Thanks to your support, in late April, WaterWatch was able to leverage another $79,000 for the second and final phase of this project. Now, we're on the verge of completing the project and securing major benefits for the Rogue River and its fish. This summer, we expect to have contractors install the remaining pipe and complete construction of the fish exclusion device at the Gold Hill Irrigation District Diversion dam to complete this improtant project for the Rogue's fish.
Once completed the project will prevent fish from entering the district's diversion and give the district control over the amount of water that enters its system. This will leave more water in the Rogue River and help solve one of the major fish passage problems on the main stem Rogue River.
Please help us complete this project to protect migratory and resident fish and leave more water in the Rogue River.
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Phase I of the project is now complete and is already providing benefits to irrigation district patrons, the Rogue River and its fish. The first phase of the project installed a new headgate and fish exclusion system at the top of the irrigation district canal as well as 380 feetof pipe to replace the open canal diversion. In the fall of 2014, we rescued stranded fish and completed the first part of construction at the project.
Now, pending funding, Phase II will install and bury another 700 feet of pipe, install a measuring device and complete the project. Some grant proposals are pending that, if successful will provide some funding to complete the project. Many organizations and anglers are supporting the project. If funding is secured, Phase II should be completed in 2015.
When completed, this project will benefit the patrons of the irrigation district, leave more water in the Rogue River, and help the Rogue's fish.