There are over 20 projects in our plan. Immediately below is a summary of the top 10 items on the Golden State Salmon Association’s (GSSA) Salmon Rebuilding Plan.
What got us here?
The populations of all four of the Central Valley runs have declined seriously in the past decade. Two of the runs are already listed under the Endangered Species Act and the other two have hit all-time lows in recent years.
This plan was originally developed in 2011 and 2012 with science consulting assistance from Dave Vogel of Natural Resource Scientists. The US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service and California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife also provided technical assistance.
The first step in developing the plan was to analyze where in the system adult and juvenile salmon were being lost. By far, the biggest losses are to juvenile salmon when they leave their rearing grounds headed for sea. Other major losses occur from destruction of salmon eggs by elevated river temperatures or the dewatering of the eggs when reservoir releases are cut back during the incubation period.
We then looked at each of these losses and researched how investments and other actions could bring about recovery. The proposed projects were all picked with the objective of achieving positive results within three to five years. Some of the projects have been completed, some are moving forward and others are stalled.
Links to one-page project descriptions and additional resources:
C.1 Upper Sac Artificial Rearing
D.14 Breached Levees
Flow Restoration (Hydrology)
D.22 Delta Flows