Endangered Species Protection

Adult fall-run Chinook salmon congregate near the Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder on the American River in Sacramento County, California.

Adult fall-run Chinook salmon congregate near the Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder on the American River in Sacramento County, California.

The State Water Project (SWP) is operated in a manner that protects endangered and threatened species under the State and federal endangered species acts. DWR does this in part through compliance with a permit granted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).

The permit, called the Incidental Take Permit (ITP), represents a novel but prudent way for the SWP to ensure species protection -- through science, collaboration and transparency -- while protecting water delivery to millions of Californians.

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