Congressman John Garamendi Urges U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Include Step Pool Alternative at Daguerre Point Dam
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), who represents the majority of the lower Yuba River, submitted public comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. The study, which was authorized by Congress, looked at various projects to improve the lower Yuba River ecosystem. In its draft report, the Army Corps of Engineers suggested various habitat restoration projects along the river corridor. Garamendi’s comments urged the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider the decision to not include the construction of a step pool at Daguerre Point Dam.
A step pool at Daguerre Point Dam would include a series of concrete steps that cascade away from the downstream side of the dam. Each step would allow a place for migrating fish to rest on their journey over the dam and would eliminate the “plunge pool” that currently exists at the bottom of the dam, posing a serious risk to kayakers, swimmers and the public.
“There is no question that modifying Daguerre to include a step pool would greatly improve public safety at the dam. There have been numerous accidents and fatalities at the dam since it was built in the early 20th century – a fact that I am continually reminded of by my constituents in the area. Most recently, an Air Force Chief and his stepson tragically drowned at Daguerre in 2011.” said Garamendi.
“Additionally, restoring the Yuba River to mitigate the damage done by decades of irresponsible hydraulic mining is one of my key priorities,” said Garamendi. “Modification of Daguerre is a critical component of restoration efforts. I strongly believe that a step pool at Daguerre Point Dam should be a part of any solution.”
Garamendi’s public comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can be found here.