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American River fish hatcheries evacuated as water is mismanaged
Dan Bacher
The Department failed to mention that the reason for the depletion of the cold water pool in Folsom is largely due to the poor government management of our water resources in a drought. If the water had been better managed, there would undoubtedly have been more carryover storage in Folsom to maintain a cold water pool this year. Last summer, high water releases down the Sacramento, Feather and American rivers left Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs at dangerously low levels. By January 2014, Shasta was at 36 percent of capacity and 53 percent of average; Oroville, 36 percent of capacity and 54 percent of average; and Folsom, 17 percent of capacity and 32 percent of average. (http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reservoirs/RES) Yet Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County was at the same time 96 percent of capacity and 101 percent of average, while Castaic Reservoir was 86 percent of capacity and 102 percent of average. Both are State Water Project reservoirs that receive their water from the Delta through the California Aqueduct. Photo of Nimbus Fish Hatchery weir on the American River by Dan Bacher.

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