Officials revise strategy for Shasta Dam water releases

Jun 17, 2015 1:59 PM by News Staff

State and federal officials say they're revising their strategy for releasing water from the Shasta Dam for the coming long, hot summer.

Officials said Tuesday that they're trying to prevent a repeated kill-off of salmon migrating up the Sacramento River like last year. Salmon need cool water to be released from Lake Shasta into the Sacramento River, or they will die.

David Murillo of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says that holding back some water from Shasta will force them to adjust how much water they will release from other reservoirs.

Officials say the plan is changing because equipment had provided inaccurate temperatures in Lake Shasta.

Chuck Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, says salmon in the river are resilient, but they face extinction. "The situation is grim for everyone and everything. The winter-run Chinook salmon may not survive losses in the Sacramento River similar to last year. At the same time, the situation is dire for California's urban water users and agricultural communities," said Charlton H. Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


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