order to maintain access to Santa Ynez River water
supplies for customers, water agencies are restoring
wildlife and fish habitat on the River. Local water
suppliers have developed an extensive program that
improves habitat and sets aside water for wildlife.
The Salsipuedes Creek project cost
about $90,000, paid for by a Federal/State grant and the
Coastal Conservancy. The total cost to local water
agencies of all the required fish protection programs on
the Santa Ynez River is about $400,000 each year.
One project at Salsipuedes
Creek was needed because a concrete apron under Highway
1 caused a six-foot vertical drop, forming a total
barrier to steelhead migration during low stream flows.
Montecito Water District and other local agencies
comprising the Cachuma Conservation Release Board
eliminated the barrier by building a concrete structure
that serves as a fish "bridge", and by
excavating three pools to facilitate fish passage.
date, overall costs of the fish programs for local
agencies have been decreased by sharing costs with other
agencies and through over $1 million in grants that have
been received from State and Federal agencies in recent