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Camp Pico Blanco Fish Ladder and Dam Retrofit

fishladderClient: Boy Scouts of America, Monterey Bay Area Council

The Boy Scouts of America own and operate an 800-acre property on the Little Sur River that is used as a summer camp. A flashboard dam was installed in the 1950s to create an impoundment for recreational and educational uses. The seasonal operation of this dam impeded juvenile and adult steelhead passage at the site

bafflesWaterways staff was retained to develop solutions to improve adult and juvenile fish passage, enhance habitat conditions and mitigate for past discontinuities in sediment transport past the facility. We worked with resource agencies in the design, manufacturing and installation a one-of-a-kind juvenile passage fish ladder specifically tailored to the site conditions. A comprehensive monitoring program was developed to operate the flashboards/fish ladder system and assess potential physical and biological impacts of the seasonal impoundment. This project has significantly improved fish passage on the Little Sur River, which is one of the more productive steelhead spawning streams on the Central Coast of California.

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