Jordan Traverso, DFG Communications, (916) 654-9937
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is seeking proposals for methodologies to determine necessary flows for anadromous fish in the Scott and Shasta watersheds.
This week, DFG has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) asking for the identification of data needs and the development of methodologies necessary to determine suitable stream flows to maintain anadromous fish populations in these watersheds.
The document is now available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/news/pubnotice.
The RFP is driven by concerns over ongoing declines in the populations of salmonid species, especially coho salmon. DFG’s pursuit of its natural resource stewardship mission includes ensuring that habitats are maintained at levels adequate for the long-term health of anadromous fish populations and coho salmon recovery.
Through this RFP process, a grant will fund a contractor to develop study plans for each watershed using a multidisciplinary, transparent and collaborative process. The study plans will be used as the road map for future habitat and stream flow assessments.
Coordination with local landowners and other stakeholders will be critical in laying the groundwork for the future identification of stream flows that will improve conditions for anadromous salmonids. The process will be collaborative and will include the best available, pertinent science and input opportunities for stakeholders and the public.