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2008 Lab - Freeman Diversion ESRM 313 - Conservation Biology

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This visit to the United Water Conservation District's Freeman Diversion structure on the Santa Clara River explores the management of migratory riverine fish species. The Freeman Diversion is a large dam-like structure that allows water to spill over during heavy flow periods, but acts to divert much of the river's water to a groundwater recharge system over much of the year. The species of greatest concern, steelhead salmon, are a federally- and state-listed endangered species. United Water seeks to maintain its water delivery while minimizing its impact to steelhead and other fish species.

This visit to the United Water Conservation District's Freeman Diversion structure on the Santa Clara River explores the management of migratory riverine fish species. The Freeman Diversion is a large dam-like structure that allows water to spill over during heavy flow periods, but acts to divert much of the river's water to a groundwater recharge system over much of the year. The species of greatest concern, steelhead salmon, are a federally- and state-listed endangered species. United Water seeks to maintain its water delivery while minimizing its impact to steelhead and other fish species.

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