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2% for Trout
Working together to protect and enhance our wild fish and fragile angling resources through research, education and advocacy.
California Trout and The Fly Shop have joined in partnership for the 2% for Trout program which will support our fish conservation and restoration efforts. For every trip reservation made through The Fly Shop, either to Alaska, Kamchatka, Argentina, or any other local or worldwide fishing destination, a donation will be made to our organization equal to 2% of the cost of the travel package.
“We are thrilled to partner with The Fly Shop and appreciate their commitment to CalTrout and our work. Together we are ensuring resilient wild fish thrive in healthy waters for a better California.” – Curtis Knight, Executive Director.
Based in Redding, California, The Fly Shop is one of the most recognizable names in fly fishing retail and also operates a full international travel department. Owner Mike Michalak has made a quality reputation over his 40 years in business. “Here at The Fly Shop, it’s always been about people. Since April of 1978, I’ve worked to surround myself with the most talented staff, the best products, and the finest angling travel destinations in fly fishing. Along the way, most of our customers became our friends. Everybody says they’re the best, but my people have been proving it since our doors opened,” explains Mike.
Explore the shop’s website where they include detailed descriptions and photos of each fly fishing destination.
*Required when booking: Mention the 2% for Trout program and specify California Trout as the receiving organization.*
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Despite the importance of California’s source water aquifers, little research has been done. CalTrout is working to change that, studying these aquifers that bubble up from the ground, fed by California’s Cascade mountains. Mount Shasta, Medicine Lake Volcano, and Mount Lassen recharge a vast expanse of underground aquifers, formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. These aquifers store and release large quantities of groundwater to spring-fed rivers, like the McCloud, that supply water for both humans and wildlife. California’s volcanic aquifers supply 14-30% of total water storage, and generates up to 40% of the state’s hydroelectric power. During times of intense drought, groundwater from volcanic aquifers keeps rivers flowing, staving off potentially disastrous losses of downstream fish and agricultural productivity.
These aquifers have never been systematically studied and thus, there is a lack of policy to protect and sustainably manage them. CalTrout is working with top scientists to better understand these source waters.
We’re studying the region using isotopic dating to evaluate the age and origins of the aquifers and their movement. Isotopes can be thought of as environmental tracers; water molecules carry unique fingerprints, based on their isotopic proportions. This will tell us how much water they take in and from where, and how much they store and release. We can use this information to better prove volcanic aquifers’ role supplying California’s water which in turn will influence policy, introduce legal protections, and identify conservation strategies.
For more on the science behind assessing volcanic aquifers, read CalTrout’s publication California’s Cascade Aquifers: Resilient and Unrecognized Source Waters.
UPDATE: Success! We put an end to the sneaky bill provision that would have fast forward expansion of Shasta Dam. Thanks to YOU and our Representatives in Congress, the provision was stripped before the latest budget was approved by Congress. However, the battle to stop the expansion of Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet is not over. There is still $20 million in federal grant money that can be accessed for the project. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will have to decide if it can be spent for initial work on the dam without violating federal cost-sharing rules. The project will still have to move through major legal and budget challenges that will likely cause delays, and hopefully end it altogether. You can fully expect CalTrout to remain committed and push back until it’s off the table and a California river is protected, at least for one more day.
(Original blog post below)
The possibility of raising Shasta Dam is back on the table.
Back in 2013, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) conducted a feasibility study for raising Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet which would increase water storage by approximately 13%. Shasta Dam and Reservoir is the cornerstone of the Central Valley Project which provides irrigation and drinking water for much of California’s Central Valley and parts of, and valleys just south of, the San Francisco Bay Area. At the time of the study, California Trout submitted comments on the BOR’s Draft Feasibility Report outlining our concerns on behalf of native fish and their waters. Ultimately, the BOR did not recommend raising the dam for several reasons, not least of which was the need to have California (a non-federal partner) pay for half the estimated $1.3 billion cost.
What’s going on now?
Fast-forward five years and Westlands Water District has quietly been ushering through a proposal for authorizing construction of expanding Shasta Dam. It’s now at an advanced Federal planning stage. Not surprisingly, the Trump Administration favors the project, which is unsettling given the close ties between powerful people in Washington and the water interests that would benefit from the dam expansion (e.g., Westlands Water District). Congress is considering adding a rider to a bill that would eliminate cost-sharing requirements with California, but then the cost gets put on federal taxpayers.
“Under California law, this is an illegal project,” said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael). “The Trump administration would have to abrogate a century of federal deference to state laws on California water to go ahead with this.”
California Trout remains opposed to raising Shasta Dam and we need your help to stop it.
Here are our concerns:
- The raising of Shasta Dam would further inundate up to three miles of blue ribbon wild trout fisheries on the Upper Sacramento and McCloud Rivers. The McCloud River has given enough. Two dams on the river have already inundated miles of its pristine habitat and the dams block access for anadromous fish and divert over 80% of its flow for hydropower.
- The McCloud River is protected under the state Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The CA Legislature has found and declared that the McCloud River ‘possesses extraordinary resources in that it supports one of the finest wild trout fisheries in the state’. The free-flowing waters of the McCloud are legally protected–rolling back these protections sets a dangerous legal precedent.
- The actual yield of more water from an enlarged reservoir are uncertain. As proposed, the 18.5 foot raise would cost $1.3 billion and increase storage by 13%. But that is only under years when the reservoir actually fills. The cost doesn’t support the potential storage and all the cost will be put on federal taxpayers.
- The Bureau of Reclamation claims the raise will benefit Central Valley salmon. We don’t buy it. The United States Fish and Wildlife has strongly questioned the Bureau’s claim. The USFWS also noted that improving the dam’s existing temperature control device, restoring downstream spawning gravel, increasing access to historic floodplain habitat, improving fish passage on tributaries, increasing minimum flows, and screening water diversions all increase salmon survival more than the dam raise. We agree!
Here is what we do support:
- California’s effort to increase water supply reliability should focus first on increased groundwater storage.
- Storage projects that make sense for fish, water, and people. Multi-benefit storage projects should be the focus alongside smaller reservoir facilities that support public benefits.
- Water use efficiency and conservation should not be overlooked to meet California’s growing water needs. During the drought, Californians tightened their belts—reducing demand by 30% in critically dry years. California needs increased investment in urban and agricultural water use efficiency, stormwater capture and reuse, and water recycling.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Please write to your Senators and Representatives in Washington and tell them you oppose this plan. We’ve written a sample letter that can be sent fast and easy. There is no time to waste.
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Thanks to California Rice Commission for producing this excellent video.
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This June, California voters will determine the fate of Proposition 68, the California Clean Water & Safe Parks Act. If passed, $4 billion will be invested in the coming years to protect our unique natural resources for both humans and wildlife, and improve and expand access to parks for every Californian.
Specifically, $1.6 billion will go towards ensuring clean drinking water, increasing local water supplies, and protecting our state from future droughts. Through critical and cost-efficient investments in water supplies and water quality, Prop 68 addresses water at its sources—rivers, lakes, streams, natural areas, and groundwater—and provides funds to make localities more self-reliant by increasing water capture and recycling.
More than one million Californians lack access to clean water. Prop 68 is critical to ensuring that all Californian’s can trust their tap. In this cycle we’re in of drought and extreme weather, now is a critical time to support legislation such as Prop 68 to protect our communities from flooding and ecological degradation.
“California Trout is an active supporter of Proposition 68 as it heads toward the vote next summer. We need this important funding to support our state’s water needs and struggling fish. This is a valuable investment in our water security.” – Curtis Knight, Executive Director. CalTrout was an early supporter of Prop 68 (previously SB 5); we rallied our representatives at the Capitol to vote for its passage. We can provide a better world for future generations, giving them the same chance to experience the natural wonders of California as we and our ancestors before us did.