Five-thousand tons, or 200-truckloads of gravel, to be precise. Starting tomorrow, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will add the gravel into Yuba River…just below the Englebright Dam. Construction of the dam 70 years ago ruined spawning conditions for steelhead trout and Chinook salmon.
Englebright Lake Park Manager Dan Grothe says right now, fish are fighting for limited spawning space.
"Prior to any dams on the rivers, the spring run could go as far upstream as they could in the higher flows, the fall run would be separated into these lower areas. So basically both spring and fall run are kind of competing for the same area of habitat."
He says the gravel will allow fish to build their nests and lay their eggs.
A 2007 ruling by the National Marine Fisheries Service ordered the Corps to restore fish habitat in the river.