EUREKA, Calif. (AP) – Officials say the month-long Trinity River dam water releases that ended on Sept. 20 have helped prevent disease and parasite outbreaks on Chinook salmon and other fish harboring on the drought-stricken lower Klamath River.
The Eureka Times-Standard reports Saturday the flows down the Trinity River and into the lower Klamath River helped cool the drought-stricken waters, improving fish immune systems and washing away deadly, single-celled parasites known as ich that thrive in low-flowing, warm waters.READ MORE: 81 Pounds Of Meth, 11 Pounds Of Fentanyl Tablets Found After CHP Pulls Over Speeding Car
Nearly 51,000 acre-feet of water was released from Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River between August and September.READ MORE: Gov. Newsom Pushes Full California Public School Reopening by Fall As Many Districts Resist
Senior fisheries biologist Mike Belchik of the Yurok Tribe says a survey of 25 fish conducted last week by him and his crew at Tectah Creek on the lower Klamath River found only two fish to have contracted ich, and those infections were minor.MORE NEWS: Prosecutor: Kristin Smart Was Killed During 1996 Rape Attempt
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