CalTrout is lucky to have a number of people who selflessly contribute to our efforts to protect and restore California’s trout, steelhead and salmon. In the past year, five stood out. That’s why we’re pleased to present them with a 2010 Streamkeeper’s Award.
Chosen by the CalTrout staff, the Streamkeeper’s Award is for “exceptional effort in furthering California Trout’s mission”. The recipients are…..
O’Melveny & Myers (Bob Nicksin & Brian Currey)
Bob Nicksin and Brian Currey of Melveny & Myers provided pro bono legal services to CalTrout in the Casitas Water Takings Case. The Casitas Water District is claiming in court that water used to ensure fish species’ survival constitutes a “taking” and that they should be compensated by the Federal Government.
While the case is still under appeal, the outcome is expected to have critical national implications, potentially putting taxpayers on the hook to water districts for Endangered Species Act protections. This was never the intention of the ESA, and water districts must be held accountable for their impact on our species and environments.
Bob’s and Brian’s contributions enabled CalTrout to speak for Californians, anglers, and other conservationists in this crucial matter on the national stage. Their professional and enthusiastic work is deeply appreciated.
Henry Little’s long and productive career at The Nature Conservancy comes to an end in 2010 with his retirement.
In the early 1970’s Henry helped construct the deal to secure the McCloud River Preserve, protecting six miles of one of our most cherished trout streams.
More recently, Henry led TNC’s negotiation and purchase of two critical parcels along the Shasta River– protecting over 5,500 acres of critical coho salmon and steelhead habitat. Following the purchase, Henry championed a unique partnership between TNC, UC Davis and CalTrout to lead research and restoration efforts on the Shasta River.
Always a friend and supporter of CalTrout, we look forward to capturing Henry’s conservation wisdom — perhaps now around a campfire after a day of fly fishing.
Kevin Peterson has been a resident and fly fishing guide for more than two decades in the Eastern Sierra. He has been an exemplary steward of the region’s natural resources, an advocate for the region’s fisheries and a long time supporter of CalTrout.
More recently, Kevin’s leadership was instrumental in the formation of the Eastern Sierra Fishing Guides Association (ESFGA), one of only a handful of such associations in the state of California. He also currently serves as its president. Critical to ESFGA’s mission is the recognition that guide members have a responsibility to champion the conservation and protection of the waters that provide their livelihood.
We thank Kevin for all of his work to support and conserve the Eastern Sierra fisheries.
Victor Babbit is the owner of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters in South Lake Tahoe. He also sits on the El Dorado Fish & Game Commission and is a role model of how business owners and guides can involve themselves in conservation.
Since we opened our regional office in Lake Tahoe, Victor and his guides have volunteered countless hours with CalTrout. They have led numerous clinics and outings, manned joint booths with us at events like Earth Day, and spoken on behalf of the fish and rivers on key projects including Paiute cutthroat trout recovery at Silver King Creek and the Upper Truckee River restoration.
We’d like to thank all of our recipients for their enormous contributions. We’re truly lucky to have you on our side.
CalTrout Executive Director