CalTrout Partners with The Nature Conservancy for 10/17-18 Shasta Open House

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) sends their invitation to the annual Open House at the Shasta Big Springs Ranch, on Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th.  Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  Stream-side chats with expert resource professionals will occur at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m both days.  Don’t miss CalTrout’s Curtis Knight speaking on Spring Creek Food-Webs on Friday October 17th at 11 AM.

Fall Chinook salmon will be in the river.  Past years have afforded spectators an opportunity to see spawning salmon, as well as enjoy up close views of the Shasta Valley and its wildlife.  Fun and educational opportunities will be available, with experts on hand to answer your questions.

Pack your picnic and come spend the day on the Shasta River, at the Shasta Big Springs Ranch!

California Trout is a conservation partner in the 2014 Open House, with CalTrout folks Meadow Fitton and Ally Sherlock spearheading coordination of this year’s event in collaboration TNC’s Mount Shasta office.

For more information, see the attached flyer or call Ally Sherlock at 530-436-5056  allysherlock@gmail.com.

F3T Coming to Redding

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Now in its 8th year, the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) is fly fishing’s largest independent film event and is coming to Redding’s Cascade Theatre on October 4th, 2014, presented by CalTrout.

Featuring fly fishing adventure films from around the world like Long Live the King, North of Wild and Blood Knot, this is an evening you don’t want to miss.

The Redding F3T show is presented by California Trout in partnership with Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers. Proceeds from the evening will fund CalTrout’s conservation work around the state including the Hat Creek and Fall River Restoration Projects and work on the McCloud and the Shasta Rivers, along with helping to fund STFF’s clubhouse renovations.

Get your tickets today! Tickets can be purchased online here or at The Fly Shop in Redding.

Doors open at 6:00 PM; show starts at 7:00 PM

Eiler Fire Threatens Hat Creek

Two large wildfires burning in the Northern California threaten fisheries and the Hat Creek Restoration Site. The Eiler fire is still only 20% contained and burning less then 10 miles from our Hat Creek Restoration site. The Bald Fire is 30% contained and still threatens the town of Burney. Cassel, Johnson Park and Big Eddy Estates have all been evacuated and a Evacuation Advisory is still in effect for the town of Burney. 

For updates on the fire see the stories at:
http://wildfiretoday.com/page/2/

http://www.krcrtv.com/tuesday-fire-update-containment-of-eiler-fire-grows-to-20/27319984

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HCRP Crowdfunding Goal Surpassed

We’re thrilled to announce that we surpassed the goal of $25,000 for our Hat Creek Restoration Project crowdfunding campaign.  Almost $11,000 was raised through the Indiegogo platform and an additional $22,500 was donated directly to CalTrout bringing the total amount to $33,420. The donations secure a matching grant from Orvis and bring the total funding for the 3-year project to $1.15M.

We’d like to recognize and give special thanks to Sherri Wood whose generous donation on behalf of the World of Outdoors Foundation (WOOD Foundation) put us well above our mark. The $20,000 donation was made in memory of her husband, David, an avid fly fisherman who loved Hat Creek and would certainly appreciate the work being done to restore a robust, vibrant trout fishery for future generations to experience.

Each and every contribution, large and small, will help to bring Hat Creek back to its glory. Thanks to all who supported this important project.

CalTrout Thanks Senators for Introducing Klamath Basin Legislation

California Trout, along with other organizations, extended our thanks to Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley and California Senators Feinstein and Boxer for their work on drafting legislation for the Klamath Basin settlement agreements.

CalTrout is a signatory to the Agreements which will, among others things, restore access to over 400 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead through the removal of four dams on the mainstem Klamath, provide certainty to water users, promote economic stability and help resolve decades of water disputes.

We will continue to provide updates on the bill’s progress. You can read more about the legislation in today’s Times-Standard article.

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AGREEMENT STAKEHOLDERS SUPPORT SENATOR WYDEN’S KLAMATH LEGISLATION

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Senator Ron Wyden introduced a bill today in the United States Senate aimed at implementing hard-won negotiated agreements among a wide variety of stakeholders in the Klamath Basin. The agreements establish a water sharing plan aimed at supporting ranchers and farmers, Tribes, native fisheries and bird refuges in the basin.

In response to Senator Wyden’s leadership in establishing a brighter economic and environmental future for all Klamath Basin residents, agreement stakeholders issued the following statement:

“We thank Senator Ron Wyden for working tirelessly to help us find a lasting solution to our water sharing challenges in the Klamath Basin. We are hopeful that this legislation will finally bring an end to more than a century of challenging times in our community. People came together from all corners of the basin to hammer out these agreements, and the give and take has not always been easy. We are grateful to Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley, Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer for sponsoring this important legislation. Similarly, Governor Kitzhaber and other leaders who have supported our local process have given all basin residents a reason to hope for a brighter future here for our children, our grandchildren, and the fish and wildlife that rely on this region’s natural resources for survival.”

This statement was released on behalf of:

American Rivers
California Trout
Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR)
Karuk Tribe
Klamath Water Users Association
The Nature Conservancy
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA)
PacifiCorp
Salmon River Restoration Council
Sustainable Northwest
Trout Unlimited
Upper Klamath Water Users

For those interested in the history and details, you can read Senator Wyden’s address to Congress here.

CalTrout Launches Hat Creek Restoration Project Site

With CalTrout’s Hat Creek Restoration Project kicking into high gear, we want to be sure our members and supporters are kept abreast of the latest developments in this 3-year, $1.1 MM  endeavor.  To that end, we’ve created this HCRP micro-site where you can find all you’ve ever wanted to know about Hat Creek, the project plans and the partners with whom we’re collaborating.  We’ll be posting frequently with the latest news and developments so bookmark it, share it, and visit often.

We’ll also be posting to Facebook and tweeting from the field #HatCreek so follow that too!

Water Talks: Fire and Water – Wednesday April 30th 2014, 6pm to 8pm, Mount Shasta Sisson Museum

Join us for an educational panel presentation: Fire and Water

Wednesday April 30th 2014, 6pm to 8pm
Mount Shasta Sisson Museum, 1 North Old Stage Road Mount Shasta, CA

Fire and Water? How does fire on the landscape interact with water resources in the watershed including potential impacts to water quality?

This program is in partnership with the Shasta Valley RCD’s Forest Stewardship Workshop Series.

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Klamath Tribes Approve Water Share Agreement

The Upper Klamath Agreement complements two other agreements CalTrout has been involved with in the Klamath Basin–the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the Klamath Hydroelectric Agreement.

This recent Upper Klamath Agreement represents an important moment of unity in the basin where a joint vision for a productive future for all is supported by a broad swath of Klamath stakeholders.  Together these agreements provide a path for basin wide fisheries sustainability and community health.

For more on the Agreement click to read the story by Herald and News.

CalTrout Presents Mount Shasta Spring Waters Data at Crystal Geyser Meeting: 3/24/14

CalTrout presented our Mount Shasta Spring Waters Report Monday night to a packed house of over 200 concerned residents. In response to Crystal Geyser’s proposed Mount Shasta bottling facility, the City of Mount Shasta hosted a series of presentations to provide information for the community.

The city asked CalTrout to present our report as a means to help inform the community and provide decision makers with existing scientific data.

Mount-Shasta-Spring-WatersCrystal Geyser recently purchased for $5 million an existing bottling facility—once occupied by The Dannon Company, Inc. — to manufacture sparkling water, juices, and teas. The company estimates they will draw a max usage of 365,000 gallons per day of spring water from Big Springs: the headwaters of the upper Sacramento River.

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2013 Pit River Anglers Satisfied With Catch Rates, Size, and Overall Experience

A three year angler survey conducted by Spring Rivers Ecological Sciences on behalf of PG&E suggests that the Pit River remains one of the best wild trout fisheries in northern California.

PG&E’s federal hydropower license requires them to monitor annual fishing results and angler satisfaction in the Pit 3, 4, 5 reaches.

The 100 plus page report, titled Pit 3, 4, and 5 River Fish Monitoring Plan: 2013 Angler Survey Report, surveyed 131 fisherman last season and found that anglers remain satisfied with the “overall fishing experience.” Anglers commented that higher flows do limit previously accessible waters, but the fishing remains above average.

According to the report, “Positive Angler Satisfaction Ratings,” catch rates, size, and overall experience have actually improved slightly in all reaches each consecutive year since the surveys began in 2011.” Additionally, “During the 2011, 2012, and 2013 season, the substantial majority of anglers (>73%) in all three reaches indicated that despite higher flows, they would return and fish the same reach again.”

Pit-River-(Brauneis)Guide satisfaction appears to be a different story. “Guides surveyed for the report indicated that the angling experience for their clients had decreased from the previous year in each of the three survey years.” The majority of guides indicated that the percent of clients capable of fishing the Pit River has decreased each year due to high flows and limited accessibility.

As part of their license, PG&E is also required to conduct numerous other annual monitoring reports that include River Fish, Gravel Augmentation, Macroinvertebrates, and Water Quality and Temperature.

Key highlights from these reports are listed below:

  • Pit River rainbow trout in 2013 exhibit length-at-age estimates that equal or exceed most other northern CA populations reported in scientific literature
  • 2013 trout condition factors remain among highest observed when compared with data from nearby rivers, indicating that Pit River trout are robust and healthy
  • 33 days last season anglers experienced flows that were 2-3 times higher than normal (over 800 cfs) due to power outages and experimental whitewater flows
  • Average biomass of rainbow trout was highest in Pit 3 (9 lbs. per acre) and declined in downstream reaches
  • Catch rates were highest in Pit 3 Reach (2.2 trout per hour per angler) and lowest in Pit 5 (1.3 trout per angler)

To browse the reports, please visit the “Pit 3,4,5 License Implementation Website” set up by PG&E.

For a brief history of the Pit and its flows and what it means for fishermen, check out the video CalTrout produced last year, How to Fish the Pit River’s New Flows.

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