department Of Fish And Game
-Darrah Springs State Fish Hatchery
KRIS Battle Creek KRIS Battle Creek assembles basin-wide data and presents the results of the Battle Creek Watershed Assessment. KRIS contains the data on which this report was based, as well as summary charts and maps, which allow results to be viewed by location.
Development and Assumptions of the Battle Creek Hydrology and Hydroelectric Power Model
Hydrology of North and South Fork Battle Creeks
Coleman National Fish Hatchery Fish Barrier Weir & Ladder Modification Project Draft Biological Opinion
Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Fish Barrier Weir and Ladder Modification at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery
Response from NOAA for a request to an amendment to the final biological opinion for the Coleman National Fish Hatchery Fish Barrier and Weir and Ladder Modification Project
USFWS Anadromous Fish Restoration Program - Battle Creek Documents:
  Coleman Hatchery Review Report June, 2012
  Coleman National Fish Hatchery Water Intakes Rehabilitation Project EA/IS:
Draft EA, Coleman Intake Rehab
Fig. 2-2, Coleman Intake Rehab
Fig. 2-3, Coleman Intake Rehab
Fig. 2-4, Coleman Intake Rehab
Figure 2-1, Coleman Intake Rehab
  Monitoring Adult Chinook Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and Steelhead in Battle Creek, California, from March through November 2009
  Monitoring Adult Chinook Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and Steelhead in Battle Creek, California, from March through November 2008
  Monitoring Adult Chinook Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and Steelhead in Battle Creek, California, from March through November 2007
  Juvenile Salmonid Monitoring in Battle Creek, California, November 2009 through July 2010
  Juvenile Salmonid Monitoring in Battle Creek, California, November 2008 through June 2009
  Juvenile Salmonid Monitoring in Battle Creek, California, November 2007 through June 2008
  Monitoring Adult Chinook Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and Steelhead in Battle Creek, California, from March through November 2006
  1998-2001: Final Report: Genetic Maintenance of Hatchery- and Natural-Origin Winter-Run Chinook Salmon
  Analysis of alternative management strategies designed to integrate Coleman National Fish Hatchery operations with the restoration of natural populations of salmon and steelhead in Battle Creek
  Battle Creek Reach Map for Snorkel Data
  Coleman National Fish Hatchery, California: Intake Alternatives Study
  Continue Genetic Research on Winter-Run Chinook Salmon: Bodega Marine Lab
  Evaluation Plan: USBR Flat Plate Screen at Coleman National Fish Hatchery Intake No.3
  Genotype Chinook salmon (adults and juveniles) to assist in characterization and maintenance of the genetic integrity of hatchery- and natural-origin winterrun Chinook salmon
  Initial Scope of Work: FY00 Eagle Canyon Ranch (Pelton property) Conservation Easement
  Interim Intake Screen Report for Coleman National Fish Hatchery/Battle Creek Justification AFRP Actions #5 and #8: Prevent attraction of adult Chinook into the powerhouse tailrace and screen the intakes to prevent entrainment of juvenile salmonids
Review of the Steelhead Supplementation Program in Battle Creek
Public Draft Recovery Plan for the Evolutionarily Significant Units of Sacramento River Winter-Run Chinook Salmon and Central Valley Spring-Run Chinook Salmon and the Distinct Population Segment of Central Valley Steelhead

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