- 🙌 Big News! We're one step closer to removing Matilija Dam! ✂️
- Project will remove obsolete dam & reconnect 17 miles of critical habitat for endangered southern steelhead. Also w… https://t.co/ORAf49nBrC in reply to CalTrout ->
On Tuesday, May 14, CA Attorney General Xavier Bacerrra filed a lawsuit to block Westlands Water District from taking unlawful action to assist in the planning and construction of a project to raise the height of Shasta Dam. Joining AG Bacerra, a coalition represented by Earthjustice has filed a separate suit. CalTrout stands with AG Bacerra and the Earthjustice coalition in strong opposition to this unlawful dam raise plan and has consistently advocated on behalf of the parties that would be injured by such an illegal attempt to circumvent established state law.
When Shasta Dam was originally completed in 1945, it was an engineering marvel — one that provided flood control to the Central Valley, power to its communities, and water to the Central Valley Project’s irrigators.
Unfortunately, the effects weren’t all positive.
The day the gates closed, as much as 75 percent of California’s prime salmon and steelhead spawning habitat disappeared. The winter-run chinook salmon — the only winter-run chinook in the world — lost access to the cold, spring-fed waters of the McCloud, where it evolved.
A hatchery was built to mitigate the salmon habitat losses, but new research tells us the hatchery may be hurting the salmon more than it’s helping them, degrading wild fish genetics and driving “boom and bust” population cycles common to monocultures.
Meanwhile, the flows in the Sacramento River below the dam were managed for water deliveries, not fish. Further downstream, the river was channelized, eliminating the floodplains — which we’re now learning are essential habitat for juvenile salmon.
In other words, Shasta Dam was good for part of the state, but a disaster for salmon, steelhead and other fish.
Raising the dam would only compound these well-documented negative impacts. In fact, Federal studies of the proposal concluded that raising the dam would increase the already inundated portion of the lower McCloud River by more than one-third. This further inundation would have a significant negative impact on the river’s unique habitats and blue-ribbon trout fishery, and would submerge sacred sites of the Winnemem Wintu Native American Tribe. Much of the Winnemem Wintu’s native land was already destroyed by the construction of the original dam in 1945.
Shasta Dam is clearly an engineering wonder, but it’s part of CalTrout’s mission to see that it doesn’t become a larger environmental and cultural disaster. As such, CalTrout reiterates its firm stance in opposition to any plan to raise the dam and we applaud and affirm the legal actions taken by AG Bacerra and the Earthjustice coalition.
- 🙌 A win for the environment! By removing obsolete dams, the river will heal and fish will return once again. 🐟
- 🙌 Exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that CalTrout has been awarded $1.8M through Prop 1 and Prop 68 fundin… https://t.co/joKvXvNqfX ->
- Trout Clout: A Path Forward for the Potter Valley Project – https://t.co/hiCY7KMMQr https://t.co/iVlY2vmiiR ->
- CalTrout & partners announced today that they have entered into a planning agreement to explore pathways to relicen… https://t.co/GQNPutI5c9 ->
Job Title: Donor Database Administrator
Office Location: San Francisco, CA
Functional Area: Database, Administrative
Employment Status: Part-time, 20 hrs/week
California Trout (www.caltrout.org) – a 45-year-old environmental non-profit organization based in San Francisco and dedicated to ensuring California has abundant wild fish thriving in healthy waters – seeks a motivated and talented Donor Database Associate.
This is a part‐time, non-exempt position reporting to the Membership Manager.
Our database is central to the management of relationships with all constituents including individuals, foundations, government agencies and other partners. The Donor Database Administrator is responsible for the CalTrout donation process, including constituent and gift data entry, incoming online/offline donations, processing receipts, data queries, reconciling accounts, as well as various administrative duties.
Gift processing and Acknowledgement:
- Responsible for timely and accurate gift entry and tracking including: check receipt and deposit processing, credit card gifts, soft credit and pledge input and ensuring accurate and daily gift entry.
- Responsible for generating accurate, timely acknowledgment letters for all donations working with Membership Manager and Development Associate.
- Keeps information confidential.
- Maintains a strong electronic and paper filing and tracking system for gift and pledge documentation.
- Coordinating production and mailing of monthly renewal notices.
- Process the day-to-day operations of the Neon fundraising database.
- Keeps constituent files within Neon clean and up-to-date daily.
- Provides information and analysis related to database functions and efficiency.
- Administrative duties including mail processing, tracking and responding to info@calTrout.org inquiries;
- Coordination with IT department, building maintenance.
- Ensures operation of office equipment, troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories.
- Maintains a high level of customer service to donors, board and staff.
- Merchandise fulfillment – mailing items, corresponding with customers, inventory and ordering of merchandise.
CalTrout believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
- 2 years’ experience with donor databases and data entry and administrative functions, preferably in a not‐for-profit development office.
- Proficiency in Neon database or similar and Microsoft Office.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
- Ability to pay great attention to detail.
- Ability to organize and prioritize work and to work independently with little supervision.
- Motivated to contribute to the CalTrout team.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Office Supply Management & Equipment Maintenance.
Please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com by 5/20/2019.
California Trout, Mendocino County Inland Water & Power Commission, and Sonoma Water announced today that they have entered into a planning agreement to explore pathways to relicense the Potter Valley Project (Project) in the wake of PG&E’s decision to withdraw from the FERC relicensing process for the Project. The planning agreement aims to achieve a “Two-Basin Solution” that benefits water users and fish and wildlife in both the Russian River basin and the Eel River basin.
The Eel River is a high priority watershed for California Trout. “We are committed to finding a solution for the PG&E-owned Potter Valley Project that meets the needs of fish, water and people,” said California Trout Executive Director Curtis Knight.
PG&E’s FERC license for the Potter Valley Project will expire in 2022. PG&E’s withdrawal from the relicensing process and its subsequent declaration of bankruptcy have provided an opportunity for CalTrout and local partners to work proactively to find solutions that improve the health of the Eel River watershed while respecting the needs of the many water users who currently depend on Eel River water.
The planning agreement between CalTrout, Sonoma Water and the Inland Water & Power Commission was prompted by Congressman Huffman’s “Ad Hoc Committee” process, which convened over twenty-five public, private, and governmental entities seeking to identify a solution that met water needs in both the Eel River and Russian River basins, known as the ‘Two-Basin Solution’” for the Potter Valley Project relicensing effort.
The three initial parties to the planning agreement have taken the initiative to push forward an affirmative solution in response to the compressed FERC timeline created by PG&E’s recent withdrawal from the relicensing process. The partners plan to move forward in a collaborative and transparent manner, while being inclusive of other stakeholders.
The process will build on significant work completed to date by members of the Ad Hoc Committee regarding fish passage above Scott Dam and water supply for both Eel and Russian River basins.
The planning agreement contains a set of principles ensuring that any proposal for relicensing the PVP will advance the mutual goals of the Two-Basin Solution, including: (i) restoration of viable, anadromous fisheries in both river basins, including the analysis of dam removal on the Eel River, (ii) continued water supply reliability that will meet the needs of consumptive water users in both basins, and (iii) hydroelectric generation (among other goals). All solutions will need to be based on the best available science and engineering.
“While CalTrout has taken this initial step forward with Sonoma Water and Mendocino County Inland Water & Power Commission to commit to finding a Two-Basin solution, we look forward to working with all stakeholders to solve this complex resource issue,” added Knight.
Government grants make up 35% of our operating budget, allowing us to execute large-scale and significant programs that benefit wild fish and people in California.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) selected 38 projects to receive funding for multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection projects under its Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 grant programs. Below are the two projects by CalTrout that were selected totaling $1,822,157.
Harvey Diversion Fish Passage Restoration 100% Design
$1,109,271 award from CDFW Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 funding
Harvey Diversion is a significant barrier to the migration of endangered California Southern Steelhead Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and is in need of immediate remediation to support the recovery of the species in the Santa Clara Watershed.
Assessments of the Santa Clara watershed have clearly indicated that the removal of Harvey Diversion will restore migration corridors required to access high-quality spawning, rearing and foraging habitat for steelhead located in the upstream reaches of the Santa Paula watershed. Santa Paula Creek has been shown to contain productive habitat for southern steelhead with the greatest potential to contribute to the recovery of the species within this evolutionary significant unit.
The disruption of coarse sediment transport is the single greatest factoring driving hydrogeomorphological change within the Harvey Diversion reach, and remediation will reestablish ecosystem processes within the basin. Successful implementation of this project will also increase habitat types and complexity within the restoration reach which will facilitate fish migration, as the project location represents a gradient transition point in the watershed and refuge during migration is a critical factor in survival and success of the species
Cannibal Island Restoration Intermediate Design
$802,886 award from CDFW Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 funding
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California Trout is a member of the California Hydropower Reform Coalition and strongly opposes SB 386 (Caballero), which modifies California Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program for irrigation districts (and potentially other power providers).
Instead of helping California to lead on addressing and adapting to climate change, this bill would take us backward. SB 386 undermines the intent of the RPS Program to develop new renewable energy sources in California to combat climate change. The bill proposes RPS-eligibility for certain existing large hydropower facilities owned by Modesto and Turlock Irrigation Districts, removing their incentive to develop new renewable energy sources and undermining the goal of the RPS program. The Districts have demonstrated no need for this exception and this bad bill will chip away at California’s long-standing exclusion of large hydropower from the RPS Program.
Please ask your Senator to pledge their NO VOTE on SB 386 this week!
Here is the Senate Bill, CHRC’s opposition letter, and the committee analysis for those that would like deeper background. If you have any questions about the bill or any of the information below, please contact Kelly Catlett at the Hydropower Reform Coalition.
As you know, California made history last year by passing SB100, which accelerates the time frame to increase our State’s renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) to 60% by 2030. Well, the ink is barely dry and special interests are attacking this goal by carving out loopholes. A new bill, SB386, has been introduced which will allow existing large hydropower (dams) to count toward the 60% RPS for two irrigation districts. Existing large hydropower has never been counted toward the RPS and if passed, these districts will have little to no incentive to add to their renewable portfolio before 2030. Moreover, this will create a precedent for other districts to seek the same exemption, effectively gutting the 60% goal of SB100. Read More HERE.
Take Action Today!
Here is what you can do:
- Call your state Senator today to Vote NO on SB 386.
Since this could be headed to the floor very soon, every Senator needs to hear from their constituents ASAP! Please call 3 Senators if you have time: (Find who your Senator is here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/)
Some SoCal phone numbers:
Steve Bradford (SD 35) (voted “YES” in committee) — (916) 651-4035
Ben Allen (SD 26) – (916) 651-4026
Henry Stern (SD 27) (Vote NO in committee, thank him!) — (916) 651-4027
Maria Elena Durazo (SD 24) — (916) 651-4024
Anthony J. Portantino (SD 25) — (916) 651-4025
Holly Mitchell (SD 30) — (916) 651-4030
Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ____ from ___(city). I’m calling to express my opposition to SB 386, a bill that would effectively gut the renewable energy goals set forth in SB 100 by allowing power from large hydro dams to count toward the 60% renewable by 2030 standard. Climate change is an emergency and the nation is counting on California to lead the way in environmental reform, not undermine our own progress. Can I count on Senator to vote NO on SB 386 on the Senate floor next week?”
- Tweet/Post about it! Please feel free to use one of these graphics and hashtag #SaveSB100!
Sample Tweets to your Senator:
Hey @mysenator- Don’t rollback our clean energy progress! California just made history with 100% clean energy, but special interests are trying to weaken the bill. Oppose #SB386 and #SaveSB100!
#SaveSB100! Stop special interests that are trying to weaken California’s game-changing 100% clean energy law. @mysenator- Vote NO on #SB386 and keep us moving forward to a cleaner, healthier, more resilient CA
California’s game-changing 100% #cleanenergy law is under attack by special interests! @mysenator- #SaveSB100! Protect our communities & our climate – Vote NO on #SB386
Please ask for a NO VOTE on SB 386 this week! There is no time to waste!!
California Hydropower Reform Coalition
California Wind Energy Association Environment California
Environmental Defense Fund
Independent Energy Producers
Natural Resources Defense Council
Sierra Club California
The Utility Reform Network
Union of Concerned Scientists
Excerpted from the latest article by Herald and News, published on April 25th, 2019.
The largest dam removal project in U.S. history just took one more step forward with the Klamath River Renewal Corporation selecting Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. of Fairfield, Calif. to remove the four hydroelectric dams. The Klamath Dams were named in CalTrout’s Top 5 California Dams Out report as ripe for removal in order to restore ecosystem, economic, and cultural health in the Klamath Basin.
The entire dam removal project is estimated at $450 million. It expects to employ 400 full- or part-time workers through contracts, subcontracts and direct hiring. If federal approval of the operating license transfer for the dams from PacifiCorp to the KRRC takes place, the project is expected to start in 2021.
Selecting Kiewit marks another key achievement and brings KRRC closer to completing the largest dam removal and river restoration project in U.S. history. This contract will help demonstrate KRRC’s capacity to undertake the project consistent with a license transfer application pending before the FERC,” said Mark Bransom, KRRC Chief Executive Officer
Kiewit has extensive experience in major construction projects, most recently the emergency reconstruction of the Oroville Dam spillways, which involved removal and repair of both the main flood control and emergency spillways in less than 18 months as well extensive debris and sediment removal, development of access roads and other work.
“We are very proud to have been selected by KRRC. This project has many similarities to other complex water and hydroelectric projects we’ve delivered across North America,” said Jamie Wisenbaker, senior vice president, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
“We fully understand the breadth and importance of this undertaking and are excited and committed to safely delivering a high-quality project that meets the expectations of KRRC, the community and all key stakeholders in the region. We look forward to partnering with KRRC and getting started.”