- November Streamkeeper's bLog – There is Much to be Thankful Forhttp://eepurl.com/bGhj5f ->
- Good overview of why meadow resto is so important and the good work being done by SFC, CalTrout & others. https://t.co/WvNabaF2Ey ->
- November Streamkeeper's bLog – There is Much to be Thankful For – https://t.co/cmMYW3OpXC ->
In the Capital Public Radio segment, Restoring California Meadows Could Help Combat Climate Change And Increase Water Supply, Bridget Fithian with Sierra Foothill Conservancy gives a good explanation of the importance of the meadow restoration work being conducted throughout the Sierra by the Conservancy, CalTrout and others who are part of the Sierra Meadow Restoration and Research Partnership.
A deep stream moves water through the landscape too quickly. This meadow is supposed to capture water from melting snow and slowly release it downstream into the Merced River.
“When you have that slow release, you reduce evaporation and you reduce the temperature of the water,”says Fithian.”So you really increase the quality of the water and you increase the quantity.”
Wet meadows also have native grasses with robust root structures. That serves another important purpose – sucking carbon dioxide out of the air and storing it in the soil. “
Click here to listen to the interview or read the full article.
There is much for which to be thankful
A word from CalTrout’s ED, Curtis Knight
As we embark on the holiday season, I want to offer a simple thank you.
CalTrout works to solve the state’s complex resource issues while balancing the needs of wild fish and people in California. And you enable that work.
Because of donors like you we can work on projects like:
- Completing the Eel River Action Plan to restore its critical habitat
- Advocating for funding and science-based recovery for the imperiled coho salmon, particularly in the Scott and Shasta Rivers
- Restoring stream habitat on Hat Creek working with the Pit River Tribe workforce training and jobs program
- Restoring meadows throughout the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades to increase carbon sequestration, water storage, and recovery of native species
- Developing innovative win-win solutions working with rice farmers in the Central Valley to fatten up salmon as they migrate to the ocean
We work throughout the State with many different partners to ensure resilient wild fish populations thrive in California’s cold water streams for future generations. Because abundant wild fish mean healthy waters, and healthy waters mean a better California. Your support helps make this possible.
Thanks again for being part of the California Trout community.
The 3rd Annual Humboldt Steelhead Days will span three weekends and a total of sixteen days from January 22 – February 6, 2016. The event will help promote steelhead angling opportunities on the Trinity, Mad and Eel Rivers-with fishing, educational events, expos, and food tastings happening throughout Humboldt County-for locals and out-of-town visitors alike.
Registration for the event is now open. Join CalTrout, Mad River Alliance and Mountain Community and Culture for this celebration of the winter steelhead run and the watersheds that support them. Visit humboldtsteelheaddays.com to learn more.
CalTrout is thrilled to announce that the film, Eternally Wild, produced in partnership with Keith Brauneis Productions, has been chosen as an official selection for the 14th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
Eternally Wild is a film about the iconic Smith River, a salmon and steelhead stronghold, its history and its plight. The Smith is threatened by a proposed nickel mine that would sink 59 drill holes over 4000 acres on the pristine North Fork of the Smith River. This would pave the way for one of the largest nickel mines in the Western United States. The EPA (Environmental Protection Act) considers hard-rock mining one of the most toxic polluters in the U.S.
For over a quarter century, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival has been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of our home watershed, from source to sea. The Festival puts organization’s and individual’s work into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world. The Festival takes place January 15-19th in Nevada City, CA and will tour around the country from there. Don’t miss it!
California Trout’s work throughout the state is demonstrating that endangered fish populations are not an inevitable consequence of development. Instead, fish species declines are a direct result of a water system built before people knew much about river ecosystems or cared much about fish.
As Central California director, Jacob Katz, makes clear in this recent news article, solutions to California’s current drought crisis, our upcoming flood crisis (El Niño is on the way), and the state’s relentless extinction crisis (over three-quarters of California fish are headed toward extinction) all depend on our ability to work together to integrate a 21st century scientific understanding of river systems into the way we manage California’s water.
Katz says it would be more appropriate to blame any environmental consequences on the way river systems were overhauled in the 20th century. The major rivers were rerouted into narrow channels and bracketed with levees that separate the moving water from natural floodplains. This has accelerated storm runoff during rain events, and it shortens the duration of time in which water remains in a watershed. The result, Katz says, is a landscape that floods more easily during storms and dries out more rapidly afterward.”
Click to read the full article “Big Winter Rains? There’s a Hidden Risk to Wildlife” by Alastair Bland on waterdeeply.org
If you want to take a deep dive into the status of California’s native fish, check out PISCES. Originally conceived by Central California director Jacob Katz when he was grad student, this fish mapping software was recently made available to the public by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. PISCES is essentially a statewide clearinghouse for data on the distribution of fishes throughout California that enables researchers, conservationists, and organizations like CalTrout to look at the presence and absence of the species in every watershed in the state. It’s a great scientific conservation tool that we use in many of our projects both small and large. For example, we’ll be using PISCES extensively in the coming year as we update 2008’s SOS: California’s Native Fish Crisis report. SOS 2016: Fish in Hot Water will map out the status of and provide recovery solutions for all 32 species of salmon, steelhead and trout in California.
We especially like the feature that allows you to look at the historical range of a species (pre-1970s–based on expert opinion) and compare it to the current range. Good data to inform how we can best help sustain and restore fish habitat.
For more on PISCES, read the blog by Nick Santos, developer of the software for the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
Since 2010, the Agreement has languished in Congress. Local groups came together to solve a problem. Now Congress needs to its job and pass pass SB 133 the Klamath Basin Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act. If the bill fails to pass this year, the Settlement Agreement expires leaving the future of the Klamath River, its fishery and its communities in continued turmoil.
Perhaps the bill has been ignored in Washington because it seems unimportant — a parochial little water bill from a part of the country that few have even heard of. But that’s a mistake. The strength of this bill is as a model for the West. It shows how water scarcity and strong local leadership can actually foster increased cooperation among historic adversaries and produce healthy and productive ecosystems.
To read the full article by jounalist Emma Marris, click here.