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FISH AND GAME ANNOUNCES $222,184 IN PROPOSITION 99 FUND GRANTS FOR FISH HABITAT PROJECTS

 FISH AND GAME ANNOUNCES $222,184 IN PROPOSITION 99 FUND GRANTS
 FOR FISH HABITAT PROJECTS
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Fish and Game today announced approval of $222,184 in Proposition 99 funding for eight Northern California fish habitat improvement projects during the current fiscal year.
 Proposition 99, approved by the voters in 1988, provides funds from state tobacco tax revenues for use in health programs and environmental protection projects.
 "These fish habitat improvement projects will benefit California anglers," said Department Director Boyd Gibbons. "Improvements at Eagle Lake will benefit Eagle Lake trout, a subspecies of rainbow, while the Milton Reservoir project should improve conditions there for rainbow and brown trout. The stream improvement projects will help steelhead."
 The largest fish habitat improvement approved for Proposition 99 funding is a $78,170 project to restore fish habitat in Milton Reservoir in Nevada County by removing sediments and vegetation from the reservoir. The project sponsor is the U.S. Forest Service, Tahoe National Forest.
 Second biggest is a $59,328 project to improve fishery habitat on Mattole Canyon Creek in Humboldt County. Mattole Restoration Council is the project sponsor.
 Third largest is a $49,500 project to restore stream habitat in Pine Creek in Lassen County, reduce water quality degradation in Eagle Lake and provide wildlife habitat. The project sponsor is Meadowbrook Conservation Associates.
 In Mendocino County, three projects sponsored by New Growth Forestry will provide improved fish habitat along portions of Barnwell Creek, Blue Waterhole Creek and Robinson Creek. The Barnwell Creek project, priced at $6,598, will modify four logjam barriers and four debris impediments to restore access to about a half-mile to three-quarters of a mile of year-round spawning and rearing habitat in a Nature Conservancy wildlife preserve. The $10,600 Blue Waterhole Creek project involves modifying a dozen existing logjam barriers to maintain access to three miles of year-round habitat. The $7,500 Robinson Creek project entails restoring riparian vegetation along 1,100 feet of creek corridor with wildlife exclusion fencing to stabilize streambanks, increase steelhead spawning success and use of summer nursery habitat.
 In Santa Clara County, the San Jose Conservation Corps won approval of its $6,522 project to modify a fish barrier on Penitencia Creek, giving steelhead access to an additional three miles of rearing habitat.
 In Sonoma County, Fort Ross Environmental Restoration was granted $3,996 for a project to stabilize three stream bank sites along a one-mile portion of Palmer Canyon Creek.
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 /A list of the Proposition 99 projects is available upon request/
 /CONTACT: Mary Gale, acting assistant director for Public Affairs, or Pete Weisser, information officer, of the California Department of Fish and Game, 916-653-6420/ CO: California Department of Fish and Game ST: California IN: SU:


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