June 09, 2012

Lagunitas Creek. Where did the fish go?


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photo by Donald Kinney

The mighty Lagunitas Creek has settled into its summer pattern. The flow is far from a raging torrent this time of year. The volume depends on how much water the water district is willing to release from the dams several miles upstream.



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From November to April the Federal Government and several State agencies get involved, and regardless of predicted rainfall or the amount of water stored behind the dams upstream the water district is mandated to increase the flow to levels that will support adequate spawning grounds for the Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout.



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Estimates on the number of Coho Salmon who return to the Lagunitas after two years at sea differ widely depending on who is doing the counting. 100 years ago, and before the dams were built, reports cite 100 times more Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout returning to spawn. Of course, besides the dams, two other major factors have contributed to the decline--overfishing at sea and ocean pollution.



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Yes, if you haven't heard, the forces of man have been deadly for Mother Nature. If you ask me, we are past the tipping-point. We have lost what we should have been wise enough to protect. Thoroughly boils my blood.



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But I will continue to celebrate and appreciate what I have come to regard as my own colorful playground. During Winter months I will keep looking for the few Coho Salmon who have survived our influence.



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I managed to snag the photo of this Coho Salmon (above) last December.


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6 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Wow, really like that last photo. Hey, thanks for sharing my Bodie stuff with your buddies.

Anonymous said...

Those guys (the salmon) are REALLY colorful.

I'm with you on your thinking ... we humans have done irreparable damage to the earth.

Jan

Anonymous said...

I totally enjoyed your Bodie photos! And I like your "free to wander" spirit:)

Jan

AphotoAday said...

Yeah, John (((Sinbad's Dad))) -- that's my buddy Jan Bell of Ohio who commented on your Bodie photos. Guess I'll (we'll) never get to see the place again.

Jane said...

These are beautiful Donald...you make amazing images on that creek.

AphotoAday said...

THANKS EVERYBODY for your kind words. Love that creek. Don

 
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