The Anadromous Fish Restoration Program

Butte Creek

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 765       1,500       2,466       1,701       222.4      
spring-run Chinook salmon 1,018      2,000      10,035      9017       885.8      
WATERSHED STATISTICS ANADROMOUS HABITAT COORDINATORS
  Watershed area:   150 square miles
  Watershed Priority:  high
  Total storage:  12,776 acre-feet
  Historic:   90 miles  
  Current:   90 miles  ( 100 %)
     Tricia Parker
RESTORATION
  Projected number of restoration projects:   >50   Projected total cost of restoration:   $19,441,000.00
  Total invested to date:  AFRP    $2,527,000.00  other    $15,400,000.00

Projects

YEARS PROJECT TITLE LAST UPDATE



1995 - 2005 Spring-run Chinook salmon juvenile life history evaluation on Butte and Big Chico Creeks.   6/15/2010
1996 - 2001 Real-time flow monitoring and feed-back systems for Deer, Mill, Big Chico and Butte creeks.   6/4/2010
1996 - 2001 Butte Creek Watershed Conservancy watershed management strategy.   6/16/2010
1997 - 2003 Keeney Property on lower Butte Creek; riparian easement acquisition and restoration project.   6/22/2010
1997 - 2000 Install stream flow gages and thermographs in spring-run Chinook salmon streams.   7/13/2010
1997 - 1998 Construct a high water volume fish ladder and screens on Durham Mutual Diversion Dam.   6/17/2010
1997 - 2001 Continue development of Butte Creek Watershed Conservancy watershed management strategy.   6/17/2010
1998 - 1999 Acquire and restore the McAmis property on upper Butte Creek.   6/17/2010
1998 - 1999 Provide preliminary engineering analyses to improve fish passage for the Sanborn Slough Bifurcation on Butte Creek.   6/17/2010
1998 - 2001 Continue the Lower Butte Creek Study, Phase 1b.   6/18/2010
1998 - 1999 Extend Butte Creek geomorphic study to Butte Slough.   6/18/2010
1998 - 2001 Continue development of Butte Creek Watershed Conservancy watershed management strategy.   6/18/2010
1999 - 2001 Provide analyses to improve fish passage at Sutter Bypass Weir 5 (Farmers Weir) on Butte Creek.   6/18/2010
1999 - 2001 Provide analyses to improve fish passage at Sutter Bypass East-West Diversion Weir on Butte Creek.   6/18/2010
1999 - 2001 Provide analyses to improve fish passage at Sutter Bypass Weir 3 on Butte Creek.   6/22/2010
1999 - 2002 Replace and upgrade existing adult exclusion weir and riser at Drumheller Slough on Butte Creek.   6/22/2010
1999 - 2001 Assist locally led efforts to facilitate coordination of the Butte Sink/Sutter Bypass stakeholders.   6/22/2010
2000 - 2002 Promote revegetation of recently rip-rapped areas in the vicinity of Okie Dam on Butte Creek.   6/22/2010
2000 - 2006 Develop a final list of pumping plants requiring screens and collect site specific information for each pumping plant for the east side of Sutter Bypass on lower Butte Creek.   6/22/2010
2000 - 2002 Develop recommendations for enhanced fish passage in the Butte Slough area on lower Butte Creek.   6/22/2010
2000 - 2001 Install and maintain real-time flow monitors at the Sanborn Slough Bifurcation Structure on Butte Creek.   6/22/2010
2000 - 2002 Provide support for "Kids and Creeks: Restoration Ecology in Action" for students in grades 2 through 12 in the Big Chico, Butte Creek and Feather River watersheds.   6/16/2010
2001 - 2005 Lower Butte Creek Project: Phase III. Facilitation, Coordination and Construction of Three Fish Passage Modifications to Sutter Bypass West Side Water Control Structures.   6/22/2010
2002 - 2004 Lower Butte Creek Project: Sutter Bypass - Willow Slough Weir Fish Passage Project - Preliminary Engineering Investigation.   6/22/2010
2004 - 2006 White Mallard Dam and Associated Diversions, Phase III White Mallard Dam and Fish Ladder Construction.   6/22/2010
2006 - 2011 Lower Butte Creek Project Facilitation/Coordination: Phase III Development of the East side Sutter Bypass Fisheries Restoration Plan.   6/22/2010

Documents

Initial Scope of Work: Butte Creek Revegetation and restoration assessment project. 2000, 0.041 mb (.041 MB)

Lower Butte Creek Project East Side Sutter Bypass Small Pumping Plant Screens Phase II B Scoping and Preliminary Design, 2000, 0.018 mb (.018 MB)

Draft FONSI: Anadromous Fish Restoration Actions in the Butte Creek Watershed, 0.015 mb (.015 MB)

Spring-Run Chinook Salmon Life History Investigation (1998-2000). 2001, 1.14 mb (1.14 MB)

Management Plan - Butte Creek Ecological Preserve, July 19, 2001, 0.081 mb (.081 MB)

Draft PEA: Anadromous Fish Restoration Actions in the Butte Creek Watershed - February 2000, 1.53 mb (1.53 MB)

Real-Time Flow Monitoring Related To Spring-Run Chinook Salmon. 2000, 0.007 mb (.007 MB)

Real-Time Flow Monitoring For Butte Creek/Sanborn Slough Bifurcation. 2000, 0.006 mb (.006 MB)

Big Chico and Butte Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon Juvenile Life History Evaluation - 1999, 0.011 mb (.011 MB)

Environmental Assessment - Drumheller Slough and White Mallard Outfall Project. June 26, 2000, 0.891 mb (.891 MB)

Geotechnical Investigation Report - Proposed Drumheller Slough Outfall Structure, February 23, 2001, 0.038 mb (.038 MB)

Kids and Creeks: Restoration Ecology in Action - August 1999, 0.022 mb (.022 MB)

Scope of Work: Lower Butte Creek Project Phase III Facilitation/Coordination, September 15, 1999, 0.018 mb (.018 MB)

Final Report: Lower Butte Creek Facilitation/Coordination - 1999, 0.011 mb (.011 MB)

Restoration Plan, Keeney Property, 0.042 mb (.042 MB)

Butte Creek Spring-Run Chinook Salmon Juvenile Outmigration and Life History: 1995-1998, 0.153 mb (.153 MB)

Final Report - Lower Butte Creek Facilitation - 1999, 0.011 mb (.011 MB)

The Economic Impact on Butte County of Anadromous Fish Restoration Program Actions on Agricultural Lands in the Butte Creek Watershed, April 2, 2001 ()

Geomorphic Assessment of Butte Creek (zipped). February 2002, 25.91 mb (5.91 MB)

Geomorphic Assessment of Butte Creek, Butte County, California, February 2002, 1.2 mb ( 1.2 MB)

Geomorphic Assessment of Butte Creek, Butte County, California - References, February 2002, 0.076 mb (.076 MB)

Information About the Scope of Work: Butte Slough Analysis Project, 2000, 0.021 mb (.021 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2001-2002, 1.75 mb (1.75 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2000-2001, 1.75 mb (1.75 MB)

Lower Butte Creek: Sutter Bypass Willow Slough Weir Fish Passage Project. February 2005, 7.44 mb (7.44 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2000-2001, 1.27 mb (1.27 MB)

Butte Creek Spring-run Chinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawutscha Pre-spawn Mortality Evaluation 2003, 143.43 mb (3.43 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2002-2003, 3.43 mb (3.43 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2003-2004, 26.09 mb (6.09 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2004-2005, 0.603 mb (.603 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Cinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2005-2006, 2.73 mb (2.73 MB)

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Actions and Evaluations

Status Description
E7. Remove McPherrin and McGowan dams and provide an alternate source of water as part of the Western Canal Dam removal and siphon construction.
Complete E9. Evaluate alternatives to help fish passage, including the installation of a high water volume fish ladder, on Sutter Bypass Weir #1.
Ongoing E8. Evaluate alternatives to help fish passage, including the installation of a high water volume fish ladder, on Sutter Bypass Weir #2.
Ongoing E6. Evaluate alternatives to help fish passage, including the installation of fish screens, within Sutter Bypass where necessary.
Complete E5. Evaluate alternatives to help fish passage, including the installation of a fish screen, at Sanborn Slough Bifurcation Structure.
Complete E4. Evaluate operational alternatives and establish operational criteria for Sutter Bypass Weir #1.
Complete E3. Evaluate operational alternatives and establish operational criteria for Sutter Bypass Weir #2.
Complete E2. Evaluate alternatives or build a new high water volume fish ladder at East-West Diversion Weir.
Not Addressed E15. Evaluate juvenile and adult chinook salmon stranding in Sutter Bypass and behind Tisdale, Moulton, and Colusa weirs during periods of receding flows on the upper mainstem Sacramento River.
Complete E14. Evaluate the juvenile life history of spring-run chinook salmon.
Not Addressed E13. Evaluate fish passage enhancement at PG&E diversion dams and other barriers above Centerville Diversion Dam.
Not Addressed E12. Evaluate enhancement of fish passage at a natural barrier below the Centerville Diversion Dam.
Complete E11. Evaluate alternatives to help fish passage, including the installation of a high water volume fish ladder, on Sutter Bypass Weir #3.
Complete E10. Evaluate alternatives to help fish passage, including the installation of a high water volume fish ladder, on Sutter Bypass Weir #5.
Complete E1. Develop and evaluate operational criteria and potential modifications to Butte Slough outfall.
Complete A9. Adjudicate water rights and provide water master service for the entire creek.
Ongoing A8. As available, acquire water rights as a part of the Western Canal Siphon project.
Complete A7. Remove McPherrin and McGowan dams and provide an alternate source of water as part of the Western Canal Dam removal and siphon construction.
Complete A6. Remove the Western Canal Dam and construct the Western Canal Siphon.
Complete A5. Install fish screens on both diversions at Durham Mutual Dam.
Complete A4. Build a new high water volume fish ladder at Durham Mutual Dam.
Ongoing A3. Purchase existing water rights from willing sellers.
Complete A24. Establish operational criteria for Nelson Slough.
Complete A23. Establish operational criteria for the East Barrow pit and West Barrow pit.
Complete A22. Establish operational criteria for Sanborn Slough Bifurcation.
Complete A21. Develop a watershed management program.
Complete A20. Install fish screens and fish ladder at Parrott-Phelan Diversion Dam.
Complete A2. Maintain a minimum 40 cfs instream flow below Centerville Diversion Dam.
Complete A19. Develop land use plans that create buffer zones between the creek and agricultural, urban, and industrial developments; and restore, maintain, and protect riparian and spring-run chinook salmon summer-holding habitat along Butte Creek.
Ongoing A18. Install a high water volume fish ladder at White Mallard Dam.
Not Addressed A17. Install screened portable pumps in Butte Creek as an alternative to the Little Dry Creek diversion.
Complete A16. Rebuild and maintain existing culvert and riser at Drumheller Slough outfall.
Complete A15. Eliminate chinook salmon stranding at White Mallard Duck Club outfall.
Ongoing A14. Install a fish screen at White Mallard Dam.
Complete A13. Install a fish screen on the Gorrill Dam diversion.
Complete A12. Build a new high water volume fish ladder at Gorrill Dam.
Complete A11. Install fish screens on both diversions at Adams Dam.
Complete A10. Build a new high water volume fish ladder at Adams Dam.
Complete A1. Obtain additional instream flows from Parrott-Phelan Diversion.

Photos

Butte Creek Butte Creek map Butte Creek Spring Run Butte Creek Watershed Conservancy Butte Creek watershed group meeting Butte Sink/Sutter Bypass Butte Slough Completed Sutter Bypass East-West Diversion Weir Drumheller Slough weir Fish ladder and screens on Durham Mutual Diversion Keeney Property Keeney Property McAmis property McAmis property aerial photo Migration barrier on Butte Creek public meeting Quartz Bowl Rotary Screw Trapping Salmonid alevins Sanborn Sink Bifurcation Drain Sanborn Slough Bifurcation Sanborn Slough Bifurcation Weir Stakeholder meeting Sutter Bypass East-West Diversion Weir Sutter Bypass structure Sutter Bypass weir Sutter Bypass weir Sutter Bypass weir Sutter Bypass weir Water intake White Mallard Dam Construction Site