The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.
Helping to improve spawning habitat for steelhead and salmon in the Feather River, DWR’s Oroville Field Division engineers and biologists wrapped up the Feather River Gravel Supplementation and Improvement Project downstream of Oroville Dam, near the Feather River Fish Hatchery. Part of the 2006 Settlement Agreement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for DWR’s Oroville Facilities, the project adds clean spawning gravel at key locations, recontours the riffles and reconnects a side channel with the lower Feather River. Along the Feather River’s mile 66 and 67, 8,300 cubic yards of spawning gravel has been added to five spawning sites -- Moe’s Side Channel, Cottonwood, Hatchery, Upper Auditorium, and Auditorium riffles.
Photos by: Kelly Grow / DWR Photography | Spotlight Archive