Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 26, 2011

Salmon or Wine

Sonoma Country Vineyards Threaten Coho Salmon

Yesterday I wrote about wine versus the redwoods.  Today I read about another environmental threat from vineyards.  Bay Nature reported about how vineyards are negatively impacting the decreasing coho salmon population. Vineyards take water from streams and rivers both for watering plants and a water intensive frost prevention technique.  Bay Nature reports:

“In the last three years, the fisheries service has documented more than 60 vineyard-related deaths of juvenile coho, an endangered species, and steelhead trout, a threatened species, in three streams. It estimated that in one of the events more than 25,000 fry, or baby fish, were probably killed.”

Efforts to have the wine grape growers self-regulate have not been effective and the State Water Board is preparing to step in with stricter measures and enforcement. Read more at: Wine vs. Salmon: Water Wars Hit Sonoma County – The Bay Citizen.

In the last three years, the fisheries service has documented more than 60 vineyard-related deaths of juvenile coho, an endangered species, and steelhead trout, a threatened species, in three streams. It estimated that in one of the events more than 25,000 fry, or baby fish, were probably killed.

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/137oK)

In the last three years, the fisheries service has documented more than 60 vineyard-related deaths of juvenile coho, an endangered species, and steelhead trout, a threatened species, in three streams. It estimated that in one of the events more than 25,000 fry, or baby fish, were probably killed.

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/137oK)

the fisheries service has documented more than 60 vineyard-related deaths of juvenile coho, an endangered species, and steelhead trout, a threatened species, in three streams. It estimated that in one of the events more than 25,000 fry, or baby fish, were probably killed.

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/137oK)


Responses

  1. Thanks for elaborating on the additional threat.

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  2. You could add gravel-mining to the list of coho threats, too.

    Like


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