LEVEL OF CONCERN: CRITICAL
South-Central California Coast (SCCC) steelhead are in long-term decline across their range, despite recent recovery actions taken in core watersheds. Without widespread efforts to restore streamflows and improve access to historical habitat, SCCC steelhead will likely be extinct in southern California within 50 years.
NMFS considers the recovery potential for South-Central California Coast steelhead to be low to moderate, with small but consistent runs of adult steelhead into accessible watersheds. Removal of San Clemente Dam in the Carmel River in 2015 opened access to more than 40 km (25 mi.) of habitat, and is aiding in the restoration of more natural streamflows and sediment transport processes.
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