Coho and Chinook salmon are officially endangered species, even before the drought further complicated their ability to spawn. That was why the Russian River was closed to fishing altogether this past winter, on an emergency basis. Now the state Fish and Wildlife department is considering adopting a mechanism that would regulate and automate such closures in the future, by tying them to the water level in the River.
Two local public hearings on their proposal are scheduled this week, The first meeting is Wednesday, July 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, 5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A, in Santa Rosa. The second meeting is Thursday, July 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Gualala Community Center, 47950 Center St. in Gualala near the intersection of Center Street and South Highway 1.
Read the full announcement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife here.