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How one landowner is building a better habitat for salmon along the Russian River

Angela Johnston
Sally Weed points out the wood structures on Grape Creek, the stream that runs by her house. They were installed to create better salmon habitat.


One of the main reasons for the decline of the salmon population in the Russian River is the simple fact that humans live along it, work along it, growing marijuana, growing grapes, building houses . . . the list goes on. So, conservationists believe part of the solution is working with the people who live right along the water to create a better environment for the fish.

KALW’s Angela Johnston walked along a small tributary of the Russian River called Grape Creek with Sally Weed, a landowner who’s working to be a better neighbor for the salmon ever since she first saw salmon spawning in her backyard.

"When it's happening, I can't get anything done. I have all these chores to do, and you know it's just like I just walk up and down the banks of the creek and take video and then my battery runs out. It's very magical."