Thursday, May 11, 2017

Farm's project near Redding to create salmon habitat

The California Farm Bureau Federation is highlighting a farm's north state project to create new habitat in the Sacramento River to benefit chinook salmon.

Christine Souza reports at AgAlert:
Twenty-five salmon shelters called "refugios"—made of large tree trunks and root wads, bolted to 12,000-pound limestone boulders—have been lowered into the Sacramento River near Redding. A Northern California farm partnered with state and federal agencies in what's considered a first-of-its-kind project to benefit chinook salmon in the river.

"The overall goal is to improve the ecosystem," said Roger Cornwell, general manager at River Garden Farms, a diversified farm in Knights Landing that is leading the project. "This is our opportunity to get involved and to improve salmon numbers in the Sacramento River. A healthy ecosystem makes the whole river better for everybody."

The project won't directly help secure water supplies, Cornwell said, "but by having a healthy ecosystem, it definitely helps the regulators and water users work together."

River Garden Farms, state and federal agencies and others completed installation of the refugios in the river last week. The idea is to increase the likelihood young salmon will be able to grow in size and strength, to prepare for their journey to the Pacific Ocean.
Her full story is here.

In the photo, courtesy of the CFBF, a crane stationed on a barge and maneuvered by a tugboat hoists a salmon structure into the Sacramento River near Redding. The structure, called a “refugio,” is made of a large tree trunk and root wad that is bolted onto a limestone boulder. Once lowered into the water, these are designed to give young salmon a place to hide from predators.

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