The open space in the town of Redding Kapusta at the end of Latona Road off Highway 273 will be closed for construction of a salmon restoration project. The project is expected to be completed by Saturday, December 31.
The Kapusta 1B Side Channel project is one of several projects funded through a $10 million grant under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to restore fish habitat for critically endangered Chinook salmon in ‘extinction. Over a five-year period, the grant will help restore 47.3 acres of juvenile salmon habitat and 4.3 acres of spawning habitat at various locations along the upper Sacramento River.
“Salmonid habitat restoration has many environmental, economic and recreational benefits for our region,” says Aurelia Gonzalez, Sacramento River Forum project biologist.
The project includes a 2,150 foot long side channel connected to the Sacramento River for fish habitat, which will resemble past side channel projects including Nur Pon Open Space, Lake California and Anderson River Park. The design is specifically focused on restoring juvenile fish habitat for the Critically Endangered Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), but will also provide the right hydraulic and structural features for various salmonid species throughout the year.
“The new fish channel project at Kapusta Open Space will not only improve the natural habitat for salmon and other wildlife, but will create more recreational opportunities for community members with the addition of new water access and informal trails. It’s an exciting addition to our park system and our city,” says Travis Menne, Community Projects Manager for the Town of Redding.
The Salmon Restoration Project is a joint effort between the US Bureau of Reclamation and the US Fish and Wildlife Service under a cooperative agreement with Chico State Enterprises, the nonprofit auxiliary of California State University, Chico, and project partners including Sacramento River Forum, California. Department of Water Resources, River Partners, Yurok Tribe and Tussing Ecological Sciences.