Thursday, May 31, 2012

2 large water gates in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are stuck open, posing threat to salmon | The Republic

2 large water gates in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are stuck open, posing threat to salmon | The Republic






WALNUT GROVE, Calif. — Two large water gates in theSacramento-San Joaquin Delta are stuck open, posing a threat to migrating juvenile salmon.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials say that the Delta Cross Channel gates in Walnut Grove got stuck in the open position on Wednesday. One of the two gates could not be closed due to mechanical problems, so both will remain open until the gate is repaired.
The gates were built in the 1950's and are used to divertSacramento River water into the Delta, which is then pumped to farmers and urban water users across the state.
The gates are opened for Memorial Day weekend and subsequent weekends through June 15 for boats. But they remain closed on weekdays to ensure that migrating juvenile salmon are not disturbed in their path down the river to the ocean.

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