Habitat restorations for endangered salmon

KRCR –

Biologists, heavy equipment operators, government agencies, and non-profits all working together.

Hopefully, they’re major steps toward restoring the endangered chinook salmon winter run in the Sacramento River.

Water wouldn’t have been flowing like this very long ago. This is a three-quarter-mile long, three-acre side channel along the Sacramento River in Anderson River Park.

Biologist Bob Irwin said, “If you came out here last year, what you’d see is just stagnant backwater, and we call this an alcove, and this was full of weeds, and bullfrogs and it wasn’t flowing. It was just full of weeds.”

The channel was recently cleared with heavy equipment in a matter of weeks by Yurok Tribe workers.

“For us, this is a way of life. It is not about the size of the contract we get. It’s about the work that we’re doing.” Frankie Myers, Vice Chairman of the Yurok Tribe explained.

The Yurok have been dependent on salmon since their existence. A group of more than 40 representatives from state and federal agencies, non- profits, and others gathered to celebrate the creation of habitat for salmon fry especially the endangered winter run.

Chico state university is playing a big role in the collaboration of agencies.

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