B-Roll Canal Dryup and Fish Herding
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SRP Announces South Canal Dry-up & Maintenance Project from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20

Fish Herding and Removal to Prepare for the Canal Dry-up Will Take Place Nov. 21 and 22; Maintenance Begins Nov. 26


Portions of the South Canal on the southside of the Salt River will be drained from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20 for annual maintenance and construction activities from Granite Reef Dam to the Val Vista Road crossing on north side of the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway. Crews will inspect the canals, remove silt, replace concrete lining and repair gates along a stretch of seven to eight miles in northeast Mesa.

Signage will be posted where there will be increased construction traffic and portions of the canal will be closed to traffic including bicycles and pedestrians.

SRP is responsible for keeping its 131-mile canal system in operating condition during normal water deliveries. Each fall and winter, SRP performs dry-ups on a rotating 10-year schedule on portions of the canal system.

Canal dry-ups allow SRP as well as other utilities and municipalities to perform construction and maintenance activities in and around the canals. SRP crews also will use the dry-up to examine the canals and underwater structures to look for evidence of invasive adult quagga mussels.


The southside dry-up will take place from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20. The fish herding and relocation of the fish will take place Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22. Crews will begin moving silt from the canals starting Saturday, Nov. 26.


During the fish herding and relocation, crews will be in the canal using large nets to herd white amur fish and will load them onto hauling tanks that will deliver them to other portions of the canal system. Weed-eating, white amur fish are used by SRP to control aquatic vegetation in its 131-mile Valley canal system.

Once the fish are moved, front loaders and heavy equipment will be used to pull out tons of silt and dirt from the canal and haul it off in large dump trucks throughout the dry-up.

Reporters are welcome to tour the fish herding and canal dry-up process. Contact: Media Relations at (602) 236-2500.

About SRP

SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest electricity provider in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving approximately 1.1 million customers. SRP provides water to about half of the Valley’s residents, delivering more than 244 billion gallons of water (750,000 acre-feet) each year, and manages a 13,000-square-mile watershed that includes an extensive system of reservoirs, wells, canals and irrigation laterals.