An innovative water project to improve fish passage in Auburn Ravine Creek is now under way in the City of Lincoln; NID is the lead agency in the project. The project site is a water measurement station located in the Lincoln Crossing Nature Preserve, about 1000 feet downstream of the Highway 65 overcrossing. NID General Manger Ron Nelson says the project contractor, Preston Pipeline of Sacramento, is installing a “nature-like fish way” that consists of a series of rock chutes and step pools to mimic a natural stream channel. The channel is designed to eliminate erosion and allow for fish passage under a variety of flows.
“It’s a great idea and I think it’s going to make a real improvement in the passage conditions for salmon and resident fish and it’s not being required in any regulatory order or anything. It’s just something that we’re collaborating with the community to put in place.”
The $800,000 grant funded project will improve access to a mile of upstream fish habitat as spawning grounds for fall-run and late fall-run Chinook salmon and steelhead trout.
Funding partners include the County of Placer, CAL-FED, Granite Bay Flycasters and Dry Creek Conservancy. The project is slated for completion by Nov. 30