CalTrout and Trout Unlimited’s 7th Annual Casting Call was a success! We headed to the Capitol lawn to chat with legislators and the public, raising awareness for and celebrating California’s native cold-water fish populations. The health of salmonid populations is inextricably tied to the health of rivers and streams. Degraded water systems threaten the health and economic well-being of all Californians. Protecting and restoring our state’s river and stream habitat for salmonid populations will, in turn, benefit the people and the economy of California.
This year’s Casting Call started with a signing ceremony for the newly-established Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership (CVSHP), of which CalTrout is a founding member. The CVSHP is a new collaboration among natural resource agencies, NGOs, private organizations, and water suppliers to help reverse the alarming downward trends of the Central Valley’s salmon populations.
Later in the afternoon, Assemblymembers, Senators, and natural resource agency members braved the Sacramento heat and joined us on the lawn for casting lessons and a friendly competition.
Photos by Mike Wier.