Sherman Island “Little Baja and Manzo Ranch” Fish Release Sites
This project constructs two additional fish release facilities to add to the existing four fish release sites in the western Delta and will be operated jointly by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation). Joint operation includes testing various release site rotation schemes that incorporates both the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP) releases sites (6 total). Through coordinated efforts between DWR and Reclamation District No. 341 (District), levee and road improvements were constructed as an integral part of the construction of these fish release projects.
The objective of the project is to design and construct fish release facilities to reduce predation and improve survival of salvaged fish. A specific design criterion to meet the objective is to minimize underwater structure that could accumulate debris which, in turn, could serve as predator habitat. The project closeout procedures and site restoration activities will be completed by December 2020.
To comply with the requirements of Actions IV.4.3 (3) and (4), contained in the Reasonable Prudent Alternatives of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Biological Opinion on the Long-term Operations of the CVP and SWP (June 2009). Action IV.4.3 (3) requires Release Site Studies on reduced predation at the “end of the pipe” and Action IV.4.3 (4) requires a 50% reduction in predation rates at the release sites.
The overall goal of the project is to reduce predation on salvaged fish from the John E. Skinner Delta Fish Protective Facility and to increase salvaged fish survival rates.
January 2013 – Begin Preliminary Design
July 2015 – Plans and Specifications Review Completed
August 2015 – Permits Completed
March to October 2018 – Levee and Road Improvements Completed
March 2018 – Fish Facilities Completion
June 2018 – Fish Release Facility As-Built Drawings Completion
December 2020 – Site restoration Activities Completion
- Multiple Divisions and Offices within DWR
Division of Environmental Services
Division of Engineering
Division of Operation and Maintenance
Division of Flood Management
- Reclamation District 341
Central Valley Fish Facilities Review Team (includes NMFS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Reclamation)
Key features of the project site map include the Little Baja and Manzo Ranch fish release sites, access gates, project footprint, temporary and permanent County road realignment, and primary and secondary staging and spoil sites for construction activities.