Friday November 18, 2022

Red Bluff Daily News

The city of Redding Kapusta Open Space, at the end of Latona Road off Highway 273, will be closed for the construction of a Salmon Restoration Project. The project is expected to be complete by Saturday, Dec. 31.

The Kapusta 1B Side Channel Project is one of many projects funded under a $10 million grant under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to restore fish habitat for critically endangered winter-run chinook salmon. Over a five-year period, the grant will help restore 47.3 acres of juvenile salmon habitat and 4.3 acres of spawning habitat in various locations along the upper Sacramento River.

“Restoring the salmonid fish habitat has many environmental, economic, and recreational benefits for our region,” says Sacramento River Forum Project Biologist Aurelia Gonzalez.

The project incorporates a 2,150 ft-long side channel connected to the Sacramento River for fish habitat, which will resemble past side-channel projects, including Nur Pon Open Space, Lake California, and Anderson River Park. The design is specifically focused on restoring juvenile fish habitat for critically endangered winter-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) but will also provide the hydraulic and structural characteristics suitable for various salmonid species throughout the year.

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