These Juvenile Chinook Salmon Could Die Out Due to CA Heatwave
The juvenile chinook salmon population in the Sacramento River could die out this season, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The 'heat dome' in California is warming the river and killing nearly all of the juvenile chinook salmon during egg incubation.
The Sacramento River population was first classified as threatened in 1989 under an emergency interim ruling of the Endangered Species Act. It was then listed as endangered in 1994.
The California State Water Project and the Central Valley Water Project are trying to mitigate the impacts of the climate on the fish by helping them relocate, but it's feared that the chinook salmon mortality rate this season could be higher than initially predicted.