[env-trinity] Siskiyou Daily News 11-5-09

Sari Sommarstrom sari at sisqtel.net
Fri Nov 6 16:06:08 PST 2009


Scott River Water Trust: Chinook spawning in previously dry reaches

ETNA – The Scott River Water Trust announced in a 
news release this week that its efforts to secure 
over 400 acre­feet of water in early October from 
Scott Valley ranchers have helped Chinook salmon 
migrate up one of the Klamath River’s most 
important salmon and steel­head tributaries.

“An extremely dry year has created challenging 
flow conditions for fish passage,” the release 
stated. “The Water Trust’s effort is significant 
because the amount of added water helped the 
flows reconnect through the dry reaches of the 
Scott River in Scott Valley. Some water users are also donating water.”

This week, Chinook salmon successfully started 
spawning far upstream of the pre­viously dry 
reaches, with steelhead also moving up.

The Scott River Water Trust, the first water 
trust in California, is a local non-profit....[see full article]


Above, a Chinook salmon spawner in the Scott 
River at river mile 43, October 22, 2009. The 
Scott River Water Trust has added more water 
instream during this extremely dry fall to help 
this fish run migrate upstream by leasing water 
from ranchers. Inset, spawning Chinook salmon are 
counted by Erich Yokel and Preston Harris of the 
Siskiyou RCD on Oct. 22 in the Scott River river mile 43

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