Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

New Tools show Chinook Salmon Distribution, Water Temperatures and Stream Discharge in the Central Valley

Dec 14, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2010

Contact:  Sarah Swenty, 916-414-6571, sarah_swenty@fws.gov  

New Tools show Chinook Salmon Distribution,
Water Temperature and Stream Discharge in the Central Valley

SACRAMENTO, CA --  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Comprehensive Assessment and Monitoring Program (CAMP) now provides new internet tools that have several advantages over other websites that currently exist.  The simple tools show where the distribution of Chinook salmon in the Central Valley of California overlaps stream discharge and water temperature monitoring stations.

The health and status of Chinook salmon in the Central Valley of California is intimately linked to stream discharge and water temperature.  The CAMP website can now provide access to a map depicting Chinook Salmon distribution in the Central Valley for those streams having an Anadromous Fish Restoration Program (AFRP) fish production target, and summaries that identify, describe, depict and provide access to, water temperature and stream discharge monitoring locations where Chinook salmon occur.

“As always, the USFWS strives to produce useful and informative products.  My hope is that the new CAMP tools are a big asset for the public and local fishery biologists,” commented Doug Threloff, CAMP Program Manager.  To check out the new tools visit the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife website @ http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/CAMP/Stream_monitoring_stations_within_Chinook_range.htm.

The data can be viewed as Excel spreadsheets, Google Earth or Google Fusion backgrounds, or an Arcmap GIS map.  The advantages that these products include, but are not limited to an enhanced ability to pan and zoom into the areas you are interested in, and an ability to only focus on those streams and water temperature and stream discharge monitoring locations where the highest levels of Chinook salmon production occur in the Central Valley.

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