Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Prevent the extinction of the iconic coho salmon due to the extended drought in California
California’s iconic coho salmon is in danger of being wiped out due to drastically low water levels from the extreme drought that has plagued the state for the past three years. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has warned that the low water levels are preventing the salmon group from reaching their spawning grounds and preventing new salmon from getting back to the ocean.
Around 100 juvenile salmon were found trapped in a creek, unable to complete their swim back to salt water. The Department of Fish and Wildlife was able to recover them and move them to an artificial hatchery, where they will hopefully mature properly. However, if the drought continues, these salmon may never be able to return to their natural habitat and the coho salmon may approach extinction. These fish used to thrive in the rivers and creeks of California, but human intervention and drought fueled by man-made climate change has resulted in zero coho salmon eggs found last winter.
If no efforts are made to correct for the damage we’ve done, this salmon species may become a thing of the past. By signing this petition, you’ll urge the state of California to create a plan and dedicate funds toward saving the coho salmon. We’re responsible for the plight of this species, and we have the resources necessary to save them from extinction—all we need to do is act.
Dear Governor Brown,
Due to the long and severe drought in your state, the iconic coho salmon is under threat of extinction. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has found that low water levels in rivers and creeks are preventing the salmon from being able to swim upstream to their spawning grounds, and any fish that do hatch and survive are getting trapped upstream instead of making it back to the ocean where they can mature and survive.
As long as the coho salmon is unable to properly reproduce, their numbers will continue to drop drastically over the years until there are none left. Not only will you lose a well-known symbol of coastal California, the loss of salmon populations has a significant impact on the general ecosystem of whatever area they populate. If nothing is done to intervene in the decline of this salmon species, there’s no telling how far the damage will spread.
I implore you to intervene on behalf of the coho salmon. Something needs to be done to ensure that the salmon can survive until the drought ends and water levels rise. If nothing is done, it’s likely that we’ll lose them to extinction. We need a plan of action and dedicated funds to ensure that this does not happen. By doing this, you’ll help to reduce the permanent damage done by man-made climate change.
[Your Name Here]
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