California tries to save salmon in Wine Country creeks

Jun 11, 2015 6:28 PM by News Staff

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - California is taking desperate steps to save the last endangered salmon in Wine Country creeks that are going dry because of the drought.

Officials said Thursday that water has run so low in the four creeks that feed the Russian River that state workers have been dispatched with nets and buckets to rescue the last surviving coho salmon.

In addition, the state Water Resources Control Board next week will consider ordering wineries and thousands of other landowners along those creeks to stop all watering of lawns and to start monitoring how much water they are using.

The wineries are not being asked to cut back on water used for irrigation.

Many wineries and homeowners are blaming each other for drawing down the creeks. Doug McIlroy of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission says vineyards are saving all the water they can.

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