A massive die-off could drive our local salmon to extinction this year—but it’s preventable, if action is taken soon.
Salmon eggs, juveniles, and spawning adults require cold water to survive. That’s why Sacramento River salmon once migrated far into California’s mountains to find cold water, until construction of Shasta Dam blocked access to their historic spawning grounds.
Even in a dry year like this one, Shasta Reservoir can store cold water and release enough to allow the salmon to survive the hot summer. But if the federal government continues to deliver loads of water to big agribusiness customers, the reservoir will get drained quickly, leaving too little cold water behind to protect the salmon. Meanwhile, the agencies in charge are dragging their feet on taking action, which might make it too late to save the salmon.
Click here to sign an action letter urging Interior Secretary Haaland to ensure that Sacramento River salmon receive the cold water they need to survive.
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