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:   May 6, 2016

Agricultural Barriers (Middle River [MR], Old River near Tracy [ORT], Grant Line Canal [GLC]):

The installation of the Middle River barrier started on March 2, 2016; with closure achieved by March 9, 2016.  All flap gates are tidally operating as of April 1, 2016.
The installation of the Old River near Tracy barrier started on March 3, 2016; the construction crew closed the barrier on March 25, 2016.  The flap gates were released to tidal operation on April 1, 2016.
The construction crew started working on the Grant Line Canal barrier on Monday March 28, 2016; the in-water work started on March 30, 2016 with partial closure attained by April 14, 2016.  Full closure of the barrier is anticipated in late May or in early June when the Delta smelt clears the area.

Head of Old River Barrier [HORB]:

The construction on the Spring Head of Old River barrier started on March 10, 2016 with closure achieved by April 1, 2016.  All slide gates are placed in the open position in accordance with the Biological Opinions.

Environmental Permits Compliance Reporting:

Environmental staff conducted pre-construction surveys as required by the State and Federal permits and by Biological Opinions. Water quality monitoring and sampling for settleable solids and turbidity were conducted during the installation of the barriers and will continue for the reminder of the operation period of the barriers.

Water Levels and Water Quality Notifications:

No exceedance were observed of the water quality turbidity measurements during the installation of the MR, ORT, GLC partial closure, and the HORB.  DWR will routinely monitor the water quality parameters and the water levels during the operation of the barriers.


Thanks again to Reza of the Delta Compliance and Modeling Section, computer modeling was performed.  A copy of the modeling results is attached for the modeling period from 05-03-16 through 05-23-16.  Water level in Middle River was above the concern level for the modeling duration; water level at the Old River near Tracy site was touching the concern line around 5-13-16 through 5-16-16 but later it recovers, moreover, the water level at the Grant Line Canal site was hovering slightly below the threshold line around 5-13-16 through 5-16-16 also it touches  the threshold line towards the end of the modeling period.  The staff of the Temporary Barriers Project will continue to closely monitor the water level within the vicinities of all barriers.

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Thank you!
Jacob McQuirk, P.E.
DWR|Bay-Delta Office
Temporary Barriers and Lower San Joaquin
1416 9th St., Room 215-23
Sacramento, CA 95814
office:   916-653-9883
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