The Santa Clara River once teemed with Southern California steelhead. Now it is nearly devoid of them.
Our intent is to reverse this decline by providing access to steelhead spawning waters and restoring the Santa Clara’s natural river processes. Toward this end, we are:
- Securing effective fish passage at Vern Freeman Diversion Dam
- Securing flows from Pyramid Dam into Middle Piru Creek that will effectively support native species, including rainbow trout
- Securing flows and fish passage for steelhead at Santa Felicia Dam
- Protecting public lands for conservation in the Santa Clara Watershed
Key Partners: Friends of the River, Friends of Santa Clara, Keep Sespe Wild, Los Padres ForestWatch, Ventura Coastkeeper/Wishtoyo