DWR Updates

Juvenile Salmon are surgically implanted with with acoustic tracking tags by DWR scientists to track the fish migration along the Sacramento River in West Sacramento, California. Photo taken April 18, 2024.

Department of Water Resources (DWR) scientists wanted to understand why high numbers of Chinook salmon and steelhead were migrating and collected at the State Water Project’s Skinner Fish Facility this season. Thanks to DWR’s use of the best available science in advanced fish tracking technology and DNA forensics, they now have some answers.

Juvenile salmonids are collected from the screw traps placed on the Feather River. Photo taken March 8, 2024.

Balancing the water supply needs of millions of Californians while protecting the environment is no easy task. The Department of Water Resources is committed to using and advancing the best available science to operate the State Water Project to get water to the people who need it while protecting native fish species.