Meeting Date:†††††††††† June 16, 2003†††††††††††††††††††††††† Budgeted: Yes†††††††††††

Program/Line Item No.: Fisheries 2-4-2C

Staff Contact: ††††††††††† Cynthia Schmidlin††††††††††††††††† Cost Estimate: $14,000


General Counsel Approval: N/A

Committee Recommendation:Administrative Committee reviewed this item on June 10, 2003 and recommended approval.

CEQA Compliance: N/A



SUMMARY:Low streamflow conditions will necessitate intensive rescues of steelhead juveniles, smolts and adults in summer of 2004. Two seasonal contract employees will be needed to supplement the Districtís current staff in order to handle the increased workloadassociated with conducting rescues in the lower Carmel River.Funding for a total of 960 hours for these positions is included in the budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003-2004.Authorization is requested to hire two seasonal Fish Rescue Workers, with those individuals entering into agreements with the District for up to 480 hours of work each, between July 1, 2003 and October 31, 2003.


RECOMMENDATION: Authorize the expenditure of funds to hire two contract fish rescue workers for up to 960 hours of work assisting the fisheries biologists, river maintenance specialists, and contract water resources assistant with fish rescues during the summer of FY 2003-2004.These employees would be paid from $11.22 to $12.90 per hour, based upon experience in the position.This item was considered by the Administrative Committee on June 10, 2003, at

which time the committeevoted 2 to 0 and recommended approval.


IMPACT ON STAFF AND RESOURCES: Funds totaling $14,000 are included in the Fisheries Mitigation Program as line item 2-4-2C in the Summary of Project Expenditures section of the FY 2003-2004 Budget. A similar amount was budgeted during FY 2002-2003.


BACKGROUND:During the past ten years, District staff has initiated rescues when streamflow receded below ten cubic feet per second (cfs) at Highway One, which has occurred between April 1 and September 3.Staff anticipates that rescues of juvenile steelhead will begin in late June of 2003.The District may be rescuing and transporting three groups of steelhead, including smolts, kelts (spawned-out adults) and juveniles. The smolts and kelts will be transported downstream to the lagoon or ocean, while juveniles will be transported upstream to the Sleepy Hollow Steelhead Rearing Facility or permanent habitats above the Narrows.Given the increase in fish numbers and the likelihood of dry weather, additional help will be needed to successfully complete rescues under current conditions.


The Fish Rescue Workers work in the Water Resources Division and will be supervised by the Senior Fisheries Biologist.