- #MatilijaDam removal will take years & a lot more funding, but CalTrout is in it for the long haul https://t.co/MjoDm3A5Dt #ditchdams ->
- Santa Clara River: Restoring Resilience for southern steelhead https://t.co/2tcsa5YcIT #santaclarariversteelheadcoalition #fishwaterpeople ->
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- Meet us on the Capitol Lawn – https://t.co/V24skSlfuB ->
- Dams on Eel River are up for relicensing. This is our opportunity to make our voices heard. Submit a comment to FER… https://t.co/En7up8Wdnq ->
- This former mill site will be integrated into the nat. park and fish habitat will be restored https://t.co/myPxdcr0zx @savetheredwoods ->
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- SoCal #steelhead are resilient, but need our help to return & flourish in their native range https://t.co/tWM6ZcnJVL @ArroyoSecoFound @KPCC ->
- Great article on our Sierra Meadows Partnership. Meadow restoration provides wide range of benefits https://t.co/UdsU6jW8Qi ->
- Mad River restoration project to improve juvenile #cohosalmon habitat & enhance recreation is moving forward. https://t.co/x4ltaPYwhh ->
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California Trout is partnering with the McKinleyville Community Services District to pursue a salmonid restoration project along the banks of the Mad River in Humboldt County. Nearly four acres of sewer percolation ponds will be decommissioned and converted to coho salmon habitat. The ponds were previously used to dispose treated sewer wastewater. Restoration will involve connecting the ponds to the Mad River, providing a refuge for juvenile coho salmon to fatten up in calmer waters before they make their journey out to sea. This mimics naturally occurring backwaters.
Once restored, the river-front property which is owned by the District will provide much-needed estuary habitat on the Mad River and allows an opportunity to assess the irrigation potential of a riparian forest for treated wastewater disposal. Recreational hiking trails are also included in the restoration plan, enhancing public access to the scenic river and dune overlook.
This is a wonderful opportunity for agencies and municipalities to achieve multiple benefits for our water resources. “CalTrout works to achieve solutions to complex resource issues for the benefit of water, fish, and people,” stated Mary Burke, Program Manager for our North Coast office. “The Mad River Estuary Floodplain Restoration project is a great example of putting this work into action.”
Read more on the project from the Mad River Union, Coho salmon nursery moves forward in McKinleyville.
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- Prairie Creek restoration project to improve salmon habitat moves forward https://t.co/PgF82qrg2i @SavetheRedwoods… https://t.co/GzYRKnaxHW ->
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CalTrout and partner Save the Redwoods League are excited to announce that the Lower Prairie Creek Restoration Project has been recommended for funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to restore rearing, spawning, and over-winter habitat for three species of Endangered Species Act-listed salmon. The project site at the confluence of Prairie and Redwood Creeks near the southern gateway to Redwood National and State Parks in Humboldt County. The League bought the former mill site from California Redwood Company in 2013 with the intention to build a visitor center and restore the creek. The intention is for the land to become part of Redwood National Park.
The League and CalTrout have been working together for the past few years to study the site, develop restoration concepts and build support among agencies and the community. This award will facilitate restoration actions within a critical section of the larger Redwood Creek watershed, thereby providing some of the best potential habitat to contribute to the recovery of coho, Chinook salmon, and steelhead.
The most downstream section of Prairie Creek is in poor condition. Industrial scale timber harvesting, flood control construction, road and municipal infrastructure, and the conversion of wetlands and bottom lands to agricultural production have profoundly impacted stream conditions and water quality within the Redwood Creek watershed. These land use changes have led to damaged instream habitat; elevated sedimentation in stream channels; and decreased connectivity with floodplains and tributaries. The vision for the site is to restore a functional creek channel with access to the productive floodplain, backwater areas, and seasonal wetlands over a range of flow conditions for the benefit of winter and summer rearing juvenile salmonids that will increase population productivity, as well as restore fish access to tributaries to increase spawning habitat.
NOAA’s 2017 Community-based Restoration Program Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants Program recommended funding of $289,500 to fund Year One of this multi-year award, in which we will continue design, planning, and permitting activities. Subsequent funding up to $603,375 total for 2018 and beyond will be awarded annually, depending on project need and available federal funds.
Save the Redwoods League and California Trout are very grateful to NOAA for its partnership and support. Read the award announcement here.
This project was featured in the Times Standard, “Former Orick mill site conversion to national park before commission“, August 2, 2017.
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The federal government could gain control over how California uses it water resources under H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act, which was passed by the House today. The bill, sponsored by California representative David Valadao, would bring more water to the Central Valley for agriculture, but would impede the Endangered Species Act and preempt California’s water laws in doing so. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) said in an interview, the GROW Act “does not strike the right balance because there’s no reason that we have to accept a false choice and somehow weaken the Endangered Species Act in order to be smarter with water policy.”
California Trout is reaching out to our representatives urging them to oppose the bill, along with our partners, Golden Gate Salmon Association, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and the American Sportfishing Association. We cannot allow regulations to weaken or eliminate protection for California’s rivers, salmon fishery, and the Bay-Delta estuary.
On behalf of all of us at CalTrout, our Executive Director, Curtis Knight, has issued the following letter to our reps. We encourage you to reach out to your Senators as well to ask that they vote no on H.R. 23. (Click here to find your representative’s phone numbers. For individuals, calling their offices is the most efficient way to get your voice heard. Write a short script to help you out, use language from our letter if that’s helpful.)
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- Good news for these threatened, but tough fish https://t.co/1COddo3TMg #ditchdams #riversmatter #californiafish #steelhead ->
- Our North Coast Dir. Darren Mierau discusses salmonid decline in CA https://t.co/1odxv2z0Gj @905KHSU #EcoNews #fishinhotwater #salmon ->
- Dams on #EelRiver are up for relicensing. Here's our chance to speak up https://t.co/eilGHhjNmL #ditchdams ->
Submit a comment about the future of dams on the Eel River.
The Eel River needs our help. Two dams (Cape Horn and Scott) on the upper mainstem of the river, known as the Potter Valley Project, block fish access to important high elevation habitat. Volitional passage of salmon and steelhead to prime upstream spawning and rearing habitat is a necessary step to recovery of salmonid abundance in the Eel River.
The Potter Valley Project is now up for re-licensing through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is a great opportunity for stakeholders (that means us!) to submit comments on how we want this process to go.
Specifically, we are disappointed that FERC failed to include decommissioning in their scoping notice as an alternative for detailed study. They claimed that the Eel River dams are “a viable, safe, and clean renewable source of power and consumptive water to the region.” We do not agree. Dam decommissioning and removal needs to be an alternative fully analyzed in the FERC process. Therefore, we recommended studying options for partial or complete removal, e.g., lowering Scott Dam or replacing Cape Horn dam with a different diversion facility or seasonal dam.
Deadline: FERC requires comments be submitted by August 4th; you can do it online or through the mail (see below for address and sample). *Include docket # P-77-285 in your comment.* Please feel free to use our sample letter below, or use our language in this post to help write your comment. Reach out to us if you’d like more information.
We remain hopeful for a collaborative resolution of the proceeding given the close relationships, goodwill, and talent that can be assembled by stakeholders.
The time is now to take major steps towards rehabilitation of our inland fisheries to support our anadromous fish populations in California, which includes opening up additional fish habitat beyond existing fish barriers, i.e., dams. The Eel River represents California’s best opportunity to restore wild fish abundance, and we need your help to fulfill this vision. Make your voice heard, submit your comments today.
Submit online or mail comments to:
Kimberly Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426
*Include docket # P-77-285 in your comment*
Dear Secretary Bose,
I have several concerns about relicensing the Cape Horn and Scott Dams on the upper mainstem Eel River. FERC should reissue the Scoping Document to include decommissioning and dam removal as an alternative for detailed study in the Environmental Impact Study. This project entails significant and lasting environmental effects on the Eel River, and does not match what the Scoping Document describes as a “viable, safe, and clean renewable source of power and consumptive water to the region.” Scott Dam and Cape Horn Dam block fish access to important high elevation habitat. To recover Eel River fisheries, the best options for fish passage (including the option to remove the obstacles) need to be studied.