Illustrating the Power of Collaboration to Restore Salmon Runs by Will Holbert Apr 7, 2020 Water News One of a number of habitat restoration success stories includes ongoing collaborative work to bring back the salmon population on Northern California’s Butte Creek. A recently launched website developed through a partnership between the California Rice Commission and the Northern California Water Association shares the Butte Creek success story through a documentary video produced by Emmy Award winning producer, photographer and editor Kit Tyler. For more than two decades, Butte Creek salmon numbers have soared, thanks to an innovative, wide-ranging collaboration between landowners, urban and agricultural water managers, conservationists and state and federal officials. The video features interviews with Western Canal Water District General Manager Ted Trimble and retired ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn. The groundbreaking effort has helped guide and contribute to a larger, concerted program to enhance our environment by improving spawning and migratory corridors for salmon and reconnecting them to historic floodplains in the region. In Butte Creek, the population of returning salmon has recovered from hundreds during the 1990s, to today’s runs that see between 6,000 and 8,000 salmon returning each year.