Funding for the Project will be use to complete stakeholder coordination, environmental permitting and compliance, and engineering designs for fish passage and screening improvements at the irrigation diversion operated by the Bend Water Users (BWU). The project will identify the best alternative to:
• Provide unimpeded adult and juvenile fish passage over a full range of flows through all of BWU’s diversion facilities meeting federal and state fish passage and screening criteria.
• Eliminate or minimize fish mortality in the diversion canal between the point of diversion and the existing fish screen, currently located 3,000 feet down the canal.
The Project goal is to design plans to restore fish passage at BWU’s diversion facilities and address mortality associated with the existing fish screen at the BWU diversion for the benefit of juvenile and adult Central Valley Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, and other aquatic species, while meeting the operational needs of BWU.
• Meet relevant CDFW and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) fish passage and screen criteria
• Comply with environmental review and permitting requirements for construction and operation of the new diversion facilities.
• Reach the intermediate (60%) design stage in time for 2019 applications for 2020 implementation funding
• Reach the construction-ready stage (100% designs, environmental compliance, and permits) in time for the 2020 construction season
• Create a draft operation and maintenance (O&M) manual to assist BWU with regular operation and maintenance of the diversion
Research/Planning (including Science)
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):