June 22, 2009 6:50 AM

Restoring salmon runs near Sacramento a big challenge

The American River once hosted thousands of steelhead migrating upstream from the ocean in three separate runs. Today it's down to just two runs of a few hundred fish. The Sacramento was the only river in western North America with four salmon runs. They numbered in the millions — so numerous that American Indians and settlers could catch a salmon dinner with their bare hands. Now one run is gone, and two are endangered. The fourth could join them soon.

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