“Several weeks ago, the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA)
expressed concerns about a move to curtail or shut down the
Coleman National Fish Hatchery located on Battle Creek,
according to a memo received from Dick Pool, secretary of the
Apparently, battle lines are being drawn in what could become a
brawl that lasts for years.”
Twelve Inland Empire water agencies Monday asked the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a federal court decision
and throw out a plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to
add extensive protections for the Santa Ana sucker, a
6-inch-long federally threatened fish that inhabits portions of
the 96-mile Santa Ana River.
The agencies contend that the previous ruling limits water they
take from the river, which runs through San Bernardino and
western Riverside counties, as well as Orange County.
The collapse had been building for more than a century. Salmon
are resilient creatures, capable of surviving even as humans
dismantle and contaminate their habitat. But that ability has
limits, and in 2007 a confluence of factors lined up perfectly
to send the population into free fall.
The stresses began with the Gold Rush of 1849, which silted up
the waterways. That was followed by the twentieth-century
frenzy of dam construction for hydroelectric power and farm
irrigation, which reengineered California’s river system.
Un grupo de científicos cree que, si continúan las tendencias
actuales, California podría perder ciertas especies de salmón y
otros peces nativos de agua dulce en el próximo siglo debido al