A new Sacramento River water intake that will serve Woodland and Davis has been approved for a $2 million state grant to build fish screens to protect migrating salmon and steelhead.
An existing intake at the site, located about a half-mile north of the Interstate 5 overcrossing on the river’s west bank, serves Reclamation District 2035, an farm irrigation agency that serves Conaway Ranch in Yolo County. It is the largest unscreened water intake remaining on the Sacramento River north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The district is in a partnership with the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency to construct a new intake at the location along with a pipeline to provide the two cities with a new drinking-water supply. The cities are currently served entirely by groundwater, which is poor quality and the subject of state regulatory action.
In total, the new intake structure, fish screens and pumps are projected to cost about $56.4 million.