Helping salmon survive a drought is hard.
The California drought isn’t leaving anyone or anything out, including the state’s salmon population.
But thanks to some clever thinking on the part of UC Davis’s Center for Watershed Science, the number of salmon in the Shasta River have actually grown in recent years. By fencing off an important creek for salmon breeding, aquatic plants that normally end up a tasty treat for nearby cattle are flourishing, which keeps the river seven-degrees cooler. This simple but powerful fix has resulted in the quadrupling of average returns for fall-run Chinook salmon over the past four years.
It’s this kind of innovative thinking and positive environmental impact that UC Davis is known for. a species is hard. Keeping the environment in balance during these troubled times is even harder. Helping support the research that makes this work possible is an easy way to make a difference.