Construction on the new surface water intake project on the Sacramento River continues Monday near the I-5 bridge south of Woodland. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

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Fish-friendly river water intake takes shape

By From page A4 | August 21, 2014

A hundred-year-old water intake in Yolo County for agricultural use is being replaced by a new $50 million Sacramento River water intake that will allow juvenile salmon and other fish to avoid being sucked into pumps supplying Davis and Woodland with water.

Gary Reents, project manager at Reclamation District 2035, which is in charge of building the intake portion, said the work will be completed in 2016.

“It’s all being built to meet all the modern requirements for fish screens,” he said. “(Fish) can swim past them with no harm.”

About $40 million of the project’s cost is covered by federal and state grants. The intake is a key part of the Woodland-Davis surface water project, which is due to be completed by September 2016.

Dave Ryan

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