PRAY! The drought’s hidden victim: California’s native fish

Last summer, a narrow, rock-rimmed stretch of the Sacramento River near here turned into a mass graveyard for baby salmon. Upstream releases of water from Shasta Dam were so warm that virtually an entire generation of endangered winter-run Chinook was wiped out. The eggs never hatched, or if they did, the emerging young soon died. A similar disaster could unfold this summer. And if the drought drags on for another year or two, wild populations of some of the state’s most prized fish are likely to vanish. “It would be a major extinction event,” UC Davis professor emeritus Peter Moyle warned. Read the rest here 16:07

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