Upper John Day Habitat and Diversion Project Completed

The Upper John Day Habitat and Diversion Project was completed in the Fall of 2016 on the Upper-Mainstem John Day River. This project had several main objectives, including: providing off channel and high water – cold habitat refugia for native fishes, removal of a large artificial berm inhibiting floodplain function, addressing a severely eroding river bank, providing pump station access for three pumps in the project footprint area, and re-establishing native riparian vegetation. This project also incorporated a historic point of diversion transfer through the Oregon Department of Water Resources, and provided new irrigation intake screens and intake lines meeting State and Federal passage approval through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s John Day Screen Shop. The project was completed through Bonneville Power Administration’s Habitat Improvement Program, and utilized grant funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.  See Video link!

Addition of Large Wood Habitat Structures to existing Alcove areas (Before work)
Addition of Large Wood Habitat Structures to existing Alcove areas (Before work)
Addition of Large Wood Habitat Structures to existing Alcove area, after construction
Addition of Large Wood Habitat Structures to existing Alcove area, after construction
Construction of Off-Channel Pump Station / Habitat Alcoves
Construction of Off-Channel Pump Station / Habitat Alcoves
New Side Channel segment with Large Wood Habitat Structures
New Side Channel segment with Large Wood Habitat Structures
Construction of New Side Channel Habitats
Construction of New Side Channel Habitats