- How Saving Salmon Could Help Ease the Next Drought https://t.co/MwxQ60LeJJ | @WaterDeeply #cadrought #cawater ->
- Protecting Sierra meadows helps #climatechange #cawater https://t.co/navrTVPgCx ->
- California Trout 45 years of Heritage HD: https://t.co/572dG5Gpl9 via @YouTube ->
- Join us for Casting Call on the Capitol Lawn this Thurs. https://t.co/u8maCTu3gl ->
For the last several years, Jacob Katz, CalTrout’s Central California director, working in partnership with farmers, the Department of Water Resources and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, has been demonstrating how salmon reared on flooded rice fields grow bigger and heartier than their river-reared brethren for their journey to the ocean.
That work, known as the Nigiri Project, and the science behind has inspired the formation of the Central Valley Salmon Partnership which aims to put that science into action on a much larger scale. The online publication Water Deeply interviewed Jacob about the work and plans for the Central Valley Salmon Partnership.
This isn’t rocket science. The carbon that is the foundation of the food web, gets made out on the floodplain, not in the river channel. Unless we can start to spread water out so we can get that carbon back into the aquatic food web, you’re basically starving salmon and smelt populations. One aspect of what the Central Valley Salmon Partnership can do is become a venue to get all the necessary entities to agree on the science, and a framework, to put all that science into action.
The oped in today’s Sacramento Bee by CalTrout’s Sierra Headwaters Regional Director, Mark Drew, Ph.D., provides an
overview of the Sierra Meadows Partnership and its work to develop a protocol to quantify greenhouse gas emissions in Sierra meadows and to establish related carbon credits that could be transacted in a carbon market. Funds raised through selling the credits could support meadow restoration and management.
Sierra meadows are the first stop for the flakes of snow and drops of rain that comprise the water supply for most Californians. With climate change models projecting that more rain and less snow will fall in the Sierra in decades to come, the role that meadows play in storing water is likely to become even more important.
To read the full oped in the Sacramento Bee, click here.
You can read more about CalTrout’s work on Sierra meadows restoration in The Current here:
- CA's epic fishing contest is back! #5Rivers Challenge 8/24-28. Register Today! #flyfishing https://t.co/JAtX3UJUjm ->
- Love salmon swimming up stream #BayToBreakers. If only #cawater were as plentiful as the people in the race! https://t.co/N83HYAMvYG ->
- Take Action to Stop Strip Mines on Wild & Scenic Smith River https://t.co/N2zGrb70qT #flyfishing #savethesmith ->
California’s Premiere Wild Trout Fishing Contest Announced
August 24 – 28, 2016 at Clearwater Lodge
The most fun fly fishing event in California returns to the renowned wild trout waters of Northern California – Hat Creek, Fall River, Pit River, McCloud River and Upper Sacramento River. The challenge will have you testing your angling skills while fishing some of the most remarkable rivers in the state, all while benefiting CalTrout and local conservation projects.
The contest will consist of eight two-person teams that will fish each wild trout designated section of river over three days. Prizes will be awarded in several categories including most fish, biggest fish, and total inches of fish from a single river.
The grand prize winner will be the team that catches the greatest total inches of trout from all five rivers. The winner’s names will be engraved on the beautiful Five Rivers Trophy, permanently displayed at Clearwater Lodge. All teams will receive great tackle items and other prizes. Entry fee is $5,000 per team and includes four nights meals and accommodations at Clearwater Lodge, three days of guides, lunches, contest tee shirt, and gift bag. $3,000 of fee is a tax-deductible contribution to California Trout.
Five Rivers Challenge is sponsored by California Trout, Clearwater Lodge, Patagonia, and PG&E. For more about the event including rules and registration information, visit caltrout.org/5-rivers-challenge/
Action Needed Now
Your comments and support for the action made a difference! Thank you.
Here’s one more very important thing you can do to
help protect the Smith…
The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have completed an Environmental Assessment on a proposed mineral withdrawal and are receiving public comments right now. The proposed mineral withdrawal is a very good thing for the Smith River because it will help prevent strip mining for nickel in the headwaters of the North Fork Smith —- as well as in headwaters of the Pistol River, Illinois River, and Hunter Creek.
Our partners at Smith River Alliance are compiling signatures on a public comment letter to submit to the Forest Service. Click here to add your name today.
Comments are being accepted through May 27th. Do it today and help ensure that the Smith remains wild and scenic for generations to come.
- Both bills approach CA's entrenched H2O problems from the misguided idea that we can… https://t.co/XJAhohmMv6 Fish abundance=H2O security ->
- April Streamkeeper's bLog – #Fishmas is here – https://t.co/RFRJd0ip0L #flyfishing #trout ->
- Looks like the Delta smelt will outlast Ted Cruz’s bid for WH, which appears to have gone extinct. https://t.co/7671k7wENP #cawater ->
This time the setting is the San Bernadino National Forest where the U.S. Forest Service has proposed to grant Nestlé a new permit to continue piping water out of the national forest. Three environmental groups are suing the federal government in an attempt to shut down the 4.5-mile pipeline and a petition demanding Nestlé “turn off the spigot” has garnered thousands of signatures and comments.
Nestlé has been piping water from the national forest for decades for its Arrowhead brand, paying a nominal $524 annual fee on a long-expired permit, according to the Desert Sun. Piping water during drought years is a major issue expressed in many of the comments. Permit fees and drought issues aside, environmental impacts are also a concern.
Ileene Anderson and Lisa Belenky of the Center for Biological Diversity said in a 28-page letter that the Forest Service’s “proposal to issue the permit first and undertake the needed studies later, while water extraction continues, is fundamentally flawed and unlawful.”
They said that while the proposal does include environmental studies, the approach is flawed because the agency wouldn’t halt water diversions during the study period – which would allow researchers to observe the differences in the creek between when the water is being diverted and when it isn’t.
Click to read the Desert Sun article.
It’s a familiar battle, one that CalTrout, TU and The McCloud Watershed Council fought in 2003 when Nestlé attempted to bottle water from the McCloud River. The coalition successfully took on the multi-national giant 1) at a grassroots level, 2) on the legal front, 3) with innovative media campaigns (shown here), and 4) through science and monitoring to understand and articulate the potential impacts.
We’ll see how this latest battle turns out.
Earlier this month, we encouraged our constituents to comment on a petition to designate the North Fork of the Smith River as an Outstanding Resource Water with the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission.
Such a designation would protect the Smith from mining taking place anywhere in the Smith River watershed, including existing claims like the one by Red Flat Mining Corporation highlighted in our documentary film Eternally Wild.
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted 3-1 in favor of initiating a rule making process that moves the North Fork of the Smith River and its tributaries in Curry County, Oregon a step closer to designation as an Outstanding Resource Waters.
To read more about the designation in the Del Norte Triplicate, click here.