If you’ve eaten produce from California, then you’ve probably been nourished by waters from the McCloud River, also known as the Winnemem River, that feeds into irrigation canals to grow your food.
If you’ve enjoyed the beauty and power of Mt. Shasta and the surrounding area, then you’ve been nurtured by the waters that flow through the McCloud River.
While you may have never heard of this river, you have most likely been in connection with it one way or another.
And although it may be far away from where you live, its waters have most likely influenced your life.
And a critical part of these waters are the chinook salmon that run and spawn in these waters.
The salmon are a keystone species in the northwest of the United States, and their existence is being threatened.
Less than 1% of the salmon that used to run this river now return to spawn.
Ancient allies and relatives of these salmon are the indigenous Winnemem Wintu people, who have thrived on this land for thousands of years until settlers came and colonized their ancestral homelands.
Today this Federally unrecognized tribe is working against all odds to bring to life a vision of returning the salmon to these waters. @run4salmon
Over 70 years ago salmon eggs from the McCloud River were sent around the world, and evidence points in the direction of descendants of these McCloud River chinook salmon living in a river in New Zealand, where they are healthy, disease-free, and ready to return to the McCloud River.
The Winnemem Wintu people are raising the funding to have the salmon in New Zealand genetically tested before bringing them home to be reintroduced into the #McCloudRiver.
The necessary funding must be raised before the end of June because the winter spawning salmon are about to run in New Zealand, and the time to test is now!
You can donate at www.bit.ly/salmonwillrun, and if you want to learn more, listen to episode 71!
Photo by @the.active.shutter