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Yakima River Temperature Model, Phases I and II

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In the Yakima and Naches Rivers, water temperature is often a limiting factor in the survival of salmon during spawning and rearing. The Bureau of Reclamation uses a computer model to assess the effects of reservoir-management scenarios on temperatures and the success of salmon restoration. To provide the daily maximum and long-term water temperature data needed by the model, the Bureau of Reclamation asked the USGS to simulate water temperatures for the main stems of the Yakima and Naches Rivers under various scenarios.

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