SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - A major fish restoration project is underway on private property near Cottonwood.
River Partners shared a video of new side channels that are being built to help the recovery of struggling wild salmon populations in the Sacramento River.
The side channel fish nurseries will provide high-quality rearing habitat and refuge for young salmon before they migrate out to the ocean, steelhead and trout will also benefit.
The Reading Island Side Channel Project will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.
This work involves crews from the Yurok Tribe Watershed Restoration Department. All of the equipment operators are Yurok Indians and all of the projects they do are for the benefit of healthy rivers and the species that depend upon them, in this case, Chinook salmon.
Another side channel project launches next month on public land, at Anderson River Park. That project will be built in phases and will take two to three years to complete.
In all, there will be six side channels built on the Upper Sacramento River, paid for by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
The work helps to meet the requirements of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and involves a network of partnerships.
for an overview map of completed and proposed program sites, click here.