Altering Federal CVP Power Operations to Accommodate Fisheries' Survival on the Sacramento River

by Joseph Ungvari, Area Power Administration, Sacramento, United States,
Glen Youman, Area Power Administration, Sacramento, United States,
David Coleman, Area Power Administration, Sacramento, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources


Balancing the needs of the river users, water and power users, and the fishery needs is a formidable task requiring sacrifices by all the users particularly during this time of drought in California. These drought conditions have existed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley since 1986 further stressing the already reduced salmon populations. In order to help insure the survival of the salmon populations during the drought, releases of water have been made from Shasta Dam through lower elevation outlets (bypassing generators) to provide colder water for spawning and hatching of the salmon eggs. This paper describes how Western Area Power Administration has assisted the Department of Interior from an energy replacement standpoint; emphasized and encouraged energy conservation; and assisted in the development of a long term plan to address Sacramento River fishery protection.

Subject Headings: Droughts | Federal government | Fish management | Rivers and streams | Water conservation | Water resources | Economic factors | High-rise buildings | California | United States

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