The FAHCE process aims at resolving a water right complaint before the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) filed by the Guadalupe-Coyote Resource Conservation District (GCRCD). The FAHCE process is expressed in the 2003 Settlement Agreement (SA) initialed by the district, GCRCD, Trout Unlimited, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), collectively referred to as the Initialing Parties.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) in support of the FAHCE Fish Habitat Restoration Plan for the Three Creeks watersheds - Guadalupe River, Coyote Creek, and Stevens Creek - for which the district holds water rights licenses.
The Settlement Agreement included the development and implementation of a fish habitat restoration plan, which was intended to identify specific and programmatic actions to support the overall management objectives to “restore and maintain healthy steelhead trout and salmon populations as appropriate to each of the Three Creeks, by providing
(A) suitable spawning and rearing habitat within each watershed
(B) adequate passage for adult steelhead trout and salmon to reach suitable spawning and rearing habitat and for out-migration of juveniles.”
The plan proposes modifications to district reservoir operations and programmatic actions to improve, as appropriate, habitat conditions in the Three Creeks area. Biological monitoring and an adaptive management plan are also proposed to ensure management objectives are met.
For information on this project, please contact Senior Project Manager Sarah Young, 408-630-2468.