The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) honored several California Water Service (Cal Water) employees assisting during the Oroville Dam spillway emergency in February. Nonprofit organizations California Trout, Golden Gate Salmon Association and the Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association also presented awards to the employees.

Working in conjunction with other emergency-response agencies at the Oroville Fish Hatchery, the Cal Water team helped supply fresh water from fire hydrants to keep millions of spring-run salmon alive long enough to be loaded for transport to other facilities. The team also partnered with CDFW and Cal Fire to save almost 1 million steelhead eggs that could not be relocated by filtering chlorine from the water before routing it to the eggs.

“The combined effort of our local Oroville staff and teams from other agencies working quickly to save these threatened species makes me proud to be part of this effort,” said Cal Water Vice President and General Counsel Lynne McGhee in a press release. “Whether in times of crisis or the average day, we remain committed to doing the right thing for both our community and environment.”

(L-R) Cal Water Superintendent Greg Silva, California Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle, Cal Water Regional Community Affairs Specialist Shannon McGovern, and Cal Water Oroville District Local Manager George Barber


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