ITEM:

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS/STAFF REPORTS

 

23.

CARMEL RIVER FISHERY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2017

 

Meeting Date:

November 13, 2017

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

David J. Stoldt,

Program/

N/A

 

General Manager

Line Item No.:

 

 

 

Prepared By:

Beverly Chaney

Cost Estimate:

N/A

 

General Counsel Review:N/A

Committee Recommendation:N/A

CEQA Compliance:This action does not constitute a project as defined by the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines Section 15378.

 

AQUATIC HABITAT AND FLOW CONDITIONS:  Carmel River flows held steady in October. Conditions for juvenile steelhead migration were fair while rearing conditions were good to fair. Los Padres Dam (LPD) stopped spilling on August 2nd and releases from Los Padres Reservoir have been held at 13-15 cubic-feet-per-second (cfs) since August 3.

Mean daily streamflow at the Sleepy Hollow Weir ranged from 16 to 19 cfs (monthly mean 17.1 cfs) resulting in 1,050 acre-feet (AF) of runoff. Mean daily streamflow at Highway 1 gage ranged from 4.8 to 8.9 cfs (monthly mean 6.5 cfs), resulting in 396 AF of runoff.

There were 0.15 inches of rainfall in October as recorded at Cal-Amís San Clemente gauge. The rainfall total for WY 2018 (which started on October 1, 2017) is 0.15 inches, or 19% of the long-term year-to-date average of 0.78 inches. 

 CARMEL RIVER LAGOON:  During October the lagoon mouth remained closed and the water surface elevation (WSE) rose from 8.6 to 10.5 feet above mean-sea-level as a mid-month storm brought high waves and over wash into the lagoon (see graph below).  

 

Surface water-quality was sampled October 20th as the over wash was occurring. The salinity was 8.20 ppt, dissolved oxygen (DO) was 7.8 mg/l, and water temperature was 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

SLEEPY HOLLOW STEELHEAD REARING FACILITY:  Construction began on the rearing channel repair project. Redwood planking along the top edge of the channel is being replaced with new boards and the bird netting and framework over the rearing channel is being repaired after winter storm damage.

 

 

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