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PG&E AGREES TO FISH & GAME REQUEST FOR HIGHER FLOWS IN BUTTE CREEK TO PROTECT SALMON

 PG&E AGREES TO FISH & GAME REQUEST FOR HIGHER FLOWS
 IN BUTTE CREEK TO PROTECT SALMON
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has agreed to a Department of Fish and Game request to maintain higher streamflows in Butte Creek from Centerville Diversion Dam to Centerville Powerhouse to protect spring-run chinook salmon, the California Department of Fish and Game said today.
 Fish and Game reported that normally, in a dry year, PG&E diverts water at the dam and returns it to the creek at the powerhouse, leaving just 10 cubic-feet-per-second (cfs) in the creek, starting on Sept. 15. This year, Fish and Game asked PG&E to maintain additional flow through Dec. 31. PG&E has agreed to maintain 30 cfs in this reach.
 The 30 cfs flows will provide additional spawning habitat for spring-run chinook salmon and help maintain cooler temperatures for the fish.
 This stretch of Butte Creek, approximately six miles long, is located about 12 miles northeast of Chico. Fish and Game personnel flew over Butte Creek on Sept. 15. Many of the observed spring-run salmon were in this section of Butte Creek.
 PG&E snorkeling surveys show that there are more spring-run salmon in this reach of the stream than in several previous years.
 Improving conditions for spring-run chinook in Butte Creek is vital because spring-run populations in the upper Sacramento River are quite low, according to counts at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. As of Sept. 18, only 410 spring-run salmon were estimated to have passed the Red Bluff Diversion Dam.
 Moreover, warm temperatures in the Sacramento River this fall could cause high mortality of Sacramento River spring-run salmon eggs.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Gale, acting assistant director for public affairs, or Pete Weisser, information officer, 916-653-6420, both of the California Department of Fish and Game/ CO: California Department of Fish and Game ST: California IN: SU:


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