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For Immediate Release
August 29, 2017
Nina Erlich-Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
C: 415-577-1153, O: 510-336-9566
Agencies, Farmers, Fishermen, Water Suppliers and Conservationists Announce Partnership to Support Recovery of Central Valley Salmon and Steelhead
Diverse partnership signals new era in effort to return native fish to self-sustaining levels
Sacramento – California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird hosted a signing ceremony today on the steps of the Capitol with a broad group of stakeholders to officially launch the Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership. The Partnership includes state and federal water and wildlife agencies, farmers and water suppliers, fishermen, and conservationists working together to restore and protect vital salmon habitats.
“The successful recovery of any threatened species requires cooperation from many parties,” said Secretary Laird. “I’m confident that the remarkable range of stakeholders working together in this Partnership bodes well for the future of salmon and steelhead in the Central Valley.”
Central Valley rivers and their tributaries have been, historically, the second most productive region for salmon on the West Coast (not including Alaska). However, native salmon runs and steelhead populations have declined drastically here. Today, two of the four distinct runs of Central Valley Chinook salmon, as well as steelhead, are listed as threatened or endangered.
These fish migrate between inland rivers and streams and the ocean for different parts of their lives. In the process, they face challenges including blocked access to spawning grounds, a lack of cold water at critical times of year, a dramatic reduction in a variety of habitat types such as wetlands and floodplains, and predation. Quality habitat is vital for providing food and shelter for young salmon to grow, and for adult salmon to spawn. The Partnership will use its combined expertise to improve salmon habitat and support widespread recovery of Central Valley salmon and steelhead.
The Partnership’s first order of business will be to identify, find funding for, and execute the best opportunities to improve salmon habitat. The group is modeled after the highly successful Central Valley Joint Venture, through which a similar group of stakeholders has been working for decades to recover native and migratory bird populations. Partnership members provide expertise on a broad range of issues, from scientific study to securing permits for habitat restoration.
“This group will take meaningful, decisive action to restore the types of habitat – in the right places – that these fish need to survive and even thrive,” said Curtis Knight, Executive Director of California Trout.
“There have been significant efforts over the past decade to improve conditions for viable salmon—the collaboration through the Partnership will build on these efforts and help align priority actions for salmon recovery in the Central Valley. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and make this happen,” added David Guy, President of the Northern California Water Association.
By approaching habitat restoration in a collaborative, outcomes-based manner, the Partnership hopes to see meaningful improvement in habitat conditions relatively quickly. An implementation plan will highlight measurable, geographically-specific goals within a set time-frame to improve the prospects of these fish. Because both public agencies and private organizations are currently involved in habitat restoration, this unified approach ensures that the most important projects will be implemented first, maximizing the opportunities for these native fish to recover and thrive.
“I’m hopeful that although we may not always agree on water decisions we can all work together to restore some of the river bank, side channel, and floodplain habitats in the Central Valley which are crucial to rearing baby salmon,” said John McManus, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association.
“Salmon recovery happens one stream mile at a time,” said Scott Rumsey, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Deputy Administrator. “By spurring restoration efforts, this group will, ultimately, help bring back the economic and environmental benefits of salmon to California communities.”
For more information about the Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership, go to http://salmonpartnership.org/.
Founding members of the Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership include:
- American Rivers
- The Bay Institute
- CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
- CA Dept. of Water Resources
- CA Natural Resources Agency
- California Sportfishing Protection Alliance
- California Trout
- Ducks Unlimited
- The Golden Gate Salmon Association
- The Nature Conservancy
- NOAA Fisheries
- NOAA Habitat Conservation – Restoration Center
- Northern California Water Association
- Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations
- Institute for Fisheries Resources
- River Partners
- State and Federal Contractors Water Agency
- The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy
- Trout Unlimited
CalTrout and Trout Unlimited’s 7th Annual Casting Call was a success! We headed to the Capitol lawn to chat with legislators and the public, raising awareness for and celebrating California’s native cold-water fish populations. The health of salmonid populations is inextricably tied to the health of rivers and streams. Degraded water systems threaten the health and economic well-being of all Californians. Protecting and restoring our state’s river and stream habitat for salmonid populations will, in turn, benefit the people and the economy of California.
This year’s Casting Call started with a signing ceremony for the newly-established Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership (CVSHP), of which CalTrout is a founding member. The CVSHP is a new collaboration among natural resource agencies, NGOs, private organizations, and water suppliers to help reverse the alarming downward trends of the Central Valley’s salmon populations.
Later in the afternoon, Assemblymembers, Senators, and natural resource agency members braved the Sacramento heat and joined us on the lawn for casting lessons and a friendly competition.
Photos by Mike Wier.
California Trout and the University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences have officially released the State of the Salmonids scientific report. State of the Salmonids: Status of California’s Emblematic Fishes 2017 dives deeply into the status and trends facing all salmonids in California. The scientific report accompanies SOS II: Fish in Hot Water, a summary of the scientific report, which was released earlier this year.
The over-arching questions of the scientific report were: What is the status of all California salmonids, both individually and collectively? What are the major factors responsible for present status, especially declining species? How can California’s salmonids be saved from extinction? The last State of the Salmonids scientific report was released in 2008.
To cite this report, please use:
Moyle, P., Lusardi, R., Samuel, P., and J. Katz. 2017. State of the Salmonids: Status of California’s Emblematic Fishes, 2017. 579pp. San Francisco, CA.
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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.