Statement from GGSA President regarding the 6/1/12 Bureau of Reclamation announcement

Here is a statement from Golden Gate Salmon Association President Victor Gonella regarding the Bureau of Reclamation’s 6/1/12 announcement today of the closure of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Cross Channel Gates (full Bureau announcement below):

“The Golden Gate Salmon Association is glad the Cross Channel Gates will be closed for 10 to 14 days because baby fall run king salmon are currently migrating from the Sacramento River to the ocean. When the gates are open, these baby salmon are sucked off their natural migration course and most die. State and federal authorities should give serious consideration to keeping these gates closed until mid-June every year to rebuild the commercially valuable fall run salmon. Currently the gates are closed by law from February 1 to May 15 every year, and sometimes longer, to protect winter and spring run salmon which are both listed under the Endangered Species Act. The state and federal governments are both required under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to take steps to double the salmon population until there are an average of just under one million naturally spawning salmon. Closing the Cross Channel Gates until June 15 every year, and again for a period in October when adult fish return to spawn would be a reasonable thing to do to help achieve the salmon goal.”

To speak with a GGSA representative, please call (855)251-GGSA (4472).

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Mid-Pacific Region
Sacramento, CA

MP-12-089

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100, plucero@usbr.gov

For Release On: June 1, 2012

Reclamation Announces Closure of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Cross Channel Gates for Repair of Mechanical Problems

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Reclamation announced today that it will close both gates on the Delta Cross Channel on Monday, June 4, 2012, for a period of 10 to 14 days, in order to repair a mechanical problem that occurred when operators attempted to close the gates on May 29, 2012.

Engineers will close the gates beginning at about 5 p.m. on Monday.
The public is being asked to avoid the gate area, located in Walnut Grove, California, during the closure process that may take longer than usual. Reclamation will provide information on the status of the repair and gate operations as the information becomes available.

The channel, a feature of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project Delta Division, is used to divert Sacramento River water into a branch of the Mokelumne River. The gates are normally raised on weekends for passage of boats but the closure is expected to affect only the weekend of June 9-10. For additional information on the channel, please visit Reclamation’s Central Valley Operation Office website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo.

Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov.

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