Species in the Spotlight: Sacramento Winter-Run Chinook Salmon

The Sacramento River system is home to the only winter-run Chinook salmon in the world. This unique population is cut off from its historical spawning and rearing habitat, and faces many other threats, but efforts are underway to help it recover.

Watch this NOAA Fisheries video, discussing the work of FCP’s Central Valley Salmon team, to learn more.

Survival of Migrating Juvenile Salmon Depends on Stream Flow Thresholds

New understanding of relationship between stream flows and salmon survival provides a critical tool for balancing water needs in the highly managed Sacramento River.

A threshold defined as the “historic mean” flow of 10,712 cubic feet per second (cfs) provides an especially important target for resource managers, said Cyril Michel, associate project scientist in the Fisheries Collaborative Program at UC Santa Cruz.