Reduced Water Flows Affecting Salmon Eggs



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 13, 2014

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has cut water releases from 1,100 cubic feet per second down to 500 feet.

"That has exposed some of the fall run salmon nests or 'redds' as they're called, r-e-d-d."

Tom Ghoring is with the Sacramento Water Forum.

On Capital Public Radio's Insight with Beth Ruyak, Ghoring said early surveys show that reductions, prompted by the dry winter, have left 15 percent of salmon nests or "redds" out of water.  

"We know that exposing them is harmful to them. An exposed redd doesn't necessarily kill the eggs buried in the redd, but some of the nearby redds that are still underwater may be harmed so much that they could die."

~Tom Ghoring, Sacramento Water Forum

Reclamation officials say reducing water flows into the American River will help conserve the water supply stored behind Folsom Dam.

Insight will have more about how the lack of rain is impacting the region, coming up at 9 a.m. 

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Photo of American River / Andrew Nixon

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