FAQs

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Why is the Project being designed and constructed?

The Anadromous Fish Restoration Program (AFRP) aims to double the natural production of anadromous fish (who spend their adult life in oceans and return to rivers to reproduce) like Chinook salmon and steelhead. Under this program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  (USFWS) funds the design and implementation of the Hallwood Project. The lower Yuba [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|

How often will the floodplain at the Project site inundate?

The floodplain surrounding the more than 3 miles of perennial side channels and 4 miles of seasonal side channels will inundate continuously for several weeks approximately every 2 years with shallow slow water favorable for juvenile salmonids. Groundwater fed perennial side channels will stay connected all year, while seasonal side channels will inundate with typical [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|

Who else besides fish benefits from the Project?

The Project will improve more than 170 acres of seasonally inundated riparian floodplain habitat for numerous riparian tree species, and the host of aquatic and terrestrial organisms that reside in these habitats. This Project increases connectivity of these habitats for a healthier, more productive river system; a resource benefit to the public for purposes such [...]

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How will we know the Project improves habitat?

Pre-project monitoring began in 2014, with the following activities performed in 2014-2016: snorkel surveys, marcoinvertebrates (aquatic bugs), and water temperature. Riparian vegetation composition and recruitment, and dissolved oxygen and turbidity grab measurements were performed in 2016. Pre-project monitoring studies designed to compare fish health in off-channel habitat to the main channel using juvenile outmigration and predation [...]

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Are there other places in California where this type of project has been successful?

This is the first project of its kind on the Yuba River, but similar actions have been taken on other rivers in California.  For example, on the Merced River, floodplain grading to create spawning habitat has led to high levels of spawning and floodplain utilization by juvenile salmonids. Additional projects on the Trinity, Stanislaus, and [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|