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Restoring California’s Steelhead Population

From FSC affiliate, Trout Headwaters:

Restoring endangered steelhead trout to the Southern California rivers and streams where they once swam in abundance will cost as much as $2.1 billion over the next 100 years, according to a new federal report.

The 600-page Southern California Steelhead Recovery Plan, recently released by the National Marine Fisheries, warns that along with a financial commitment, a “shift in society attitudes, understanding, priorities and practices” concerning water use will be needed to save the fish that swim between the ocean and rivers.

About 500 returning adult steelhead exist today, compared with an estimated 45,000 that swam in rivers before World War II.

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