The Kirk Diversion Dam is located on Los Gatos Creek in the town of Los Gatos about 2,000-feet northwest of the intersection of Highways 85 and 17. The Kirk-Page turnout that controls diversion of the water is located on the east bank of Los Gatos Creek, about 70-feet upstream of the dam.
In December, the water district completed a project that installed a more efficient inflatable system at the site, making it easier for its field crews to provide flood protection and save water for groundwater recharge. The work also included the installation of two fish screens at the Kirk-Page turnout to protect fish, frogs and turtles from being entrained at the Kirk and Page Recharge systems.
The $810,000 project replaced an existing steel-paneled flashboard dam, which held back water in the channel to replenish the groundwater basin. Water from the Dam diverts to the Kirk and Page recharge facilities year-round except during periods when it’s expected Lexington Reservoir spills. At that time, the district would remove the diversion dam improve conveyance of high flows through the dam site.
Completion of the project accomplishes the following objectives:
Preserves the district’s ability to exercise its water rights consistent with board policy EL-7.6
Maximizes the use of the dam without increasing the risk of flooding consistent with board policy E-2.2
Minimizes exposure of staff to a potentially hazardous environment during removal and reinstallation of the dam.
Performs operations and maintenance in a more environmentally sensitive manner by minimizing the need for construction equipment or activities in streams and entrainment of aquatic species in recharge systems consistent with board policy E-1.
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