The Salmon Are Coming! The Salmon Are Coming!
The cry was heard from Battle Creek and the people came to see this amazing feat of nature at the 20th Annual Return of the Salmon Festival, held at Coleman National Fish Hatchery, west of Anderson, CA.
The Northern California Area Office (NCAO) joined in on the fun by playing “Water Jeopardy” with some of the 7,000 people attending the day long festival. Participants were able to pick a category and answer questions related to water and power, and of course, Shasta Dam. Correct answers earned players a prize from a selection including Frisbees, cups, and other goodies with the message “Use water wisely. It’s a way of life!” The booth was non-stop fun all day with over 2,500 people stopping in to play the game, all designed to get the message out about Reclamation and water conservation.
Coleman National Fish Hatchery is the largest national fish hatchery in the country, and was built for mitigation for salmon and steelhead as part of the Shasta Dam project. Reclamation partially funds the hatchery, which hopes to see a return of approximately 20,000 fish this year after seeing some low numbers in the last few years.
Reclamation participates in this event every year. “It’s so important to educate people, especially the kids, about how important water conservation is. It is really heartwarming to see these young people come out, have fun, and walk away knowing ways they can help be wise water users,” said Brian Person, NCAO Area Manager.
Individual activities such as water jeopardy were enjoyed by all
Pictures of the salmon festival event
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Last update: September 8, 2009