In regard to "What's happening in the ocean affects salmon the most" (March 9, Page B-7). Allen Short is the general manager of the Modesto Irrigation District. He believes the problems in our ocean are why there is a lack of salmon coming up the Tuolumne River. It takes little salmon to make big salmon to spawn. When the fish were many, the river flow was high (bank to bank) from November to June.
I have lived here 70 years. I've seen the Tuolumne go from clean and beautiful to a slow-moving sewer. The water that is released from Don Pedro is nowhere near enough for the little salmon to make it to the ocean. So, how come the ocean is the problem? I know water is needed more now and worth more than it was 70 years ago. It is too bad nature has to suffer.