Fish to be salvaged from drought ravaged ditches

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Updated: 8/05/2014 1:15 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The ongoing drought continues to challenge Nevada’s wildlife. Low water levels throughout the Truckee River system are causing the Truckee Meadows Water Authority to shut down two diversion ditches of the Truckee River system, eventually leaving fish in those waters high and dry.

The Verdi Ditch and the Washoe Ditch saw flows cut off last week. Crews from the Nevada Department of Wildlife will attempt to salvage trout from these ditches beginning Tuesday, August 5, when remaining waters in the ditches will have receded enough to insure the success of the operation.

NDOW personnel will utilize backpack electro-fishers and nets to salvage fish from the ditches. The fish will then be placed in fish hauling trucks from the Mason Valley Fish Hatchery and taken to the Sparks Marina and Marylyn’s Pond (in Galena Creek Regional Park).

The operation beginning Tuesday will run throughout the week, and possibly into the following week.

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