Federally endangered winter-run Chinook salmon populations in California face challenges across the state including barriers blocking access to historic spawning grounds, drought, and an increasingly warming climate. Throughout the entire Sacramento River watershed, agencies and conservation groups, including California Trout, are working to aid survival for these fish. A recent CalMatters article highlighted these efforts by CalTrout and others from the upper reaches of the watershed in the McCloud River, to dam-ridden Battle Creek, to the lower Sacramento River Valley floodplains.
“Both spawning habitat and rearing habitat are necessary, yet insufficient on their own. We need to restore every link in the habitat chain," CalTrout Senior Scientist Jacob Katz said in the article.
Read the full CalMatters article to learn more about how CalTrout and other agencies work to help Chinook salmon throughout the entire watershed.
Cover Photo: Chinook salmon in Battle Creek. Credit: Jane Dysert