Fish being saved from low canals in Sparks


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Fish being saved from low canals in Sparks

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Aug 6, 2014

The ongoing drought is taking a toll on reservoirs and rivers in Nevada.

Nevada Department of Wildlife personnel and volunteers are pulling fish out of canals in Sparks.

The Washoe and Verdi ditches are used to generate electricity. Now, there's not enough water and the canals will be drained, and fish that live there will die.

Workers are using backpack electro-fishers to stun and catch fish with nets. It's a tactic normally used to count fish populations.

"In this case, it's a salvage operation. We're trying to make sure that the fish that are in these get a second chance and that the anglers get a chance to enjoy them," said Chris Healy.

Several species of fish live in the canals, including rainbow and brown trout.