"Drought Blocking Passages To Sea for California Coho Salmon"

"The drought has obstructed the migratory journeys of many coho salmon on California's North and Central Coast, putting them in immediate danger."

"DAVENPORT, Calif. — By now, water would typically be ripping down Scott Creek, and months ago it should have burst through a berm of sand to provide fish passage between freshwater and the ocean.

Instead, young coho salmon from this redwood and oak-shaded watershed near Santa Cruz last week were swirling around idly in a lagoon. There has been so little rain that sand has blocked the endangered fish from leaving for the ocean or swimming upstream to spawn.

Scott Creek is one of dozens of streams across California where parched conditions have put fish in immediate danger. With the drought, stream flows have been so low that even months into winter, sandbars have remained closed and waters so shallow that many salmon have had their migratory journeys obstructed."

Tony Barboza reports for the Los Angeles Times February 9, 2014.

Source: LA Times, 02/10/2014