Friday May 13, 2022

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The historic reintroduction of Chinook salmon into a California creek this spring will help secure another generation of this iconic species.

State and federal biologists have been busy moving endangered adult winter-run Chinook salmon to the upper reaches of Battle Creek and threatened spring-run Chinook salmon to Clear Creek in Northern California, where colder water temperatures will better support spawning and help their eggs survive the continuing drought.

Together the scientists will return about 300 adult winter-run Chinook salmon to native habitat above Eagle Canyon Dam on North Fork Battle Creek, about 20 miles east of Cottonwood, in Shasta/Tehama counties for the first time in more than 110 years.

It is one of a series of urgent actions to help the native fish survive another year of the lasting drought, high temperatures, and other stressors.

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