People must act to save the salmon

Published: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Re "Why mess up a successful fisheries law?" (Viewpoints, July 16): Saving salmon from extinction on the West Coast involves citizens forming all-volunteer nonprofit, public-benefit corporations, whose goals are to restore fish runs on local tributaries. In California, the two great rivers are the Sacramento and the San Joaquin, whose 738 tributaries await groups to restore salmon runs by providing fish passage over dams and fish screens over the mouths of exit canals preventing fish returning to the Pacific to mature.

NOAA regulations mandate all flashboard dams be removed from tributaries and stay removed from Oct. 15 to April 15 during the Chinook spawning runs. We must help the local, state and federal agencies prevent extinction of salmon, one of the most magnificent creatures on earth. Many salmon-saving groups are currently at work.

Go to www.sarsas.org to see what is being done on the Auburn Ravine to save these imperiled creatures.

-- J.L. Sanchez, Auburn

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