Email to Yuba-River-Eco-Study@usace.army.mil
February 23, 2018
Alicia Kirchner, Chief
US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District
Attention: Planning Division
1325 J Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Ms. Kirchner,
I live in the Yuba River watershed/recreate in the Yuba River watershed/am a member of SYRCL- The South Yuba River Citizens League/other and am writing to provide comments on the Draft Interim Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment for the Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study released by the Army Corps in January 2018.
Points that can be made:
- Englebright Dam blocks access for Chinook Spring-Run (an endangered species), fall-run, and steelhead (threatened) to the upper portions of the watershed to spawn.
- Daguerre Point Dam impedes fish passage for Chinook, steelhead, and sturgeon.
- That the Army Corps is the only entity with jurisdiction or authority to address fish passage at Englebright and Daguerre Point Dams.
- The Army Corps is responsible for fish passage at Englebright Dam and Daguerre Point Dam.
- Fish populations in the Yuba River watershed are struggling because they do not have access to their historic spawning grounds.
- That habitat restoration is very important, but that the Army Corps should focus its efforts on improving the facilities it owns and is responsible for.
- A fish passage project at Daguerre and/or Englebright will have long lasting benefits for salmon. Habitat restoration projects can be “blown out” in a single storm.
- Why are Salmon fish passage and the Yuba River important to you?
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