Carmichael Water District Restoration Project Nears Completion
September 17, 2016

Carmichael Water District is implementing a series of water facility and habitat restoration projects along the American River in Sacramento. The projects include: 1) installation of a new 30-inch diameter, 1,000-foot long water pipeline under the American River to provide treated drinking water for Rancho Cordova, 2) removal of an old exposed pipeline crossing the river bottom, 3) restoring an eroded, culverted tributary with a bottomless culvert and series of pools to restore habitat connectivity, 4) restoring habitat on the north and south banks of the river by removing unused concrete structures and debris and planting native vegetation. Permits and approvals necessary for the projects included CEQA compliance, Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permit, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service Section 7 compliance, Regional Water Quality Control Board Section 401 compliance, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Streambed Alteration Agreement, Central Valley Flood Protection Board approval, State Lands Commission lease/permit, and Sacramento County Parks and Recreation Dept. approval. AES worked for several years with the District to formulate and implement the project, including preparing CEQA documentation and all environmental permit applications. AES also monitored construction and provided water quality testing of the American River for permit compliance.

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