The reaches of Deer Creek that flows through the Sierra Nevada foothills contain high-quality spawning and rearing habitat for Spring-run Chinok salmon. To migrate to and form thish upstream reach, adult and juvenile salmon must pass through the Stanford-Vina Ranch irrigation Company diversion dam. The existing fish ladders on the dam do not meet current CDFW or National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) standards. Funding for this Project will be used to improve and provide unimpeded passage and migration to cold water spawning habitat in the Deer Creek headwaters that meets CDFW and NMFS guildlines for spring-run Chinook Salmon and other aquatic species.
The Project objective is to improve passage at the Stanford-Vina Diversion Dam for adult and juvenile salmonids and other aquatic species by completing engineering designs and permitting requirements for a preferred alternative passage structure.
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):