12th Street Infiltration Gallery

Multi-benefit, collaborative approach

Long-term Goal:

Construct an infiltration gallery, eliminating the need for earthen instream diversion (i.e., a mound of compacted earth). An infiltration gallery is a horizontal drain laid below the water table that collects groundwater. Infiltration galleries need soils that are permeable to allow sufficient water to be collected.  The 12th Street Infiltration Gallery property is owned by The Nature Conservancy, as part of the Santa Clara River Parkway.  The operation will be run by private farmers under a license agreement with TNC. The project is located on the Lower Santa Clara River mainstem, adjacent to the City of Santa Paula. CalTrout will implement a project-specific outreach strategy, and monitor systems established for measuring impact.

Recent Accomplishments:

  • Secured approximately $152,000 through CA Department of Fish and Wildlife’s FRGP Drought for construction of the infiltration gallery;
  • Secured CEQA and necessary permits for construction.

What We Will Achieve in 2016-17:

  • Complete NMFS environmental permitting and begin construction of infiltration gallery;
  • Implement a project specific outreach strategy, highlighting multi-benefit projects, and conservation-agriculture collaborations to support fish recovery in working landscapes.

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California Trout, Inc.

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