With 100% of California in severe to exceptional drought and everyone fighting for their fair share, it’s a dismal year for salmon and steelhead. California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (CA DFW) and NOAA Fisheries are attempting to make it a little less dismal, introducing a Voluntary Drought Initiative to protect salmon and steelhead.
“This initiative is a great example of how to we can respond, in a meaningful way, to the ill effects of a drought” said NOAA Fisheries West Coast Regional Administrator William Stelle, Jr. “Instead of fighting over scarce water supplies and possible regulatory violations, we are building partnerships with landowners and water users who value the salmon resources of California. The voluntary salmon protections coming out of these partnerships are significant.”
For more on the initiative, read the press release.