Wednesday, September 9, 2009

California Drought Threatens Juvenile Salmon

Endangered Coho Salmon are taking a beating from a three year drought in parts of Northern California. Dry conditions are meaning even lower, warmer water than normal for rearing Coho Salmon and Steelhead and with a continued lack of rain many streams dry up all together. While Northern California watersheds naturally experience a pronounced summer dryspell and low flow, drought, changes in land cover and water withdrawls all contribute to lower flows. See an article about California Biologists who try to "rescue" stranded juvenile salmon when streams start to dry up.

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