Monday, February 1, 2010

Irrigation Threatens Russian River Steelhead


The Russian River once supported one of the most productive wild steelhead fisheries in the world. During the 1950s and 60s anglers from all over the world flocked to the Russian to chase its abundant steelhead. Today, the run is a fragile, shadow of its former self, reduced by overharvest and habitat degradation. Recently however a relatively new threat has arisen. The wine industry has been pumping water from the Russian and other nearby rivers with little government oversight. Now with the government stepping in to protect endangered coho salmon, vineyard owners are fighting attempts at regulation. See an article in the Oregonian:

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2010/01/wine_grapes_salmon_compete_for.html

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