Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released the initial draft of its plan to remove two dams on the Eel River which calls for the complete and expeditious removal of most of the Potter Valley Project facilities. Dam removal will make the Eel California’s longest free-flowing river and would reconnect salmon and steelhead with almost 300 miles of cold-water habitat.
In the Walker Basin, part of the Lahontan cutthroat trout's native range, CalTrout is partnering on restoration projects to eliminate non-native trout populations from the system and help maintain native populations.
In September 2023, Patagonia’s Holdfast Collective awarded California Trout $1 million over three years to support work to remove dams on the Eel River, Battle Creek, and San Francisquito Creek. This includes PG&E’s Potter Valley Project dams, PG&E’s Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project dams, and Searsville Dam on Stanford University campus.
The numbers are in on salmonids for the 2022-2023 season in the South Fork Eel River! This river is a salmon and steelhead stronghold and represents one of the best opportunities to restore wild fish abundance. To inform our conservation work, CalTrout and our partners use sonar technology to more accurately estimate how many fish are in the system.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is pursuing a new marine sanctuary in Central California to be managed in partnership with the Chumash Tribe. CalTrout encourages you to support the Northern Chumash Tribal Council’s originally nominated boundary.
Last year, for the first time in over fifty years, Chinook salmon and steelhead were able to access the upper Alameda Creek watershed. Soon, these fish will be able to consistently swim even further upstream. CalTrout recently was invited to lead a barrier removal project in Sunol Valley to open more than 20 miles of stream to fish.
The Bull Creek watershed has incredible potential to support endangered salmonids – but the conditions in the creek are not yet quite right. Soon, completion of a restoration project on the Hamilton Reach of Bull Creek will change this giving existing South Fork Eel River watershed coho populations the chance to migrate through.
On the South Fork of the Scott River, a tributary to the Klamath, CalTrout and partners are beginning the fourth phase of a restoration project to reconnect the stream to its natural floodplain and improve cold water rearing habitat for Klamath Basin fish.