San Joaquin salmon coaxed through the long, hot summer

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting trainee
Bureau of Reclamation Reclamation Fish Biologist Shaun Root releases an adult spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River near Highway 99 after it was caught and near the confluence with the Merced River. CREDIT: Bureau of Reclamation

Spring-run Chinook Salmon are starting to spawn in the San Joaquin River after a brutally dry, hot summer. But the success of the juvenile fish is uncertain as the drought and high temperatures continue.

Spring-run salmon, which return to the river from the ocean as adults in spring months, have been absent from the San Joaquin River for more than 70 years because of dams that dried up the river. But the federal government has reintroduced the fish in an attempt to bring back the once native population.

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Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting trainee
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