Another six miles of Auburn Ravine between Auburn and Lincoln could be opened to more salmon and steelhead trout passage as a result of a project now being developed by the Nevada Irrigation District according to NID General Manager Rem Scherzinger.
Each irrigation season, which is mid-April to mid-October, NID installs a seasonal diversion dam on Auburn Ravine that diverts water into the Hemphill Canal, which supplies the greater Lincoln area, including Turkey Creek and the Del Webb community.
The District studied seven alternatives and staff recommends a new riverbank filtration system that would move water into a new canal.
NID cautions that the project is subject to a lengthy planning and permitting process, and it may take four years to complete the work. The Hemphill project would be NID’s second significant contribution to fish migration on Auburn Ravine.