Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Chinook Salmon are thriving in Butte Creek - Butte County, California USA

Save our salmon and the free-flowing river habitat that they need to survive.

Butte Creek "now holds the largest population of wild spring-run chinook, or king salmon, in the Sacramento River system." "The number of spawning fish returning from the ocean to Butte Creek increased 10 percent from 2006 to 2007 ... even more fish are returning this year." (Salmon resurgence in Butte County - SF Chronicle 26may2008)

With all the bad news lately about declining populations of salmon along the entire west coast USA it is nice to hear a small success story. Maybe its not too late to save our salmon after all. Removing the dams from Battle Creek over the next few years may enable the salmon to be restored there as well. California needs better water policies to balance the water supplies needed for salmon, cities and agriculture.

For more information:
Butte Creek Recreation & Conservation Directory.
Butte Creek near Chico - Whitewater River Guide - California.
California River Conservation & Water Supply Policy - BRT Insights.

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That was a wonderful article in the SF Chronicle. If you take care of nature, nature will take care of you.
Maybe next spring we can go up there and kayak on Butte Creek to check it out.
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