California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fish Passage Improvement Program

Millville Diversion Dam on Clover Creek

Millville Diversion Dam on Clover Creek, tributary to Cow Creek, in Shasta County (2012)
Photo by Nancy Snodgrass, Department of Water Resources

Location: Project locations include Bear Creek, Clover Creek, Deer Creek, Sacramento River, and the Yuba River in the Sacramento River Watershed, and the Calaveras River in the San Joaquin River Watershed.

Total Project Cost: $1.307 Million State (Ecosystem Restoration Program)

Partners: California Department of Water Resources, CDFW, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Fish Passage Forum, CalFish, local agencies and landowners

Project Summary: The Fish Passage Improvement Program (FPIP) is an interdisciplinary team of biologists and engineers that identify and evaluate the potential to modify or remove structures that impede the migration of anadromous fish within the Central Valley. FPIP works to further fish passage projects on streams, creeks and rivers in the Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) focus area that have ERP fish passage goals. FPIP staff performs fish passage assessments, stream habitat assessments, hydraulic modeling and more in order to develop conceptual and preliminary designs. When implemented these fish passage projects will open up instream habitat that was partially or completely unavailable to Central Valley spring-run and fall-run Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead. Over 50 miles of instream habitat could become more accessible to these species if all the projects identified in the proposal move forward.

Visit DWR’s website for more information on the Fish Passage Improvement Program