American River flow to rise for salmon

Water flows in the American River are scheduled to increase through the Sacramento region starting tonight to help salmon and steelhead.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operates Folsom and Nimbus dams on the river, will maintain the increased flow for three days to help juvenile steelhead and Chinook salmon migrate downstream, and to help improve in-river conditions for young steelhead.

The flow will gradually increase from the current 500 cubic feet per second starting at about 9 p.m., and will reach 1,500 cfs by 11 p.m. Flows will remain at that level until early Friday morning, when the volume will be gradually reduced to 800 cfs.

Flows will be maintained at 800 cfs “until further notice,” according to Reclamation, to help meet other demands during this drought year, such as river temperatures, Delta water quality requirements and downstream water supplies.

Anyone recreating or traveling along the lower American River, between Nimbus Dam and the confluence with the Sacramento River, should be aware of rising water levels starting tonight and running through Friday morning.

For more information, contact Reclamation at (916) 978-5100. Detailed information on the planned flow changes and timing can be found online at http://cdec.water.ca.gov.

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