Yuba River Canyon Restoration Project

In 2018, The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Anadromous Fish Restoration Program (AFRP) in partnership with ESA will implement The Yuba River Canyon Project to increase spawning success and enhance juvenile rearing of the Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon evolutionarily significant unit (ESU) (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). The project, funded by USFWS through the Anadromous Fish Restoration Program, will also benefit the Central Valley steelhead distinct population segment (DPS) (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and the Central Valley fall run Chinook salmon ESU (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha).

The current condition of the project site inhibits the natural meander of the river and reduces the quality of salmon spawning habitat. The topographic manipulation and spawning gravel replenishment activities will increase the quality and availability of spawning areas for salmonids by providing increased areas with spawning gravels within the appropriate size range (and by removing shot-rock); increasing availability of spawning habitat; improving gravel permeability and water quality; and decreasing the likelihood of redd (nest) superimposition.

The project has been developed in cooperation with willing landowners and is located on the Yuba River immediately downstream of Englebright Dam on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, approximately 11 miles west of Grass Valley, California. The project site extends into two counties, Yuba and Nevada, generally separated by the Yuba River. 

For more information about this project please check out the Environmental Assessment/Initial Study or contact Paul Cadrett, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 850 S. Guild Avenue, Suite 105, Lodi, CA  95240-3188, (209) 334-2968 ext. 312