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FISH AND GAME, SONOMA COUNTY SETTLE DAM LAWSUIT

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The State Department of Fish and Game and the County of Sonoma have agreed on a fishway design for Healdsburg Dam, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) said today. The fishway will allow steelhead, salmon and shad to move up the Russian River in comparative ease after it is completed in 1994. The agreement resolves a long-standing question of fish migration past the dam.
 According to terms of the agreement, the county will construct, operate, inspect and maintain the fishway. Furthermore, Sonoma County will not install flashboards at Healdsburg until June 26 each year after the project has been completed.
 The question of fish migration past Healdsburg Dam was formally addressed when United Anglers filed a petition in 1988 with the California Fish and Game Commission, claiming fish passage was blocked by the dam and asking the commission to order the construction of a fishway.
 After an evidentiary hearing in April 1989, the commission determined there was not free passage of fish past the Healdsburg Dam. The commission directed the Department of Fish and Game to furnish fishway plans and order the county to provide a fishway around the dam.
 Department of Fish and Game officials said the dam and its associated rock works impeded steelhead, salmon and shad migrating up the Russian River. When the county raised flashboards atop the Healdsburg Dam each May to create a recreational pool, fish migration stopped.
 In September 1992, the county sued the DFG in Sonoma County Superior Court contesting an Aug. 11, 1992, DFG order to construct a "multiple denil" fishway at the Healdsburg Dam.
 In its lawsuit, Sonoma County asked the court to reject Fish and Game's order to build the fishway, contending, among other things, the department failed to provide the county with final construction drawings, that the county already provided for fish passage over the dam by placing rocks in the river at its base and that Sonoma County was not duty-bound to comply with the passageway order.
 In November 1992, the county filed a related court action disputing the April 27, 1989, State Fish and Game Commission determination of impeded fish passage at the Healdsburg Dam.
 The recent settlement is based on agreement by both parties for a less costly, as effective, "Ice Harbor" fishway. The "Ice Harbor" design successfully has been used on the Columbia River, passing shad, steelhead and salmon.
 The agreement between the county and DFG for the "Ice Harbor" fishway should save between $400,000 and $600,000 in construction costs.
 Sonoma County has agreed to maintain, operate and repair the fishway. Additionally, in accordance with terms of the settlement, the county will not install flashboards on Healdsburg Dam before June 26 each year after the fishway is completed and promised to maintain proper hydraulic conditions for fish passage.
 The Department of Fish and Game has agreed to accept the "Ice Harbor" design and provide Sonoma County with $100,000 for design and construction drawings. Fish and Game will review final plans and construction drawings of the ladder and has agreed to help the county obtain loans or grants from non-fish and game funds.
 Attorney Janet D. Robinson, of the private law firm of McDonough, Holland & Allen in Sacramento, represented the Department of Fish and Game in this matter.
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 /CONTACT: Pete Weisser or Lanny Clavecilla of public affairs, of the Department of Fish and Game, 916-653-6420/


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