Finding common ground for farms and fish
April 18, 2014
(from SF Gate)
The three-year experiment has resulted in a dramatic increase in the size of migrating juvenile salmon every winter of the experiment, according to those working on the project. Migrating fish also had high survival rates.
“The idea that we can get the most benefit from every drop of water is what this project is all about,” said Jacob Katz, a UC Davis alumnus who is now a biologist and regional manager for the conservation organization CalTrout. “We are trying to create a system that mimics the natural system and allows for more efficient use of water all the way around. That synthesis is the future of California.”
The floodplain project was the first involving farmers, environmentalists, scientists, and state water resources officials working together to improve water resources and conservation. Eventually, fish-feeding grounds could be used throughout the 59,000 acres of agricultural land in the Yolo Bypass and Sacramento River delta systems.
(Read the full story by Peter Fimrite, published March 21, 2014 in SF Gate.)
- Jacob Katz, CalTrout Central California Region, 707-836-0769, [email protected]
- Peter Moyle, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, UC Davis, 530-752-6355, [email protected]
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis, contact:
- Ann Filmer, Senior Director of Communications, 530-754-6788, [email protected]