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Klamath Tribes Approve Water Share Agreement

The Upper Klamath Agreement complements two other agreements CalTrout has been involved with in the Klamath Basin–the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the Klamath Hydroelectric Agreement.

This recent Upper Klamath Agreement represents an important moment of unity in the basin where a joint vision for a productive future for all is supported by a broad swath of Klamath stakeholders.  Together these agreements provide a path for basin wide fisheries sustainability and community health.

For more on the Agreement click to read the story by Herald and News.

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Searsville Dam Must Go

CalTrout, along with American Rivers and Beyond Searsville Dam coalition have worked for years to encourage Stanford University to properly assess Searsville Dam.  Fortunately, Stanford University has developed a stakeholder process to assess alternatives for Searsville Dam, including possible removal.

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We are advocating for Stanford to address the impacts of the dam on steelhead trout and to identify what would be needed to bring the dam into compliance.  We are hopeful that at the conclusion of the stakeholder process a plan for Searsville will emerge that includes removing the dam.  With San Francisquito Creek ranking #5 on America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2014 list, it’s time for solutions.

Read more about the issue in today’s SFGate.

Legal Victory for Coho

Last May, CalTrout, along with other conservation organizations, signed an open letter from the Science Community to the Marin County Board of Supervisors highlighting the importance of the San Geronimo Creek as critical habitat for one of the largest remaining wild populations of Central California Coast (CCC) coho salmon.

Despite the overwhelming evidence available in the scientific literature and in the studies which the County itself commissioned, the Board of Supervisors gave in to pressure from a vocal group of property rights advocates, and approved the draft ordinance as it stood. As a result of this, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) filed suit against the ordinance.

Last month the California Court of Appeals ruled in favor of SPAWN requiring the county to undergo a proper environmental review.  For more on the SFGate story  click here.

Big kudos to SPAWN for their work on this effort.

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CalTrout Presents Mount Shasta Spring Waters Data at Crystal Geyser Meeting: 3/24/14

CalTrout presented our Mount Shasta Spring Waters Report Monday night to a packed house of over 200 concerned residents. In response to Crystal Geyser’s proposed Mount Shasta bottling facility, the City of Mount Shasta hosted a series of presentations to provide information for the community.

The city asked CalTrout to present our report as a means to help inform the community and provide decision makers with existing scientific data.

Mount-Shasta-Spring-WatersCrystal Geyser recently purchased for $5 million an existing bottling facility—once occupied by The Dannon Company, Inc. — to manufacture sparkling water, juices, and teas. The company estimates they will draw a max usage of 365,000 gallons per day of spring water from Big Springs: the headwaters of the upper Sacramento River.

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Volunteers needed for fish and habitat surveys in Golden Trout Wilderness

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Heritage and Wild Trout Program (HWTP), is requesting volunteer assistance for fish surveys in the Golden Trout Wilderness Area. This is great opportunity to learn first-hand about native trout and how they are managed, while working in a beautiful wilderness setting and contributing to the conservation of golden trout.  For more details about the opportunity, click here.

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