[env-trinity] Siskiyou Daily News 11-5-09
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 Rivers most
important salmon and steelhead tributaries.
An extremely dry year has created challenging
flow conditions for fish passage, the release
stated. The Water Trusts 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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