SOURCE: CA Department of Water Resources

November 12, 2008 19:18 ET

DWR and USGS to Begin Delta Salmon Tracking Experiment

Scheduled Media Opportunity in Old Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2008) - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are set to begin the largest-ever environmental experiment to track juvenile salmon in the Delta.

Beginning Friday, November 14, DWR and USGS scientists will release the first of 6,000 tagged juvenile salmon into the Sacramento River at Old Sacramento. Scientists will track their migration through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta over the next three months using unmanned, robotic boats and electronic gear. The data will be used to develop management tools capable of estimating how current operations and potential new projects may impact out-migrating juvenile salmon.

Reporters will have the opportunity to photograph and videotape the salmon release and DWR and USGS study teams will be available to answer questions about the high-tech experiment and equipment.

Time: Friday, November 14, 2008

Location: Boat dock on Sacramento River just south of Tower Bridge, behind the Embassy Suites Hotel

Interviews will be conducted from 10 to 11 a.m. Availability for photographs and videotape of the salmon release is set for 11 a.m.

Available b-roll and photographs:

In addition to the opportunity to interview staff and photograph the release, DWR will, upon request, provide b-roll and photographs of:

--  This week's fish surgeries conducted by USGS scientists, implanting
    transmitters into the study's juvenile salmon
--  Last weekend's lowering of electronic monitoring equipment into the
    Sacramento River at the Delta Cross Channel in Walnut Grove
--  Unmanned, robotic boats used to detect transmitters implanted in
    salmon (a robotic boat will also be docked and available for photographing
    during Friday's event)

For specific b-roll format requests, please call Elizabeth Scott, DWR Information Officer at (916) 835-5344 or email