Good News for Salmon

Very good news from KCRA 3.

An excerpt.

“It’s the season for chinook salmon to begin their journey from the ocean to the waterways where they were hatched.

“For millions of fish, that means a trek up the American River to the Nimbus Hatchery where they were spawned.

“Waiting for this year’s run of fish is a brand-new fish ladder that extends 1,900 feet from the Nimbus Dam to the hatchery building.

“The new ladder makes it easier for fish to find their way to the hatchery and easier for workers who had to build a temporary weir for every spawning cycle.

“Nimbus Dam is now that barrier that we used to install, so that’s going to naturally force the salmon into the new fishway and we will collect them as we have in the past,” said Drew Lessard of the United States Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the hatchery along with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“The hatchery makes up for lost breeding grounds destroyed by the construction of Folsom and Nimbus dams.

“The new fish ladder offers many more opportunities for visitors to see the fish not only from above but also below the water.

“We are going to have what we call a new gallery zone, an area where the actual fishway has cutouts with windows where you can see the water flowing by and occasionally when they are collecting, you will see fish in the raceway or fishway, so that’s going to be neat,” Lessard said.

“The visitor center remains closed due to the pandemic for the fall season, but the hatchery grounds and walkways along the new ladder are open daily.

“Officials expect to collect salmon until about the first of the year and will then transition to harvesting steelhead in the first part of 2022.”

Retrieved November 2, 2021 from New fish ladder welcomes fall run chinook salmon at Nimbus Hatchery (

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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