Environmental

Tracy Fish Test Facility and Infrastructure Project, Bureau of Reclamation


  • Client


    Bureau of Reclamation

  • Services Provided


    Design - Build; Appraisal Level Study Phase; Feasibility Studies/Traffic Control Plans; Feasibility Technical Memorandums; Design and Specifications; Permitting and Public Affairs

DRC provided design-build services for the Tracy Fish Facility Improvement Program (TFFIP) in Tracy, California, for the Federal Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (BoR). The program develops and implements new fish collection, holding, transport, and release technology to improve fish protection at major water diversions in the South Delta region of the state’s Central Valley. TFFIP funds research activities that are performed by BoR fishery scientists and engineers.

The project involved constructing a Tracy Fish Test Facility (TFTF) on the North side of a canal intake in California’s Contra Costa and Alameda counties. DRC developed a total project baseline schedule that showed each phase and the tasks to accomplish each phase as part of the Tracy Fish Test Facility Final Environmental Assessment & Initial Study (EA/IS).

DRC collected and analyzed data to estimate impacts from the proposed project to air quality, traffic patterns, and traffic safety. Our team identified alternative mitigation/impact reduction measures and drafted an appraisal-level comprehensive traffic control plan. DRC received input from representatives of Contra Costa and Alameda counties on the draft traffic control plan and briefed BoR on the appraisal’s technical memorandum and the traffic control plan. DRC conducted a feasibility-level study that included on-the-ground data collection, searching files, databases and libraries, obtaining permits for road closures, and performing modifications associated with the project’s construction.

DRC’s designs and safety impacts ensured functional and attractive facilities that were practical, economical, and maintainable. DRC worked with Alameda and Contra Costa counties to obtain construction permits for BoR’s signature for encroachment permits, road closures, road improvements and implementation of traffic mitigation and control measures.