Bear River (Dry Creek) Fish Barrier Removal Project, Beale Air Force Base, California
To help U.S. Air Force and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service achieve their goals of increasing the natural production of anadromous fish in Central Valley streams and meet the goals of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’ Anadromous Fish Restoration Program, EA and Granite Construction teamed to provide permitting and construction services in support of the removal of two fish passage barriers on and near Beale Air Force Base, Yuba County, California. The project will restore 15 miles of fish passage for anadromous salmonids including fall-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and federally threatened Central Valley steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) where they have been presumed absent for 75 years. Additionally, the project will place spawning-grade gravel at four locations upstream of Beale Air Force Base in the Spenceville Wildlife Area to improve spawning conditions for salmonids that are now able to access the upper reaches of Dry Creek.