- Streamkeeper's blog-Reaching Milestones. Hear from ED Curtis Knight on exciting projects benefiting #fishwaterpeople https://t.co/Iahv2gzwUN ->
- Most CA #dams built before EPA & ESA w/ little concern for fish or ecosystem. Help #salmon go home. Support CalTrou… https://t.co/nREXBCOGRs ->
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- How will #salmon fare with removal of #Klamath #dams? Hear from #CalTrout ED Curtis Knight in @KQEDnews https://t.co/meW67uJnFT ->
- Matilija Coalition awarded grant from @Hewlett_Found & @ResourcesLF to further mission in dismantling #MatilijaDam… https://t.co/zzVQY4BP7f ->
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- CalTrout to restore #JuneMountain, remove #barkbeetle infested pine trees, improve forest health & aquatic resource… https://t.co/t3lBX3NTLn ->
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A 20-year persistent effort by the Matilija Coalition to dismantle the obsolete Matilija dam is finally paying off. The group, comprised of California Trout, Surfrider Foundation, and Patagonia, has been awarded a $175K grant by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation through the Open Rivers Fund, a program operated by the Resources Legacy Fund (RLF). The Matilija dam, originally constructed to store water for agriculture, no longer serves a purpose since it’s been filled with trapped sediment for decades. Removal of the dam will reestablish freshwater and sediment flows and replenish sandy beaches at the mouth of the Ventura River. Steelhead will be able to once again access upper Matilija Creek, a historic rearing and spawning habitat for the federally endangered species.
The award money will be used to develop a fundraising plan, work plan, write grant proposals to further project work, conduct community outreach, and support the overall design complete details on the overall design for the Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project. This project is expected to last several more years, and will need more funding to fully complete the Coalition’s mission.
CalTrout is proud to be a part of this effort to remove obsolete dams and restore river ecosystems to their natural state. Learn more about our other dam projects on the Klamath and Eel river here.
Recent news coverage on the project: Matilija Dam demolition plan awarded $175,000, Ventura County Star
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- Dams are #1 cause of #salmon & #steelhead decline. Give today to help restore wild #fish abundance… https://t.co/J4oIKSQYI4 ->
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Thanks to a generous National Fish and Wildlife grant, CalTrout will be restoring 110 acres of land and removing approximately 145 decaying trees at June Mountain, working in partnership with Inyo National Forest and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Over 70 years of fire exclusion, combined with periods of extended drought, have resulted in unnaturally dense, stressed forested stands that are currently experiencing high levels of bark beetle activity. This has resulted in an excessive amount of dead and dying whitebark pine trees. Removing them will improve forest health, decrease the risk of high intensity wildland fires, and protect aquatic resources. These lands are critically important to watershed health and forest resilience at the June Mountain Ski Area. An untamed wildland fire in this area would have catastrophic effects to June Lake and downstream Grant Lake and Rush Creek watersheds; these waterways are historic spawning grounds for wild brown trout.
Dr. Mark Drew, CalTrout’s Eastern Sierra Manager, discussed how the non-infested trees will fare with the removal of damaged trees: “These trees are stressed due to drought. The best thing we can do is try to improve the health of the living trees and to remove dead ones to eliminate dead wood for the beetles.” Dead tree removal will begin in July 2017.
CalTrout will be working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor the plants before and after tree removal. In addition, we’ll be developing and implementing an education and outreach program centered on forest health and expected outcomes from this restoration project.
The June Mountain Ski Area Whitebark Pine Restoration Project was recently covered in the Sheet, “Save the Trees!”.
Humboldt Steelhead Days is a three-month-long celebration designed to bring awareness to the iconic Steelhead thriving in the wild waters of Humboldt County. Held during the “Peak of the Run,” from January 1 to March 31, Humboldt Steelhead Days brings anglers from across the nation to compete for a chance to catch the legendary fish of a thousand casts, with a prize pool of more than $10,000! All proceeds go toward building community awareness, protection, and river restoration on three watersheds: Eel, Mad and Trinity Rivers.
CalTrout will be hosting events on the Eel River while our partners will be coordinating activities on the Mad and Trinity Rivers. Our partners include:
Mad River Alliance: A community driven group working to protect clean local water and the ecological integrity of the Mad River watershed for the benefit of its human and natural communities. (www.madriveralliance.org)
Mountain Community & Culture: Dedicated to bringing a community center to the Trinity River Valley as well as promoting the Trinity River Restoration Program which is designed to restore naturally-spawning populations of salmon and steelhead to near pre-dam levels. (www.facebook.com/mountaincommunityandculture/)
Humboldt Lodging Alliance: Discounted rates for Humboldt Steelhead Days participants from January to March 2017. All registered participants will receive a HSD discount card in the mail to use at participating HLA partners. (www.humboldtlodging.com)
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Let me begin by emphatically stating – CalTrout is a non-partisan organization. Our most ardent supporters are of all political stripes, united by a common concern for the future of wild fish and rivers of our state.
But now, a Trump administration will bring change and potential challenges to our mission to ensure resilient wild fish in healthy California waters.
As Governor Brown said last month, ‘if Trump gets elected, I am going to build a wall around California’. He was joking. Yet, the joke may become a metaphor for our strategy to protect California’s environmental regulations. California has long set an example for other states to follow, and we cannot allow our values to be compromised by weakened federal regulations.
Near term, our principal concern is the weakening of federal environmental protection laws and reduced federal funding for conservation projects. As we look at how our portfolio of work could be impacted, concerns include:
- a weakened Endangered Species Act potentially impacting our precedent setting Shasta Safe Harbor and Southern steelhead work;
- a weakened Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) could mean less consideration for fish in the way dams are managed;
- a decrease in protections for Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers could leave rivers like the Smith vulnerable;
- an underfunded Forest Service could jeopardize our Sierra Meadows work;
- a weakened Clean Water Act could compromise our efforts to ensure clean, cold water for both fish and people;
- the privatization and selling off of federal lands could compromise public access and fish habitat.
Commencing immediately, we begin the work to assess and manage these risks. We are reviewing our projects to identify which have a strong federal nexus—either dependent on federal law (eg, ESA, Clean Water Act) or on federal funding. If federal law leaves our resources exposed to exploitation, then we will ensure that existing or amended California regulations fill the gap.
Fortunately, California has strong state laws—the Public Trust Doctrine, Fish and Game Code 5937 dictating adequate flows below dams, and predominant state control over water rights to name a few. We will be proactive in Sacramento and will continue our work to empower those laws.
Our organization has always been a voice for the entire state of California, whether urban or rural, farmer or fisherman. We are fortunate to have strong local support for our projects through our regional approach of working with diverse interests. This will become increasingly important.
Threats to our mission come in many forms. This is just the latest. CalTrout is uniquely positioned, leading by example, to solve complex resource issues that balance the needs of wild fish and people.
With your continued involvement and our 45 years of experience and success we will navigate through these uncertain times together.
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