SANTA ROSA (KCBS)— Water officials in Sonoma County, concerned about the affect the drought is having in salmon in North Bay rivers, have called for a ban on fishing in the Russian River watershed. The situation is so bad that fish may need to be trucked to spawning grounds.
Sonoma and Mendocino Counties rely on a good amount of their water supply from the Eel River that flows into Lake Mendocino, which is experiencing low levels.
To protect salmon stock in the Eel and Russian rivers, federal authorities reduced flows from the Eel River, affecting drinking-water supplies.
Grant Davis, General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, said they primarily rely on the Russian River and import a portion out of the Eel when available.