The Yuba River is one of California’s last refuges for spring-run Chinook salmon and provides drinking and agricultural water and recreation opportunities to surrounding communities.
However, two federal dams have damaged river health and blocked access to more than 120 miles of historic salmon and steelhead habitat for 70 years.
Unless the Army Corps of Engineers mandates that fish passage be provided at these dams, the Northern Sierra’s salmon and steelhead will edge closer to extinction.
Tell the Army Corps to provide fish passage at the dams to help save the important salmon and steelhead runs.
The Corps of Engineers owns and operates Daguerre Point Dam and Englebright Dam, located at approximately 12 miles and 24 miles, respectively, upstream from the confluence of the Feather River. The Corps has recognized that the antiquated fish ladders at Daguerre Point Dam cause "take" of listed species and are unable to adequately allow fish passage during the majority of their migration. Furthermore, fish that successfully migrate above Daguerre Point are completely blocked from more than 100 miles of historic and suitable salmon habitat by Englebright Dam. In their draft Recovery Plan for endangered salmonids in the Central Valley, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) prioritized passage above the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Englebright Dam on the Yuba as the primary recovery action in the Northern Sierra region necessary to avert extinction of Spring-run Chinook.
Currently, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is actively reviewing four hydropower licenses within the Yuba River basin, including two licensees currently operating hydropower facilities and re-regulating outlets at Englebright Dam. Adequate volitional fish passage, or possible dam removal, that walks these species back from the edge of extinction by reuniting them with their habitat should be a shared responsibility, with the Corps taking a lead role in protecting these federally threatened fish. I urge you to complete a job that was begun in 1998: determine and implement the most effective fish passage solution for the two Corps dams on the Yuba River.
Thank you for considering my request.