Good news if you’re a Southern California steelhead!
CalTrout received a grant from Wells Fargo & Company and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help fund our San Diego and Orange Counties Watersheds Steelhead Restoration Coalition (SanDOC for short).
This will help us grow and solidify the Southern California Steelhead Coalition, which already encompasses a sizable list of government and non-governmental stakeholders:
- Trout Unlimited
- Golden State Flycasters
- The National Audubon Society
- San Diego Coastkeeper
- The Chaparral Lands Conservancy
- National Marine Fisheries Service
- US Fish & Wildlife Servidce
- US Fisheries Service
- The United States Marine Corps
CalTrout was one of 64 nonprofit recipients of Wells Fargo’s 2013 Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program, which was started in 2012 as part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits and universities by 2020.
It is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through a $15 million, five-year relationship to promote environmental stewardship across the country.
The SanDOC program is run by recent hire Roxanne Carter — an attorney with a real appreciation for steelhead and the ocean (look for an interview with Carter soon).
With so many pressures working against them (population, water diversions, barriers to migration, etc), endangered Southern California steelhead will require strategic and coordinated efforts if they’re ever going to recover — including the backing of a strong coalition.
We thank Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Service for their support.