Fish Need Help
The California Department of Fish and Game and several fishery groups petitioned for mitigation measures on PG&E's DeSabla Centerville Project #803 in the late 1970's and early 80's. They got almost nothing! In the early 90's DFG and Fish and wildlife Service requested flows up to the natural inflow of Butte Creek below Centerville head dam. FERC only required PG&E to increase the minimum flow release to 40 cfs and still the fish responded like nobody would have believed. Just add water! Now that the spring run salmon have demonstrated their resiliency, protections need to be established to ensure the maximum survival. Here is a list of mitigations from those documents that should be required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Please send letters to FERC at the address belowasking that they help restore the Butte Creek fishery by requiring the following mitigations for the loss of 30,000+ trout (aka steelhead) and several thousand spring run salmon. PG&E successfully negotiated their way out of any significant requirements to mitigate these losses. The fish have suffered to this day.
In addition, flows, temperature and dissolved oxygen need to be monitored in all anadromous fish holding, spawning and rearing areas to maintain the fish in good condition. Canals may be used to rear the above mentioned native Butte Creek salmon and steelhead for planting in the stream.
Please send your comments to:
Friends of Butte Creek
PO Box 3305
Chico, CA 95927
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