Save Our Salmon

Did you know…  that Spring Chinook Salmon are at risk of not being able to survive?

Our salmon populations have been declining at an alarming rate. The South Fork Trinity River is one of the primary spawning habitats for the Spring Chinook Salmon, and this fish is at a high risk of not being able to survive—in fact, Trinity County could make or break it’s survival.

In Trinity County, our salmon are battling drought, over-pumped and dry creeks, sediment from bulldozed roads, and an overabundance of foreign nutrients in the river. If conditions continue like they have, there could be another name on the extinct species profile.

Fish counts are on the decline:

In 1963, fish counts showed 10,000 Spring Chinook Salmon in the South Fork Trinity River.

The 2015 July snorkel surveys for the South Fork Trinity River counted only 20 Spring Chinook.

South of Trinity County, the populations of Spring Chinook are non-existent.

 Right now, our actions matter more.

We can all help by not fishing for or consuming Spring Chinook, and by being mindful: conserving water, farming organic, and not over fertilizing will go a long way. We can also help by spreading the word about our Spring Chinook – tell people you know about the threat to Spring Chinook, and encourage them to help protect them.

Together, we can help save these fish. What if, in five or ten years, the Spring Chinook weren’t on an endangered species list? Or threatened? What if this time we were able to look ahead, and help save a species? Let’s help our salmon.

Learn More About How You Can Help

If you are interested in learning more, attending events, or volunteering, send an email to josh@thewatershedcenter.com and we will keep you updated about opportunities, and the fate of our Spring Chinook.