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 10, 2012
Head of Old River (HOR) Barrier:
Construction of the Head of Old River barrier began on March 15, 2012. Barrier closure and operation were achieved at noon on April 1, all eight slide-gate culverts were in the open position. Operation of the HOR barrier was concluded on May 31, 2012. Removal of the barrier began on June 1, 2012, starting with the clay section and the concrete mats. The barrier was breached on Monday, June 4, and removal of rock fill, culverts, and structures continue. Full removal of the barrier occurred on June 21, and equipment was removed from the site on June 22, 2012.
The data collection period of the Head of Old River Fish Study is complete, the last juvenile Chinook Salmon release took place on May 27, 2012, and the HTI acoustic telemetry system was turned off on the morning of May 31, 2012. All fish monitoring equipment was removed by May 31. The analysis of 2012 data, combined with the data collected over the past few years, will give insight into juvenile Chinook and predator behavior in the vicinity of the Head of Old River under differing hydrologic and barrier conditions.
Agricultural Barriers (Middle River [MR], Old River near Tracy [ORT], Grant Line Canal [GLC]):
Construction of the Middle River barrier began on March 12 and closure was obtained on March 16. All flap gates are tidally operated. The center weir was raised by one foot on Tuesday July 3.
Construction of the Old River near Tracy barrier began on March 15, and closure and operation started on March 31. The boat ramp and portage is in full operation as of Wednesday, April 4. Demobilizing and site cleanup was completed on Friday April 6. As of July 11, all flap gates have been released to tidal operation. In order to improve water quality up to 6 culverts may be tied open on Tuesday 8/14/12. The opening of culvert flap gates is pending a review of water levels on Monday 8/13/12.
The construction of the Grant Line Canal barrier is complete. Closure of the center weir portion of the barrier occurred on May 5, 2012. DWR completed installation of the new flash board structure on June 14, 2012. Culvert flap gates were release to tidal operation on June 29. The boat ramp and portage is in full operation.
Environmental Permits Compliance Reporting:
No construction to report
Water Quality Monitoring:
No construction to report
Water Levels and Water Quality Notifications:
Observed water levels at the Middle River Howard Road Bridge station (MHR) are lower than simulations, and as of today they are only slightly above the 0.3 ft concern level. As of Today, 8/10/12, transfers have stopped. Water levels and quality continue to be closely monitored.
An exceedence notification was submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board as the 30 day moving average electrical conductivity at Old River Tracy Road Bridge is above the 0.7 mS/cm target.
See attached results. This run assumes that all GLC culverts were released to tidal operation on 6-29-12, the MR barrier was raised on 7-3-12 and has all 6 culverts operating tidally. ORT barrier has all 9 culverts operating tidally as of 7-11-12. This runs also assumes worse case scenario, “With Transfers.” As of today transfers under JPOD have been halted indefinitely, so actual water levels should increase above simulated water levels in the attached plots.
Modeling results are attached and forecasted minimum water levels are above target levels at Old River at Tracy Boulevard (OLD), and Doughty Cut (DGL), but were below target levels at Middle River at Howard Road (MHR) on Wednesday August 8th. The MHR water levels have since recovered and are currently back above the target levels.
Water levels for the forecast period are as follows:
MHR – Actual low water levels are approximately 0.8 feet below the modeled forecast. Minimum model forecasted water levels occurred Wednesday August 8, 2012 at approximately 0.2 ft (~ 0.1 ft below the target level of 0.3 ft.)
OLD – Actual low water levels are approximately 0.5 feet below the modeled forecast. Minimum model forecasted water levels occurred Wednesday August 8, 2012 at approximately 0.5 ft (~ 0.5 ft above the target level of 0.0 ft.)
DGL – Actual low water levels are approximately 0.5 feet below modeled forecast. Minimum modeled forecast water levels occurred Wednesday August 8, 2012 at approximately 0.6 ft (~ 0.6 ft above the target level of 0.0 ft.)
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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
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