Dams are the biggest factor in the decline of our native salmon and steelhead.
Most California dams were built before 1970—before the Environmental Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act—with little consideration for fish or the ecosystem.
It’s time to let wild fish return home.
Many dams serve an important and vital role in providing our water, energy and security. Some can be re-engineered to meet the needs of fish as well as people. But many are old, obsolete, and even dangerous.
There is no single solution.
CalTrout partners with scientists, land owners, dam owners, agencies and legislators, to help ensure that the best possible solutions for wild fish and people are put into practice when evaluating dams.
Long-term projects have big impact.
CalTrout has worked to ensure our state will always have abundant populations of wild fish thriving in healthy waters since 1971 and with your help, we will continue to lead the charge.