Escalon Times —
NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fisheries has approved a final Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), sponsored by Stockton East Water District (Stockton East), for the Calaveras River. The plan is designed to protect threatened fish species while also providing long-term security for crucial water operations through 2070. As part of this long-term agreement, NOAA fisheries has issued a 50-year Incidental Take Permit (ITP) for the operations and maintenance of Stockton East facilities on the river. In turn, Stockton East has committed to an array of conservation actions to benefit fish populations on the Calaveras River over that time period.
The Water District is proud that the Calaveras River supports a healthy steelhead population, said General Manager Scot A. Moody.
“The District is thrilled that it can support the fishery while at the same time protecting the needs of our agricultural and municipal water users,” Moody said. “We’re making a commitment, and we get some certainty in return.”