Baby salmon reared on Central Valley rice fields grow exceptionally quickly and have a much better chance at surviving the journey to the sea.
The fields are much more productive that the main river channel — they are full of aquatic invertebrates that the young fish fatten up on. Before the dams and levees, the Sacramento River system used to have countless miles of floodplain on which the fish would grow. Now, that only happens on extremely wet years like this one (2016-17).
But with some creative plumbing, we can get baby salmon onto rice fields, which are basically man-made flood plains.
This is an interesting article about Salmon and Rice Fields!
The Eel River used to have a million salmon and steelhead a year! WOW!!
The U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Commerce, PacificCorp, and the states of Oregon and California today signed an agreement that, following a process administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is expected to remove four dams on the Klamath River by 2020, amounting to one of the largest river restoration efforts in the nation.
State and federal officials also signed a new, separate agreement with irrigation interests and other parties known as the 2016 Klamath Power and Facilities Agreement (KPFA). This agreement will help Klamath Basin irrigators avoid potentially adverse financial and regulatory impacts associated with the return of fish runs to the Upper Klamath Basin, which are anticipated after dams are removed.Click here to read more…