The Anadromous Fish Restoration Program

Feather 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 86,028       170,000       93,708       7,680       8.9      
WATERSHED STATISTICS ANADROMOUS HABITAT COORDINATORS
  Watershed area:   3,676 square miles
  Watershed Priority:  not designated
  Total storage:  5,178,000 acre-feet
  Historic:   211 miles  
  Current:   64 miles  ( 30.3 %)
     Mike Healey
     Beth Campbell
RESTORATION
  Projected number of restoration projects:   >4   Projected total cost of restoration:   $1,619,000.00
  Total invested to date:  AFRP    $0.00  other    $0.00

Actions and Evaluations

Status Description
Ongoing E9. Identify and implement actions that maintain mean daily water temperatures between 61ºF and 65ºF for at least one month from April 1 to June 30 for American shad spawning, consistent with actions to protect chinook salmon and steelhead and when hydrologic conditions are adequate to minimize adverse effects to water supply operations.
Ongoing E8. Determine the effects of poaching and fishing on the number of spawning white sturgeon and green sturgeon.
Ongoing E7. Identify white sturgeon and green sturgeon spawning sites and evaluate the availability and use by adult sturgeon of spawning habitat.
Ongoing E6. Identify the extent of white sturgeon and green sturgeon entrainment at diversions and pumps and reduce or eliminate entrainment if found to be substantial.
Ongoing E5. Identify and remove physical and water quality barriers that impede access for white sturgeon and green sturgeon to spawning habitat or facilitate passage around these barriers.
Ongoing E4. Identify and attempt to maintain adequate flows and temperatures for white sturgeon and green sturgeon migration, spawning, incubation and rearing from February to May, consistent with actions to protect chinook salmon and steelhead and when hydrologic conditions are adequate to minimize adverse effects to water supply operations.
Ongoing E3. Evaluate the distribution of Feather River Fish Hatchery Chinook salmon in Central Valley stocks and determine the genetic integrity of Feather River spring-run chinook salmon.
Ongoing E2. Evaluate the quality of spawning gravel in areas used by chinook salmon, and if indicated, consider gravel renovation or supplementation to enhance substrate quality.
Not Addressed E1. Evaluate the response of spawning salmonids to increased flows in the low-flow channel.
Ongoing A3. Develop and utilize a temperature model as a tool for river management.
Not Addressed A2. Improve flows for American shad migration, spawning, incubation and rearing from April to June, consistent with actions to protect chinook salmon and steelhead and when hydrologic conditions are adequate to minimize adverse effects to water supply operations.
Ongoing A1. Supplement flows with water acquired from willing sellers consistent with applicable guidelines or negotiate agreements to improve conditions for all life history stages of fall- and spring-run chinook salmon and steelhead.

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