Laura Drath, CDFW Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2884
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958
The public is invited to attend a presentation on the effects of the ongoing drought on salmon and steelhead trout in the American River. The event will be held at the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center in Rancho Cordova on May 3 at 11 a.m. It is the first of three planned speaker sessions at Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center this spring.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Senior Environmental Scientist Rob Titus will address the state of the salmon and steelhead runs and the challenges the drought poses to their survival. Titus will also outline actions CDFW is taking to protect these fish and increase their survival rates. Forest Williams of the Sacramento County Water Agency will then describe ways the public can reduce water use and lessen human impact on the river. Both speakers will field questions from the audience.
The event is free and preregistration is not required. Future sessions in the speaker series will include Climate Change and its Effects on Salmon and Steelhead in June and Fishing the American River in July.
Nimbus Hatchery is located at 2001 Nimbus Road in Rancho Cordova. The hatchery offers hands-on exhibits, a river bluff trail, a play area for children and opportunities to feed fish. It is open daily to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.
For more information about the speaker series, please call (916) 358-2884 or visit the hatchery online at www.facebook.com/NimbusHatchery.