Competition runs high for water in California, especially during drought periods. Climate models predict drought may be the new normal. Many of California’s native trout, steelhead and salmon – all of which rely on cold, clean water for survival – are in danger of extinction within the next century. Several species are already protected under State and Federal law.
California Trout advocates for a future in which both the quantity and quality of water in rivers and streams is protected in order to secure the best chance for survival for native fish. We must ensure we have water for people, and we need to make sure that we don’t damage sensitive fish populations in the process. Depressed fish populations are less resilient and often require strict regulations making it harder to manage water during drought conditions. The right approach to water management has the potential to simultaneously meet the needs of people and fish.