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CalTrout and partner Save the Redwoods League are excited to announce that the Lower Prairie Creek Restoration Project has been recommended for funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to restore rearing, spawning, and over-winter habitat for three species of Endangered Species Act-listed salmon. The project site at the confluence of Prairie and Redwood Creeks near the southern gateway to Redwood National and State Parks in Humboldt County. The League bought the former mill site from California Redwood Company in 2013 with the intention to build a visitor center and restore the creek. The intention is for the land to become part of Redwood National Park.
The League and CalTrout have been working together for the past few years to study the site, develop restoration concepts and build support among agencies and the community. This award will facilitate restoration actions within a critical section of the larger Redwood Creek watershed, thereby providing some of the best potential habitat to contribute to the recovery of coho, Chinook salmon, and steelhead.
The most downstream section of Prairie Creek is in poor condition. Industrial scale timber harvesting, flood control construction, road and municipal infrastructure, and the conversion of wetlands and bottom lands to agricultural production have profoundly impacted stream conditions and water quality within the Redwood Creek watershed. These land use changes have led to damaged instream habitat; elevated sedimentation in stream channels; and decreased connectivity with floodplains and tributaries. The vision for the site is to restore a functional creek channel with access to the productive floodplain, backwater areas, and seasonal wetlands over a range of flow conditions for the benefit of winter and summer rearing juvenile salmonids that will increase population productivity, as well as restore fish access to tributaries to increase spawning habitat.
NOAA’s 2017 Community-based Restoration Program Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants Program recommended funding of $289,500 to fund Year One of this multi-year award, in which we will continue design, planning, and permitting activities. Subsequent funding up to $603,375 total for 2018 and beyond will be awarded annually, depending on project need and available federal funds.
Save the Redwoods League and California Trout are very grateful to NOAA for its partnership and support. Read the award announcement here.
This project was featured in the Times Standard, “Former Orick mill site conversion to national park before commission“, August 2, 2017.
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The federal government could gain control over how California uses it water resources under H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act, which was passed by the House today. The bill, sponsored by California representative David Valadao, would bring more water to the Central Valley for agriculture, but would impede the Endangered Species Act and preempt California’s water laws in doing so. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) said in an interview, the GROW Act “does not strike the right balance because there’s no reason that we have to accept a false choice and somehow weaken the Endangered Species Act in order to be smarter with water policy.”
California Trout is reaching out to our representatives urging them to oppose the bill, along with our partners, Golden Gate Salmon Association, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and the American Sportfishing Association. We cannot allow regulations to weaken or eliminate protection for California’s rivers, salmon fishery, and the Bay-Delta estuary.
On behalf of all of us at CalTrout, our Executive Director, Curtis Knight, has issued the following letter to our reps. We encourage you to reach out to your Senators as well to ask that they vote no on H.R. 23. (Click here to find your representative’s phone numbers. For individuals, calling their offices is the most efficient way to get your voice heard. Write a short script to help you out, use language from our letter if that’s helpful.)
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- Dams on #EelRiver are up for relicensing. Here's our chance to speak up https://t.co/eilGHhjNmL #ditchdams ->
Submit a comment about the future of dams on the Eel River.
The Eel River needs our help. Two dams (Cape Horn and Scott) on the upper mainstem of the river, known as the Potter Valley Project, block fish access to important high elevation habitat. Volitional passage of salmon and steelhead to prime upstream spawning and rearing habitat is a necessary step to recovery of salmonid abundance in the Eel River.
The Potter Valley Project is now up for re-licensing through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is a great opportunity for stakeholders (that means us!) to submit comments on how we want this process to go.
Specifically, we are disappointed that FERC failed to include decommissioning in their scoping notice as an alternative for detailed study. They claimed that the Eel River dams are “a viable, safe, and clean renewable source of power and consumptive water to the region.” We do not agree. Dam decommissioning and removal needs to be an alternative fully analyzed in the FERC process. Therefore, we recommended studying options for partial or complete removal, e.g., lowering Scott Dam or replacing Cape Horn dam with a different diversion facility or seasonal dam.
Deadline: FERC requires comments be submitted by August 4th; you can do it online or through the mail (see below for address and sample). *Include docket # P-77-285 in your comment.* Please feel free to use our sample letter below, or use our language in this post to help write your comment. Reach out to us if you’d like more information.
We remain hopeful for a collaborative resolution of the proceeding given the close relationships, goodwill, and talent that can be assembled by stakeholders.
The time is now to take major steps towards rehabilitation of our inland fisheries to support our anadromous fish populations in California, which includes opening up additional fish habitat beyond existing fish barriers, i.e., dams. The Eel River represents California’s best opportunity to restore wild fish abundance, and we need your help to fulfill this vision. Make your voice heard, submit your comments today.
Submit online or mail comments to:
Kimberly Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426
*Include docket # P-77-285 in your comment*
Dear Secretary Bose,
I have several concerns about relicensing the Cape Horn and Scott Dams on the upper mainstem Eel River. FERC should reissue the Scoping Document to include decommissioning and dam removal as an alternative for detailed study in the Environmental Impact Study. This project entails significant and lasting environmental effects on the Eel River, and does not match what the Scoping Document describes as a “viable, safe, and clean renewable source of power and consumptive water to the region.” Scott Dam and Cape Horn Dam block fish access to important high elevation habitat. To recover Eel River fisheries, the best options for fish passage (including the option to remove the obstacles) need to be studied.
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That’s a wrap on the 2017 Five Rivers Challenge! Six teams, three days, five of the best blue ribbon trout waters in the country and nearly 3,500 inches of wild trout caught. This is the second year of the event’s resurrection which originated back in 1998 by CalTrout board member Dick Galland. Owner of Clearwater House at the time, he created the event to call attention to the great wild trout waters in the Burney area of Northern California, between Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta.
As teams headed out for the third and final day of fishing, they all felt they had a shot to bring home the prize, and indeed they did. While the team that held first place for the first two days, Frank Eldredge and Bill Zuraleff (both members of San Jose Flycasters club) guided by Dave Neal, had caught 421 fish inches, the second place team of Les Hand and George Revel guided by Brooks Provence were only 38 inches behind and still had the productive McCloud and Upper Sacramento rivers to fish. As well, the third through fifth place teams were separated by only 22 fish inches going into the final day. It was a tight race.
The leaders had their free water in the morning, choosing to fish the Pit, and Fall River in the afternoon slot. Neither were that good to them. George and Les on the other hand, well, let’s just say they slayed it on the Upper Sac, catching 222 fish inches there alone. They topped that off with another 162 on the McCloud. Meanwhile, the sleeper team of Richard West and Dan McMillan guided by Jason Cockrum, who were in fifth place after two days, crushed it on the Fall River reeling in 240 inches for the final day and launched them into second place.
After all was said and done, the winners of the 2017 Five Rivers Challenge were:
1st Place Les Hand and George Revel with Clearwater Guide Brooks Provence with 788″ of fish caught
You’d be hard pressed to find a more perfect spot for an event like the Five Rivers Challenge then the Clearwater Lodge and surrounding waters. Beyond its impeccable host Michelle Titus and delicious food prepared by Nicole, the lodge is centrally located to some of the most beautiful and diverse wild trout waters in the country. Where else can you be tottering through baby head boulders on the Pit one day, casting into emerald green pools of the McCloud the next, and feeding line for the perfect drift from a boat on the Fall with Mount Shasta in perfect view the following?
If you’ll be heading to the area soon, you can read event participant and winner George Revel’s fishing report for each of the five waters in the latest Lost Coast Outfitters newsletter. Having caught a total of 578 fish inches over three days, it clearly was working for him.
Thank you to the participants for supporting CalTrout and taking an interest in our work; to the event sponsors Patagonia, Sage, Redington, and Rio for donating prizes; and to Michelle Titus at Clearwater Lodge for her graciousness and hospitality.
We’ll be announcing the dates for the 2018 Five Rivers Challenge soon. Be sure you’re on our email list so you’ll be one of the first to know.
Photos by Mike Wier and Val Atkinson
Connecting urbanites with the wonders of the great outdoors and providing them the opportunity to learn lifelong skills and hobbies that also maximize the experience, the CamelBak Pursuit Series arrives in 2017 to encourage people to reconnect with nature and reap the benefits of the natural environment. CalTrout is proud to announce its inclusion as a fly fishing partner. Along with our friend George Revel from Lost Coast Outfitters, we’ll be offering fly fishing instruction and fish and watershed conservation information to event participants.
The three-day CamelBak Pursuit Series events are turning Instagram envy into reality, creating an outdoors experience like no other, where at each CamelBak Pursuit Series event, attendees, which are also known as Pursuers, will play hard, have fun and learn all of the outdoor activities and skills they’ve always dreamt about. Located conveniently just outside San Francisco, CA, the series’ inaugural year will see the two three-day event series touch down in Sanborn County Park, CA, just 50 miles south of San Francisco on Sept. 8-10. Featuring a fully customizable itinerary and options, you can camp, glamp or rent; hike, bike or SUP. The choice is yours and the choices are endless.
Inclusive and hands-on, this new summit of exploration, connectivity and unforgettable activities is brought to you by The Outbound Collective, the world’s fastest growing online outdoor and travel community, and CamelBak, an outdoor industry leader and pioneer of hand-free of hydration.
“The CamelBak Pursuit Series is a perfect opportunity to introduce fly fishing to an audience of outside-active individuals and instill in them a passion for the sport and for protecting the rivers and habitats of our native fish,” said Curtis Knight, CalTrout’s Executive Director.
Pursuit Series Co-Founder Julia Stamps Mallon emphasizes that, “CamelBak Pursuit Series is about showcasing the beautiful accessibility of the outdoors, so whether you’re a camper or a glamper, downhill mountain-biker or a SUP boarder, there’s an amazing activity and an enlightening experience for you. Our aim is to inspire a connection to nature, and California Trout gives Pursuers the opportunity to engage with fly fishing in the most authentic, enjoyable and educational way possible.”
More information and the full schedule for the two locations can be found online at http://www.pursuitseries.co. Tickets can be purchased on their site as well.