Popular salmon festival gets flushed

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The Department of Fish and Game has announced the American River Salmon Festival has been canceled for 2010. Due to budget and staff cuts experienced by many of the sponsors and partners, as well as state employee furloughs and negative economic conditions, the department and other festival sponsors have had to cancel the event for the second year in a row. The annual October celebration is normally held at the Nimbus Hatchery and Lake Natoma, providing the public with a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the American and Sacramento rivers and their connection to the salmon population. Also canceled is The American River Salmon School Days, a field trip for fourth-grade schoolchildren that has been held in conjunction with the festival in previous years. The American River Salmon School Days instructed students about the importance of clean and healthy rivers as well as habitat for salmon and other species. A possible resumption of the festival and The American River Salmon School Days will be considered in the future, according to a department statement.