Our friend Suzanne Huhta’s great work featured in Dubois Anglers video

Here is a cool video featuring One Fish Engineering’s great work on Holmes Ditch. We love to see such great explanations of the importance of fish screens and the benefit to both fish and farms that is realized by a well-designed screen, well suited to the diversion’s site conditions.

Bravo to Suzanne, her project partners, and her clients! Bravo also to the Dubois Anglers & Wildlife Group (D.A.W.G.S) for their work promoting this project’s impact on fish. More from D.A.W.G.S. at dawgsonline.org.


FCA’s Newest Farmers Screen is Washington’s First

And we are having a ton of fun celebrating it!

The Scott Ditch screen is a 26 CFS custom Farmers Screen that was installed by WDFW last March for the South Naches Irrigation District near Naches, WA. Complete details about the project are available here.

The project engineer, Paul Tappel of Fisheries Engineers, Inc. graciously hosted a big BBQ celebration at the project site last week. We were there to partake in the great food, drinks, and conversation with landowners and neighbors who were all happy to join in congratulating the project partners on a job well done.

Fisheries Engineers did a great job demonstrating the screen function and fish protection capabilities with the release of several juvenile salmon over the screen. This was followed by the release of the “Tappel Apples” – great fun and a really creative way to demonstrate how the Farmers Screen works to be self-cleaning.

Also on hand at the BBQ was public radio and EarthFix reporter, Courtney Flatt who published this article on the EarthFix blog, and this radio story for Northwest Public Radio.

All of us at FCA would like to thank Paul Tappel, Yakama Nation Fisheries, WDFW, and BPA for their partnership on this ground-breaking project. As FCA’s first Farmers Screen project in Washington state, this one is special. Thank you!

Les and Dan head to Fortuna for the 2013 Cal SRF Con

FCA’s Les Perkins and Dan Kleinsmith had a great time traveling to the 31st Annual California Salmonid Restoration Federation conference in Fortuna, CA last month. A great time, that is, until Les suffered the weirdest knee injury ever, then it was just Dan having a great time.

The California Salmonid Restoration Federation always puts on a terrific conference. FCA really enjoys exhibiting there, learning from all the great presenters, finding new potential Farmers Screen projects, and meeting all the amazing people working on the front lines of salmon restoration in California.

We will definitely be back next year, without the crutches!




Meet Dave, the Ditch Walker

Dave Iverson, Ditch Walker

Dave Iverson near the Upper Badger Creek diversion, photographed by FCA's Dan Kleinsmith

We first met Dave Iverson during a site visit to the Upper Badger Creek diversion in Wasco County, Oregon, during the planning stages of a 30 CFS Farmers Screen install. This project was in a very remote site and opened 6.91 river miles for safe fish passage while serving 3,610 acres of farmland.

Dave has been the ditch walker for a long time and knows his stuff. His weekly trek to the site is 2.5 miles one-way. I say “trek” because there are no roads to the site. Rain or shine, the ditch walker is responsible for maintaining proper water flow down the ditch to the users. He is also the guy that has to jump into the creek to adjust the check boards across Badger Creek and after getting to know him, I doubt he cares if he’s wearing any hip waders. This is one tough individual. Dave is the go-to guy for getting things done, and he does a great job for his irrigation group.

We look forward to chatting more with Dave and learning how the Farmer Screen installation has helped him get his job done.


— Dan Kleinsmith, FCA Project Manager


FID featured in Irrigation Leader Magazine

We were so excited to see Farmers Irrigation District (FID) highlighted in the January 2013 issue of Irrigation Leader! Their article, Farmers Irrigation District: Creating Revenue through innovation focuses on FID’s innovative advances in screening, hydro, pipeline conversion and habitat restoration. (Click the link to download the PDF. Article is on pages 32-33)

The article applauds FIDs “many technological accomplishments,” that Irrigation Leader says “results in significant gains.”

For more information on the Farmers Irrigation District, visit its website at www.fidhr.org or call District Manager (and former FCA’er) Jer Camarata at (541) 386-3115.

Great job, guys!

Here’s that link: http://www.waterandpowerreport.com/newsletters/January%20_2013.pdf










American Rivers and the Deschutes

Here is a very cool video from American Rivers and film maker Andy Maser. Great short video about many inspiring things that are happening on the Deschutes (besides the Whychus Creek Farmers Screen).

Growth Capital Donor – Thank You!

What your purchase has done:

Your generous donation supports FCA’s efforts in providing a rare “win-win” for fish and farms.  Each $1,000 philanthropic share purchased has the estimated impact of opening 1.4 river miles for safe fish passage, enabling the generation of .06 MW of green, fish-friendly hydropower, and saving farmers $2,645 each year in avoided operation and maintenance costs for their diversions. Each $25,000 unit supports FCA in the installation of 5 Farmers Screens, opening 36 river miles for safe fish passage, saving landowners $66,125 annually, and catalyzing the production of 1.5 MW of green, fish-friendly hydro. Thank you!

What happens next?

We look forward to reporting our progress to you over the coming months and years. With this donation, you will be automatically signed up for these updates. If you do not wish to be included, please email us at info@FCAsolutions.org, or click the button to unsubscribe in the first email update we send to you. Also, if you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions for FCA, please feel free to contact us at info@FCAsolutions.org.

Thanks again for your support. We look forward to saving fish and helping farmers for decades to come.


Sustainable Business Oregon coverage of FCA’s Growth Capital Campaign

We are so grateful to Sustainable Business Oregon for their coverage of FCA’s Growth Capital Campaign in an article by Christina Williams, published on their website today.  Please read and share with your friends!