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Chico News & Review - An upstream battle - Feature Story - Local Stories - July 13, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Butte Creek’s ecosystem is not in a natural state, however. The spring-run salmon depend on releases of cold water from the DeSabla-Centerville Hydroelectric Project, a 20-megawatt hydroelectric system owned and operated by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. that encompasses more than 20 miles of canals, flumes and tunnels. For more than a century, the project has connected two distinct watersheds, diverting water from the west branch of the Feather River to three small powerhouses and providing additional flows to Butte Creek.

This is critical for spring-run salmon because they need cold water to survive the summer months and complete their spawning cycle, said Clint Garman, an environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).As for solutions, the report emphasizes that saving the salmon relies on human investment into currently productive ecosystems and “restoring function to once-productive but highly altered habitats.” For instance, research conducted by CalTrout demonstrates that agricultural activity and healthy fish populations are not mutually exclusive—that, in fact, off-season rice fields can mimic natural floodplains and support rapid growth of juvenile salmon.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter