Western Shasta Resource Conservation District 


Kapusta 1a Side Channel Now Open!

By Harmony Gugino, Project Manager, 4-27-18

In late April, flows from the Sacramento River came rushing in to the new Kapusta 1a side channel at river mile 288. What an exciting moment to witness! Check out our video.

Since that time, post-construction monitoring has begun, with eight fall-run Chinook salmon juveniles observed in the new side channel only five days after being opened. Over the next one plus years, the Upper Sacramento River Restoration Team will be observing channel function, habitat conditions and use by fish species. Finishing touches on the project will be completed by June, with final rock placement along the channel, closing up the temporary access road, and adding several more native riparian plants.

The project was completed by Mike Michalak owner of the The Fly Shop with funding and technical support from the Bureau of Reclamation through their commitments under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/). WSRCD Project Manager Harmony Gugino nurtured it to fruition with the diligent help of Project Coordinator, Jan Raether, and designs provided by California Department of Water Resources engineer Nancy Snodgrass and with a myriad of other people over the last 5 years or so advising and working towards this day.

Why Side Channels?

Here are some links with information on the benefits of side channel and floodplain habitat for our treasured and imperiled salmon species:

https://www.calsalmon.org/…/fi…/Good_Habitat_Bad_Habitat.pdf

http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/…/floodplains_fact_…

Team Kapusta with flowing channel entrance in the background

Where the side-channel exits to the Sacramento River


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