The Anadromous Fish Restoration Program

American River

map of watershed showing location of dams and major roads

Watershed Information


PRODUCTION
Species 1967-1991 Baseline Target 1992-2009 Average Increase Percent Change
fall-run Chinook salmon 80,874       160,000       109,574       28,700       35.5      
WATERSHED STATISTICS ANADROMOUS HABITAT COORDINATORS
  Watershed area:   1,895 square miles
  Watershed Priority:  high
  Total storage:  1,834,980 acre-feet
  Historic:   161 miles  
  Current:   23 miles  ( 14.3 %)
     Mike Healey
     Beth Campbell
RESTORATION
  Projected number of restoration projects:   >6   Projected total cost of restoration:   $1,035,000.00
  Total invested to date:  AFRP    $501,000.00  other    $650,000.00

Actions and Evaluations

Status Description
Ongoing E3. Identify and implement actions that maintain mean daily water temperatures between 61 F and 65 F for at least one month from April 1 to June 30 for American shad spawning, consistent with action to protect chinook salmon and steelhead and when hydrologic conditions are adequate to minimize adverse effects to water supply operations.
Not Addressed E2. Evaluate and refine a river regulation plan that provides flows to protect all life stages of anadromous fish based on water storage at Folsom Reservoir and predicted hydrologic conditions in the American River watershed.
Not Addressed E1. Evaluate the effectiveness of pulse flows to facilitate successful emigration of juvenile salmonids.
Not Addressed A9. Terminate current programs that remove woody debris from the river channel.
Complete A8. Develop a riparian corridor management plan to improve and protect riparian habitat and instream cover.
Not Addressed A7. Modify the timing and rate of water diverted from the river annually to reduce entrainment losses of juvenile salmonids.
Complete A6. Improve the fish screen at Fairbairn Water Treatment Plant.
Not Addressed A5. Replenish spawning gravel and restore existing spawning grounds.
Complete A4. Reconfigure Folsom Dam shutters for improved management of Folsom Reservoir's cold water pool and better control over the temperature of water released downstream.
Not Addressed A3. Reduce and control flow fluctuations to avoid and minimize adverse effects on juvenile salmonids.
Not Addressed A2. Develop a long-term water allocation plan for the American River watershed.
Not Addressed A10. Increase flows for American shad migration, spawning, incubation and rearing from April to June, by modifying CVP operations, by using dedicated water, and by acquiring water from willing sellers, consistent with actions to protect chinook salmon and steelhead and when hydrologic conditions are adequate to minimize adverse effects to water supply operations.
Not Addressed A1. Develop and implement a river regulation plan that meets the following flow objectives by modifying CVP operations, using (b)(2) water, and acquiring water from willing sellers as needed.

Photos

Aerial view of American River at Nimbus Dam American R Looking Downstream from Hazel Bridge American River Sailor Bar at Hazel Avenue Bridge Sailor Bar During High Flows