Shasta Dam Raise and Salmon Re-introduction

Protecting a Legacy

Long-term Goal

Protect the world-famous McCloud River from plans to raise Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet, which would inundate over three miles of the Upper Sac and lower McCloud Rivers. Inform policy and management decisions associated with salmon re-introduction discussion. Protect existing state law declaring that the McCloud River possesses extraordinary fishery resources and that existing natural and free-flowing conditions are the highest and most beneficial use of the water.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Policy positions established and disseminated by CalTrout on Shasta Dam raise, feasibility of “trap and haul” method of salmonid re-introduction, and McCloud-Pit FERC hydroelectric re-licensing project.

What We Will Achieve in 2016-17

  • Inform state and federal decision makers of policy positions on Shasta Dam raise, feasibility of “trap and haul” method of salmonid
    reintroduction, and McCloud-Pit FERC hydroelectric re-licensing project;
  • Protect McCloud River’s legal status as wild trout waters;
  • Present cost-effective and feasible alternatives to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) addressing Central Valley winter and spring-run Chinook salmonid recovery: direct existing state human and financial resources towards more cost-effective restoration efforts including floodplain restoration and central valley fish passage projects.

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California Trout, Inc.

California Trout, Inc.