California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project

pre- and post-project comparison of the fish ladder at North Battle Creek Feeder

Pre-Project (Top) and Post Project (Bottom) photo comparison of the fish ladder at North Battle Creek Feeder
Pre-Project photo by Suzanne Turek, CDFW
Post-Project photo by Bureau of Reclamation

Location: Battle Creek, tributary to the Sacramento River, Shasta and Tehama Counties

Total Project Cost: : $130.40 million: $48.74 million Federal (including $31.32 million from CalFed in 1999), $58.11 million State (including $30.18 from ERP) and $23.55 million Private

Partners: Bureau of Reclamation, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CDFW, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Project Summary: The purpose of the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project (Restoration Project) is to restore and increase the populations of State and Federally listed winter -and spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead to cold-water and high-elevation habitats. Historically, Battle Creek was one of the most important Chinook salmon spawning streams in the Sacramento Valley. The Restoration Project is being accomplished through the modification of the Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project facilities and operations, owned and operated by PG&E. This includes increasing instream flow releases, removing five diversion dams, constructing fish ladders and fish screens on three diversion dams, and constructing tailrace connectors to minimize the diversion of water from the North Fork of Battle Creek to the South Fork. Once all three phases are complete, the Restoration Project will restore approximately 42 miles of highly prized habitat in Battle Creek and an additional 6 miles of habitat in its tributaries.

Phase 1A Activities:

  • Install fish screens and ladders at the North Battle Creek feeder and Eagle Canyon diversion dams
  • Remove Wildcat diversion dam and appurtenant conveyance system
  • Construct a fish barrier on Baldwin Creek as Asbury dam

Phase 1B Activities:

  • Install Inskip Powerhouse tailrace connector and bypass to Coleman canal

Phase 2 Activities:

  • Install a fish screen and ladder on Inskip diversion dam
  • Install a South Powerhouse tailrace connector to Inskip canal
  • Remove Lower Ripley Creek Feeder, Soap Creek Feeder, Coleman and South diversion dams and appurtenant conveyance systems

The Restoration Project meets ERP goals and objectives by supporting Chinook salmon and steelhead. Additionally, the project addresses and eliminates stressors relating to passage issues caused by diversion dams.

All phases of the Restoration Project are estimated to be completed by December 2015.

Visit the Bureau of Reclamation’s website for more information on the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project.