Los Alamitos Creek Project Update

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Los Alamitos Creek Project Update

Post by jeffs » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:41 pm

An update I recently received from Kevin Reilly, of Truchas River Chapter in New Mexico, about the status of the fish barrier to be constructed on Los Alamitos Creek. GRTU provided a Coldwater Outreach Conservation grant for to help fund the NEPA permitting process for this project two years ago and it is now moving forward. GRTU's name will be on the completed project.


In a nutshell, here's the status of the Alamitos project:

The environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act was completed last year. It was done in-house by a Carson National Forest (CNF) fisheries biologist under a contract between the Truchas Chapter and the CNF, and the GRTU funds paid for that work.

The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI)--a federal source--granted $50,000 to build the barrier. The Fish and Wildlife Service contracted with TU national for TU national to handle the money and get the barrier built.

The CNF's engineer decided to move the site of the barrier downstream a little bit to the site of an existing irrigation diversion owned by two acequias, traditional irrigation organizations which are local governmental entities under NM law. The diversion needed to be replaced, and the acequias had access to state funds to cover the difference between the WNTI funds and the cost of the barrier. The engineer also concluded that the site was the best site for the barrier.

Construction on the barrier-diversion was partially completed this past fall, and the contractor is obligated under his contract with TU national to complete construction before runoff this spring. Once the construction is completed, we will give a full report (complete with pictures) and an accounting to GRTU.

The contractor and Joe McGurrin (who's been handling the project for TU national) are aware of the requirement of a sign acknowledging the grant from GRTU. We are planning to insert a plaque into the structure listing the groups that contributed to the project. When he pours the rest of the concrete, the contractor is to leave an indentation with bolt holes into which we'll fix the plaque.

Kevin

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Re: Los Alamitos Creek Project Update

Post by LabRat » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:36 pm

Cool! Thanks for the update Jeff.

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