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Managing Shasta Dam For Cold- and Warm-Water Fish

US Bureau of Reclamation

Managing a river is no easy feat.  Consider the needs for water released at Shasta Dam into the Sacramento River: salmon need cold water, sturgeon need warm water, and irrigators just need water. 

Recent research shows that all three needs can be met in all but the most drought-stricken years.  How?  That's our main question for the researchers, Eric Palkovacs at the University of California-Santa Cruz, and Liam Zari, a doctoral student at Cornell University. 

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