Event Date: November 20, 2018
Purpose: To do all the field work necessary to prepare the rice fields to be fish-friendly and to clean out the drainage channel leading out of the fields to provide good water flow for the salmon as they are headed towards the Tule Canal.
A critical feature of this project is “volitional passage” from the winter flooded rice field to the Sacramento River. The young salmon will swim out through a concrete outflow box with a large plastic pipe on the back end. Once through the pipe, the fish will slow swiftly down to the Tule Canal in route to the Sacramento River. Here are pictures of the outflow box, channel and the Tule Canal along. Also included is a video of the Jesse Clark, another heavy equipment operator for the project, carefully preparing the channel for fish passage. He was really focused on making sure the young salmon will have successful passage from the rice field to the Tule Canal.