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Project To Help Salmon On Sacramento River Now Half Complete

California Natural Resources Agency
 

California Natural Resources Agency

The first of three projects to help Salmon on the Sacramento River is now half complete.

Kristopher Tjernell is with the California Natural Resources Agency. He says the project, near Knights Landing, will stabalize the Wallace Weir -or berm- keeping it from washing out.

Tjernell says this will prevent salmon from straying into flood plains on their way up the river.

"Back in 2013," says Tjernell, "We had a lot of water coming down that drain system and we also had salmon coming up the system and we lost around 300 Winter Run Salmon and Winter Run Salmon are the most critically endangered salmonid species in the Central Valley."

The second project is to repair the Tule Canal, which is used by spawning Salmon to go from the Yolo Bypass to the Sacramento River.

The third project will alter the Fremont Weir in Knights Landing to allow baby salmon to escape more easily into floodplains where there is food for them on their way down the river.

All three projects are the result of agreements between farmers, conservationists, and government agencies at all levels.