For the past decades, water resources managers have been working with state and federal agencies and conservation partners to implement various programs and projects to improve conditions for viable salmon populations in every part of the Sacramento River Basin. These programs and projects are all shown in a comprehensive new document for the Sacramento River Basin, entitled Improving Conditions for Salmon: Programs and Projects Implemented Since 2000. Importantly, there already has been a tremendous amount of good work and collaboration to complete these diverse efforts, and numerous partners in the Sacramento River Basin are continuing to make forward progress with various new efforts to both implement and plan for additional projects designed to benefit a certain life-cycle for salmon. These projects strive to improve conditions for salmon during every part of their life cycles, to further the goal of viable salmon populations in the region.
Since the State Water Board adopted the Water Quality Control Plan update and Decision 1641 in 2000, there has been a serious and concerted effort to implement the following types of programs and projects described in the document:
- modern flow arrangements;
- habitat enhancements;
- fish passage improvements;
- fish-food production projects; and
- studies to advance the science that informs management decisions.
These programs and projects collectively address every salmon life stage and they will be adaptively managed into the future based on lessons learned and better understandings of the science.
We would welcome any ideas or support for further actions to improve conditions for viable salmon populations in the Sacramento River Basin.