The answer is Yes! THIS DOWNSTREAM SMOLT SYSTEM CAN GET SMOLT OVER FOLSOM DAM ON THEIR RETURN TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN TO MATURE! IT IS IN USE ON THE NORTH FORK OF THE CLACKAMUS RIVER NOW. North Fork Development is located about 14 miles downstream
When Folsom and Shasta dams were built, they cut off miles of spawning habitat for salmon. Chinook salmon especially are threatened with extinction. With a warming climate, there is a big question whether enough spawning grounds can be found below the dams to preserve the species.