The following report on the Temporary Barriers Project is for your information and action, as appropriate. This report will be transmitted whenever changes occur to the operation of the barriers, and as a result of modeling and/or field monitoring of water levels in the south Delta.
STATUS AS OF: August 19, 2010
Head of Old River (HOR) Barrier:
The spring Head of Old River rock barrier was not installed this season. Instead, as in 2009, a Non-Physical Barrier (NPB) was installed. Installation began April 5 and was completed on April 15. The operation of the NPB supported the VAMP fish study and includes a determination of the NPB’s effectiveness. The salmon smolt monitoring was concluded on May 26 at the end of the VAMP and the NPB stayed in operation to benefit non-VAMP smolts through June 15th in compliance with our NMFS biological opinion. The removal of the NPB started on June 16, the complete removal was finished June 18.
Agricultural Barriers (Old River near Tracy [ORT], Middle River [MR], Grant Line Canal [GLC]):
Construction of the MR barrier began on May 19. Due to equipment problems, closure of the MR barrier was delayed to May 24. All flap-gates were untied on June 16 and the barrier is now fully operating.
Construction of the ORT barrier began on May 10 and the boat ramp was completed on May 13. Closure of ORT barrier was achieved on June 3. All flap-gates were untied on June 16 and the barrier is now fully operating.
Installation of the GLC barrier began on June 16 and the boat ramp was completed on July 2nd. Barrier closure was completed on July 7. The barrier is now fully operating.
Operation of the ORT barrier continues. This periodic opening and closing of the center culvert flap-gates is timed to coordinate with the Spring (new moon or no moon) and Neap (half moon) tides. To improve circulation and quality the four center flap gates will be tied up tomorrow, 8/20/2010.
Water Levels/Water Quality Problem Notifications:
Nothing to report this week.
Modeling results are attached. Modeled elevations are higher than measured elevations, but measured elevations are still higher than water level triggers. Measured elevations will continue to be monitored as modeled elevations have little improvement over the next week.
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Jacob McQuirk, P.E.
Chief, Temporary Barriers Project and Lower San Joaquin
California Department of Water Resources
1416 9th St., P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001
Phone: (916) 653-9883 FAX: (916) 653-6077
Cell: (916) 425-6857 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org