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.
CalTrout supports the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Expansion that will protect precious wildlands surrounding the dense LA basin for recreation, drinking water resources, and cultural significance.
CalTrout is looking for members to become volunteers for our Trout in the Classroom program. The program runs over two months in the spring, and we are looking for volunteers to support classrooms in San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, and Fremont!
California Trout is leading the effort to list Southern California steelhead as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. On October 25, 2023, we successfully defended this listing in California Superior Court in Los Angeles.
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.
Long-term fish monitoring programs in California have often struggled to receive adequate attention and funding. However, we are thrilled to share that CalTrout co-sponsored bill AB 809 was recently signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom which will establish a dedicated program to support the long-term monitoring of California’s native salmon and steelhead trout populations.
This summer, Stanford University student Emily Winn joined our Mt. Shasta/Klamath region's team as an intern focused on the Source Water Springs Study. During her internship she had the opportunity to help out with a fish removal process along with many other field visits. We are so grateful that Emily chose to spend her summer with us!
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.
How are people around the world interacting with water? On our latest podcast episode, we talk with award-winning journalist Erica Gies about her book “Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge”. We also bring beavers into the conversation with Nick Bouwes, an aquatic ecologist.