Sizzling Temps Cook All But 2% of Juvenile Salmon in Sacramento River
Just 2% of winter-run Chinook juvenile salmon likely survived the summer in the Sacramento River because of high water temperatures, Nick Cahill of Courthouse News reports.
“The current drought situation is likely to produce very bad returns of fish 3-4 years from now and if we keep having these incredibly bad years, we will not dig out of our population decline,” said Chuck Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “We’ve got to accept that reality.”
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