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Informational meeting Wednesday on plans to restore habitat along Sacramento River

Chico Enterprise-Record - April 24, 2004
 
 Plans are in the works to restore habitat and look at solutions for the Princeton, Cordora, Glenn and Provident Irrigation District (PCGID) irrigation intake points along the Sacramento River.
 
 River Partners, a nonprofit group that has done restoration projects on about 3,000 acres in Northern California, is hosting a public input meeting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Glenn Pheasant Hunting Center, 1522 Highway 45, in Glenn.
 
 With CalFed funding, the group is working on studies to look at river to meander. The PCGID for example, recently completed an $11 million fish screen project along the river at their pumping plant, but if the river moves, that infrastructure could be at risk of not working properly.
 
 Dan Efseaff of River Partners said there is also wildlife property, the Llano Seco Wildlife Refuge, across the river so the study is trying to find a solution that helps both irrigators and wildlife.
 
 In 2001 River Partners received a grant to buy 258 acres north of Butte City. Currently most of the property remains in agricultural production and 27 acres of existing riparian forest.
 
 Looking at the area, there will need to be studies as to how wildlife responds to erosion and sedimentation.
 
 "There's a lot of guessing that happens on the Sacramento River," Efseaff said.
 
 He said the studies will look at how different types of restoration plantings can affect the flows of the water, in other words, where the river moves.
 
 Rather than only consider reinforcing banks with rock, which can add hydrological pressure somewhere else on the River, Efseaff said they want to look at ways to maintain the bank's stability in the least ecologically damaging way.
 
 "I think we will get a lot of interest," he said. "All of us are looking forward to the solution."
 
 The project area is located near the intersection of County Road 44 and Highway 45.
 
 "The project provides a unique opportunity to address multiple concerns in an open, collaborative, science-based effort. The purpose of this public meeting is to provide information on the feasibility studies and to help identify issues that the project team should consider during the studies," he said.
 
 Representatives from will include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, PCGID and the technical team
 
 For more information, call Efseaff at 894-5401 or visit www.riverpartners.org. #