Dec. 9: Symposium on future of the Yolo Bypass

Researchers will be discussing ways Yolo Bypass farmers and landowners could economically support native salmon and water birds Tuesday, Dec. 9 at a UC Davis symposium free and open to the public.

Recent experiments have indicated that the bypass -- a reclaimed floodplain of the Sacramento River -- would make a productive native fish nursery to sustain struggling salmon populations at relatively little cost to farmers. Young Chinook salmon that were planted in flooded rice fields after harvest grew phenomenally faster and fatter than those left to mature in the Sacramento River.

The daylong symposium, "Meeting Nature Halfway on a Floodplain", opens 9 a.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center. Speakers and panelists include engineers, ecologists and economists as well as local land managers and policymakers. The state's Delta Science Program organized the event along with the Center for Watershed Sciences and the Center for Aquatic Biology & Aquaculture, both with UC Davis.