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Salmon moving Auburn’s way

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Millions have been spent on the Delta with little progress on helping salmon. Collaboration is non-existent with water users influencing agencies to the detriment of salmon. Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead, an all-volunteer nonprofit, has worked collaboratively with agencies and water companies to return salmon to the Auburn Ravine, just one of 738 tributaries to the two great California rivers. The Nevada Irrigation District will install a fish ladder on its gauging station in Lincoln and plans to retrofit the Hemphill Dam, a mile upstream from Lincoln. South Sutter Water District is installing a fish screen on Pleasant Grove Canal. The City of Auburn has diligently upgraded its wastewater treatment plant to receiving water body code, and Lincoln is working with several groups to replant AR stream banks with native plants within the city. Last year salmon swam some 20 miles up the Auburn Ravine to the city of Lincoln. Next year they will be able to reach Gold Hill Road, 25 miles upstream, with only about eight miles left to reach the SARSAS goal of returning anadromy to the entire 33-mile length of Auburn Ravine, with Lincoln and Auburn joining the ranks of California cities with salmon spawning in their centers. People collaborating can achieve great progress. JACK L. SANCHEZ, Auburn