Yuba River Habitat Restoration Agreement
A framework agreement between Yuba Water Agency and state and federal agencies details one of the most ambitious watershed recovery efforts in California, which will also safeguard water supplies from the Yuba River for decades to come.
The agreement was announced during a joint press conference held on the lower Yuba River in Yuba County with California Governor Gavin Newsom, California Department of Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot, Director of California Department of Fish and Wildlife Chuck Bonham, Cathy Marcinkevage, the assistant regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region, and Willie Whittlesey, general manager of Yuba Water.
|An aerial photo of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Daguerre Point Dam and Yuba Water's south canal diversion on the lower Yuba River. The new channel will be located on the right side of the dam.||A rendering of the new channel resembling a natural river that salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and lamprey can follow to get around Daguerre Point Dam to reach more than 10 miles of healthy spawning habitat in the lower Yuba River.|
The agencies are prepared to hit the ground running by immediately initiating implementation of the agreement with the goal of reintroducing spring-run Chinook salmon in the North Yuba River by 2025. In combination, the actions in the restoration plan represent an unprecedented effort to improve habitat conditions and contribute to the recovery of historic fish runs to this watershed.
CDFW, Yuba Water Agency and NOAA Fisheries expect to finalize a settlement based on the framework agreement by the end of 2023.