Under the water district’s Fish and Aquatic Habitat Collaborative Effort (FAHCE), Stevens Creek has been identified as one of the prime steelhead habitats within the county. Improving fish passage within the Stevens Creek corridor will promote and enhance the existence of steelhead and other salmonid species.
Project scope of work/goals:
There are two components to the project. The first one is to evaluate the feasibility of removing or replacing each of the three fish barriers at Moffett Boulevard, Evelyn Avenue and Fremont Avenue. The objective is to improve the functionality of fish passage at each site while maintaining or improving the stream functions.
The second component to the project is to determine if a pilot multi-port structure could be constructed near the Stevens Creek Dam structure, within Stevens Creek Reservoir. The outlet structure at the dam would optimize the outflow of water from the dam at various levels, while maintaining suitable temperature requirements for fish habitat. The goal is to maximize water release during summer months, while maintaining a target water temperature immediately downstream of Interstate 280.
The project is currently in the planning phase. We will continue to work with interest groups and the community throughout the project to identify the most suitable alternatives and to meet the critical needs of the surrounding habitat.
For more information about this project, contact Ted Ibarra, Project Manager, Santa Clara Valley Water District, at (408) 265-2607, ext. 2067.
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