YOLO BYPASS — The word of the day was “partnership” as a team of tenacious problem-solvers met Thursday in the Yolo Bypass north of Woodland to check on the progress of a fish-friendly weir being built by local, state and federal officials.

Migratory salmon soon will have one less hazard to face thanks to the Wallace Weir Fish Rescue project, which will help prevent adult Sacramento River salmon from swimming into a drainage ditch that leads deep into farm fields where spawning is hopeless.

By building a permanent barrier across the Knights Landing Ridge Cut, the agencies will be able to better control farm drainage releases to avoid attracting salmon.

A new fish collection facility adjacent to the weir will allow the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to more effectively capture stray salmon and return them to the river to spawn.

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