Dropping Sacramento River threatens salmon eggs

By on December 12, 2011

Low water on the Sacramento River could threaten to dry out eggs laid recently by one of the most significant populations of naturally reproducing Chinook salmon, according to state and federal fish biologists in California. Water levels dropped after the agency that operates two dams on the river had to restrict flows to meet agricultural, municipal, and industrial needs. A late spawning season and little rain have made matters worse.

Surveys haven’t yet found any nests left exposed by the dropping water, but several shallow egg deposits were close to surfacing, biologists said.

Read more at the Chico Enterprise-Record.

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About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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