Water releases on the upper Sacramento River have been cut back drastically by federal water managers since Nov.1 leaving many salmon nests, called redds, high and dry. This kills the incubating salmon eggs.
The small gravel islands marked by clean gravel are salmon redds. These redds were built by fall run salmon that spawned in October and into November. This marks a huge loss of baby salmon that would have contributed to the 2016 season.
Water released from upstream reservoirs was sharply cut in November