California invests $50 million in bold move to save salmon

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March 14, 2024 – In a major push to revitalize dwindling salmon populations, California has allocated $50 million towards 15 diverse habitat restoration projects across the state. The investment is part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Salmon Strategy, a comprehensive plan designed to ensure the survival of these iconic fish in the face of climate change and other environmental stressors.

“This funding is a lifeline for California’s salmon,” said Governor NewsomOpens in a new tab.. “By working together with local communities and tribes, we can create a future where salmon populations thrive once again.”

The projects receiving funding range from reintroducing salmon to the McCloud River in collaboration with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe to restoring fish passage and habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Los Angeles River. Additionally, the state is supporting initiatives like meadow and wetland restoration, as well as research into the causes of thiamine deficiency in salmon.

“California is taking a holistic approach to salmon recovery,” said Wade Crowfoot, Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. “These projects will not only benefit salmon but will also improve the health of our rivers, meadows, and wetlands, supporting a more resilient ecosystem for all.”

The $50 million investment is part of a larger $200 million restoration budget that includes emergency drought funding. By investing these funds strategically, California aims to build a future where salmon populations thrive despite the challenges they face.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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