The fish passage time across the intakes would depend upon the flow velocity in the Sacramento River, depth of the water and fish swimming patterns across the river and along the river banks, which varies by fish species. The intake would be designed and permitted in accordance with design criteria established by fish biologists for the National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The permit is likely to include many items, such as requirements for fish refugia along the intake structure to provide a space without fish screens to allow fish to rest. During the permitting process, fisheries biologists will be analyzing the effects of the intake structures and screens on a range of fisheries species, including Delta smelt, salmon and steelhead. This comment is related to the scope of DWR’s EIR and other permitting processes; please consider submitting this comment through DWR’s CEQA scoping process.