Saturday, February 7, 2015

State Takes Action to help Fish Survive Drought Conditions

With signs pointing toward a fourth consecutive year of drought conditions in California, state and federal wildlife agencies are stepping up measures to help fish species survive, especially in the critical Bay Delta ecosystem. The most recent survey of fish populations conducted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shows that the numbers of Delta Smelt, Longfin Smelt and Winter-run Chinook Salmon are at their lowest in 48 years. Officials of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project have launched a Drought Contingency Plan to help fish species by more closely managing water flows through the Delta. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.