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Russian River Coho - Voluntary Drought Initiative

This year juvenile coho salmon face the daunting challenge of surviving the fourth year of the worst drought in recorded California history. The length and severity of this drought have moved their fight for survival into uncharted waters. Winter rains have not been sufficient to alleviate drought conditions and as such, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) are asking your assistance in taking important actions that may protect sensitive aquatic ecosystems. Partnerships with landowners for habitat restoration in these watersheds have been incredibly important over the years for the conservation of coho salmon. Now we are asking landowners to participate in voluntary drought agreements to help ensure enough water remains instream for this endangered species.

Partner Resources

Fisheries Branch
830 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 | (916) 327-8840

2015 Russian River Coho Affected Area map
Map of priority Russian River Coho areas affected by drought in 2015

CDFW Drought Response Efforts


Drought Hotline:
(707) 944-5555

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Andrew Hughan, Information Officer