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Coyote Valley Dam, Lake Mendocino

COYOTE VALLEY DAM, LAKE MENDOCINO
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE

PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION

Lake Mendocino is located approximately five miles northeast of Ukiah in Mendocino County, California. The Coyote Valley Dam (also known as Coyote Dam) project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1944 and completed in 1958 for purposes of flood control, water supply, and recreation.  Local agency uses the dam’s non-flood releases for downstream-flow regulation.  Congressionally authorized mitigation for effects on the endangered fish cause by the dam was added in the mid 1970’s.  Lake Mendocino has a flood storage capacity of 122,400 acre-feet and a total surface area of 1,822 acres.  Major facilities include an anadromous endangered and protected fish species egg collection and imprinting facility, visitor center, park headquarters, sponsor-run electrical power plant (hydropower), developed campgrounds (300 sites), primitive boat-in or hike-in campsites (18), a trail system, two boat launch ramps, swimming beach, and picnic areas. Of the park’s 5,110 acres, 689 acres are devoted to wildlife management. This park normally receives over 970,000 visitors a year and annually collects normally run approximately $300,000 to $400,000 in user fees, which are returned to the Treasury.  The drought has caused a decline in visitation.

TOTAL FUNDING

 

TOTAL COST

                                      N/A

FEDERAL COST

                                      N/A

NON-FEDERAL COST

                                      N/A

   

TOTAL FEDERAL COST THROUGH FY 2016

                        $ 4,027,000

ARRA FUNDING

                        $10,974,986

FY 2017 BUDGET

                        $ 4,284,000

COST TO COMPLETE

                                      N/A

FY 16 AND FY 17 ACCOMPLISHMENTS (based on the availability of funds)

  • Normal annual operation and maintenance of the project for flood control, water supply, environmental stewardship, required hatchery mitigation, and recreation.  Continue to support where possible all B.O. actions that are within our authority and appropriations.

ISSUES AND OTHER INFORMATION

  • The Sonoma County Water Agency and Russian River Flood Plain Management Agency are the Non-Federal Sponsors (NFS).
  • This project funds 25% of the mitigation costs for the three listed fish species as mentioned in the Warm Springs Dam fact sheet.

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST

  • 2nd District, Rep. Jared Huffman

POINT OF CONTACT

  • Deputy for Project Management, Arijs A. Rakstins, (415) 503-6720

Updated on 22 January 2016

 

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Contact

General Questions
415-503-6702
1455 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103