Each year, the Water Forum works to create habitat for salmon and steelhead to return to during their annual migration. Fall-run Chinook salmon migrate to the Lower American River as adults to spawn from October through December. In the egg-laying process, females create a “nest” (called a redd) in loose gravel in flowing water, depositing their eggs and then covering them up with more gravel. Once hatched, young salmon move to the river’s shallow, slower moving areas to find protection from predators and grow before swimming back out to the Pacific Ocean.
Both were locations of previous Water Forum habitat work, implemented approximately 10 years ago, that benefitted from a “tune up” because these areas are heavily utilized by spawning fish every year. Although it has been altered to serve human needs for water supply and flood control, the Lower American is still a living and dynamic river, and continued gravel movement is part of a natural process. Since dams block new gravels from coming into the lower river, and existing river gravels keep moving downstream as the river flows, it’s important to keep replenishing spawning gravels for adult fish and add rearing habitat elements that support young fish, too.
- Watch a recording of the Virtual Information Session hosted on June 13, 2022, here.
- 2022 Habitat Projects Fact Sheet
- 2022 Habitat Projects Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What is the plan for restoring the staging areas and pre-existing trails impacted by the Habitat Project at Lower Sailor Bar?
- Reach the project team at (916) 808-1997 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn about the Water Forum’s previous restoration projects here.
- Learn about the 2021 Habitat Project at Ancil Hoffman in Carmichael here.
- Safe habitat in progress for salmon and steelhead in the Lower American River (KCRA 3 story) (8/17/22)
- Projects to Restore Native Fish Population (Fox 40) (8/17/22)
- Salmon Project (CBS 13) (8/17/22)
- Projects are revving up (Carmichael Times) (9/2/22)
- Sailor Bar projects rev up (Grapevine Independent) (9/1/22)
- Facebook Live video (KCRA 3 Live Copter) (8/5/22)
Thank You Funding Partners!
These projects are made possible by grant funding from the California Natural Resources Agency (Proposition 68) and the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) and through partnerships with the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SAFCA, Sacramento County Regional Parks