Jul 8, 2015 9:16 PM
Butte Creek's federally threatened chinook salmon population has rebounded and that's thanks in large part to PG&E and their Hydro-electric systems along Butte Creek and Feather River.
The system brings water over from the west branch of the feather river to supplement water flow in Butte Creek.
We got a birds eye view of their their DeSabla Centerville Hydro Electric System. They've been working for years with resource agencies to see a rebound in the salmon populations of butte creek. Butte County is home to the largest wild population of Central Valley spring run chinook salmon.
PG&E provides 37 percent of water flow... by bringing water from the west branch of the feather river.... to butte creek... they can adjust the flow from their Philbrook reservoir and dam.
The spring run salmon spend the summer months in holding pools along Butte Creek. With increased flow, the fish are able to swim past low leveled water as well as minimize exposure to hot temperatures.
According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Butte Creek is one of only three Central Valley streams that harbor self sustaining populations of chinook salmon. The other two are Deer and Mill Creek in Northern Tehama County.