The Salmonid Restoration Federation and Friends of Butte Creek are hosting the 8th Spring-run Chinook Symposium will take place July 26 - 28, 2016. The first day will be a full-day symposium at the Masonic Family Center in Chico, followed by two days of field tours.
The year's Symposium will highlight regional status reports on Spring-Run Chinook populations, instream flow studies and fish passage assessments, water conservation and transactions, and how to translate research and genetics into implementation and recovery actions.
Field tours will include visits to the legendary spawning grounds in Upper Butte Creek and PG&E’s hydroelectric retrofit projects; salmon and steelhead fish passage in Lower, Deer, Mill and Antelope Creek that have been prioritized for instream flow enhancement and fish passage projects; a Clear Creek Spring Chinook Restoration tour; and a tour of Lower Butte Creek Water Diversions.
This tour of Deer Creek and Mill Creek Restoration Projects will be led by a representative of The Nature Conservancy.
The tour visited sites proposed for improvements in the Deer Creek Flood Corridor Protection Project. This project will increase floodway width through setback levees and conservation easements to improve flood protection and ecosystem
function. Increasing the floodway width in this reach would provide a number of ecological benefits, including increased area for channel migration, ability for natural sediment transport and deposition that improves channel complexity
without damaging infrastructure, and increased area for riparian vegetation growth while maintaining flood conveyance; greater channel complexity and gravel size diversity via reduced water velocities and shear stress in the reach; more
confined low flow channel to improve adult salmonid fish passage and juvenile rearing habitat; and many others.
We will also visit areas in the creek where fish passage has been an issue and discussed the Deer Creek Flow Enhancement Program (DCFEP) where local irrigators provide bypass flows for fish during low flow conditions. The DCFEP is designed
to fulfill the water needs of local agriculture and domestic water users while achieving the fisheries flow objectives in Deer Creek and the groundwater protection requirements set forth by the Tehama County AB 3030 Groundwater Management
Field Trip Leaders:
Jay Stallman, Stillwater Sciences
Gregg Werner, The Nature Conservancy
Agenda - Thursday, July 28 Concurrent Field Tours
Clear Creek Spring Chinook Restoration Tour
Field Trip Leader:
Matt Brown, Clear Creek and Battle Creek Program, Red Bluff Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Instream Flow Evaluation of Upstream Spring-run Chinook Salmon Passage through Lower Butte Creek
Field Trip Leaders:
Bill Cowan, State Water Planning, Instream Flow Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Tracy McReynolds, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Clint Garman, California Department of Fish and Wildlife