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Flows&Salmon

Jan 14, 2020

Despite More Water Flows, California’s Coho Salmon Spawning Numbers Plummet

Despite higher water flows, biologists are reporting some of the worst spawning numbers in nearly a quarter century for Marin County’s coho salmon, according to SPAWN, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network, as reported by the national marine conservation nonprofit Turtle Island Restoration Network.

This is the result, despite allowing an amount of water equal to a year’s supply for 275 million people flowed under the Golden Gate Bridge and out to the Pacific Ocean, as California Globe recently reported.

California allows more than 50 percent of its water to flow to the ocean for fish, consigning the second 50 percent to be used and rationed by agriculture (40%) and urban users (10%).

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