State and federal wildlife officials on Tuesday unveiled ambitious plans to assure the long-term health of endangered salmon and other species in the Central Valley.

 

Although the two plans differ somewhat, officials said they have a common goal to restore three species from the threat of extinction: endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, threatened Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon, and threatened Central Valley steelhead.

 

The National Marine Fisheries Service released a formal recovery plan for the three species, which describes actions proposed over a number of years to restore habitat and allow the three fish species to access additional habitat. About 90% of the original spawning habitat for the species has been blocked by dams, one of the primary factors in their decline.

 

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