Three Million Chinook Salmon Released into Sacramento RiverLoading
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    California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials prepare to load thousands of chinook salmon smolts into a tanker truck at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Rancho Cordova on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released three million young Chinook salmon, or smolts, near the mouth of the American River on May 6 and 7. They were raised at Nimbus Hatchery on the lower American River by CDFW. This release site was chosen because studies have shown that young salmon released near the mouth of their home river are more likely to return to that river to spawn, two to five years later.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Scientific Aid Justin Mather corals thousands of chinook salmon smolts into a holding tank at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Rancho Cordova on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Scientific Aid Justin Mather corals thousands of chinook salmon smolts into a holding tank at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Rancho Cordova on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Thousands of chinook salmon smolts wait in a holding tank at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Rancho Cordova on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials prepare to dump thousands of chinook salmon smolts into the water at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials dump thousands of chinook salmon smolts into the water at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Silhouettes of the fish can be seen in the pipe as they race through it toward the river.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials prepare to dump thousands of chinook salmon smolts into the water at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Thousands of chinook salmon smolts are dumped into the water at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Thousands of chinook salmon smolts are dumped into the water at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Thousands of chinook salmon smolts are dumped into the water under the Jiboom Street bridge at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    Young Chinook salmon smolts swim in the Sacramento River at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    A large sea lion browses for fish at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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