Twenty-five salmon shelters called “refugios”—made of large tree trunks and root wads, bolted to 12,000-pound limestone boulders—have been lowered into the Sacramento River near Redding. A Northern California farm partnered with state and federal agencies in what’s considered a first-of-its-kind project to benefit chinook salmon in the river.
“The overall goal is to improve the ecosystem,” said Roger Cornwell, general manager at River Garden Farms, a diversified farm in Knights Landing that is leading the project. “This is our opportunity to get involved and to improve salmon numbers in the Sacramento River. A healthy ecosystem makes the whole river better for everybody.”
The project won’t directly help secure water supplies, Cornwell said, “but by having a healthy ecosystem, it definitely helps the regulators and water users work together.”
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