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10-04-2014, 09:50 PM
This is what we are resorting to.

Chilling water at hatcheries to keep the fish alive. I guess using energy to run water chillers is required to pencil-out selling the water. A quick cost-benefit analysis suggests to me that the fish lose- yet again.

Perhaps we have over-engineered our hydro system. What have we become?


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California Tries Giant Water Coolers to Save Fish - ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/california-giant-water-coolers-save-fish-25955337)

State and federal wildlife officials are resorting to installing giant water chillers in some of California's fish hatcheries, as drought, over-allocation of water and climate change all combine this year to make temperatures too warm for some baby salmon and other fish to survive.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service workers installed the coolers at the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery at the foot of northern California's Shasta Dam this summer when water temperatures hit the mid-60s — too tepid for the half-million winter-run baby salmon growing there, said Scott Hamelberg, a federal hatchery manager.

The winter-run salmon are endangered, and the coolers lower the water temperature to a more livable 60 degrees, he said.

The big water coolers are a first for the federal hatchery, necessitated by warmer-than-normal water in California's third year of drought.

At the American River hatchery east of Sacramento, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife also are installing giant coolers to bring down water temperatures for the hatchery's young salmon and trout, hatchery manager Gary Novak said.

And so on...

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10-04-2014, 09:55 PM
Disgusting that it has come to that...

10-05-2014, 12:39 AM
Infuriating that so many people don’t see where we are heading. Band-Aids such as this are not a solution. Keep abusing our environment like we have and we’ll be a third world toilet like China, Mexico or India.