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City of Chico to upgrade water drainage sites in Upper Park

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Upper Bidwell Park

CHICO, Calif. - The City of Chico is about to begin upgrading water drainage at 43 sites in Upper Bidwell Park.

Money from the state water board would fund the work which aims to stop sediment drainage into Big Chico Creek affecting water flow and salmon populations. 

It will also make it easier for first responders to get deeper into the park.

When the work starts in mid-July, the road to access places like Bear Hole will be intermittently closed to vehicles.

Crews will also remove a grove of 10 California Foothill Pine trees.

Some parking upgrades are planned for areas like Salmon Hole.

The city does plan to eventually start charging a parking fee but there's no set date for that.

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