- RT @SacValleyCA: Reimagining our #cawater system: utilizing natural infrastructure – reactivating our floodplains. #sacvalley Latest NCWA B… ->
- Recently, we encountered a few uncommon visitors: pink salmon! Our staff assisted @CaliforniaDFW, @NOAAFisheries, a… https://t.co/3iiuT1b8yx ->
- Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) in CA are considered strays from northern populations in WA or BC where they a… https://t.co/PU4yVj970H in reply to CalTrout ->
- Their presence here is an indication that #salmon from many basins are taking advantage of ocean currents and rich… https://t.co/BdrNoGhwhO in reply to CalTrout ->
- Over the next month, check your local creek to try to spot Chinook salmon, which are beginning their spawning migra… https://t.co/m3uWDzf0n1 in reply to CalTrout ->
- It is especially important for pink salmon that we protect potential spawning areas in lower reaches of coastal str… https://t.co/IrT6j8A8hB in reply to CalTrout ->
- Genetic studies on pink salmon in California can determine affinities to northern populations, and scientists colle… https://t.co/Er1hgxpPC2 in reply to CalTrout ->
- 📷 Time to Vote in the CalTrout's 2019 Photo Contest! – https://t.co/nRWDbEt6h5 https://t.co/ZI18LuqQEl ->
- Please join Senior Scientist Jacob Katz, tomorrow night at the 10th-anniversary screening of Rivers of a Lost Coast… https://t.co/LzFIltW8oM ->
- RT @SFEstuary: Happy National #EstuariesWeek! This week is a time to celebrate the #SFEstuary and other nationally significant estuaries th… ->
- RT @ESTUARYNews: New shoreline strategies piloted in Puget Sound could help young fish in urbanized #estuaries elsewhere.
“It’s a methodo… ->
- RT @watershedwillis: An important voice for one of the largest dam removal projects proposed in the U.S. #KlamathDam https://t.co/V5k6X4gGaB ->
- RT @watershedwillis: A follow-up to my earlier post about the #KlamathDam removal. Similar problems occur in the Columbia basin. These prob… ->
- “The fish are dying, and without them, our families are suffering. [#KlamathDam] removal is a crucial first step to… https://t.co/5lUV7BjdLx ->
- RT @PPICWater: Good read. And here's the backstory on the removal process: https://t.co/gfLwZg2b90 https://t.co/cn08EccvCq ->
- RT @CASeaGrant: >68% of commercial fish catch and >80% of recreational fish catch use habitat in estuaries at some point in their life! #Es… ->
- RT @PPICWater: Save the Date: "Preparing California’s Water System for Climate Extremes," Nov. 5 in Sacramento. Great lineup of speakers on… ->
- RT @Dansonshoes: @CalTrout staff retreat in the Eastern Sierras was an amazing time to connect with colleagues and learn more about the gre… ->
- September is Stronghold Circle Month! CalTrout’s Stronghold Circle members, our monthly donors, are the bedrock of… https://t.co/3sKt1mj0jd ->
- "I've been amazed by the great work that CalTrout is doing, whether that involves stream restoration, dam removals,… https://t.co/zI6wphZjjc in reply to CalTrout ->
- #ICYMI, CalTrout is now the proud sponsor of the The Barbless Fly Fishing Podcast! Learn more about their podcast i… https://t.co/v6q5G4l2ZL ->
- RT @PPICNotes: A warming climate brings new challenges to California’s rivers and streams. @PPICWater talked to @watershedted (@UCBerkeley… ->
- Do Salmon Make Decisions as a Group? The latest science seems to indicate that they do. This new hypothesis on how… https://t.co/h1IHnjohXg ->
- At Current Speed: Two men rowing 300 miles down the Sacramento River, to learn about the region that has been calle… https://t.co/25QCXvBxMF ->
We are excited to introduce Ted Grantham—a river scientist at UC Berkeley— as the first appointed Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) CalTrout Ecosystem Fellow! We recently got to know him through an interview. Check out his answers in our latest post. Thanks to the donors that helped us launch this program: Gary Arabian, the Morgan Family Foundation, Nick Graves, John Osterweis, and the Rosenberg Ach Foundation.
Read his latest PPIC blog “Preparing California’s Rivers for a Changing Climate”
Education: B.S. Biological Sciences, Stanford University; Ph.D. Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, U.C. Berkeley
Hometown: Eureka, California
1. How does it feel to be the first CalTrout Ecosystem PPIC Fellow?
I am excited and humbled. For the past several years, I have enjoyed collaborating with CalTrout scientists and the PPIC Water Policy Center. Both organizations do an excellent job of engaging the public and providing decision-makers with timely, science-based information that is aimed at improving water management in California. It’s really an honor to be recognized as the first Fellow of this new program.
2. What will this fellowship allow you to do that you might not have been able to do without it?
At U.C. Berkeley, my research is focused on understanding how human water management practices and climate change affect river ecosystems. However, the knowledge gained from this kind of research only has an impact if it is effectively communicated. Too much of our scientific knowledge never makes it out of journals and into the minds of the public, natural resource agencies, and policy makers. By partnering with PPIC over the next year, I hope to learn how to more effectively communicate science to a broad audience and promote strategies for protecting rivers in the face of climate change.
3. What will you research and might it benefit fish, water, and people?
For the past three years, I have been working with PPIC on a series of reports to improve freshwater ecosystem management in California. One of our key recommendations is to formally establish water allocations for the environment in all of the state’s rivers and streams. In the coming year, I will be focusing in greater depth on this topic, considering what this would actually look like in practice and about creative ways in which we can secure water for fish while also accommodating human water needs.
4. What sparked your interest in researching water-related issues?
I grew up in Humboldt County was lucky to spend time on some of California’s most beautiful rivers, like the Eel, Mattole, and Trinity. Those experiences left an imprint and when I went to college, I was naturally drawn to ecology. When I went on to graduate school at UC Berkeley, I was brought onto a project to investigate how vineyards were affecting salmon and steelhead streams in the Russian River. This was my first experience with the challenges and rewards of conducting policy-relevant research. I jumped at the opportunity to do a post-doc with Peter Moyle at the Center for Watershed Sciences. There, I learned about the broader water challenges facing California and the important role that scientists can play in advancing management and policy. By that time, I was hooked on California water and there was no going back!
5. What advice do you have for people wanting to follow a similar path in science like yours?
My first piece of advice is to seek out people you like to work with and collaborate. Science can be solitary and having good company is key. My second piece of advice is be patient. It can take a frustratingly long time to move research through the process from project conception to proposal development, securing funding and conducting the research, and finally working up and publishing the results. Patience and persistence are essential. But if you do good work on topics that matter to California, your contributions will eventually be recognized and appreciated!
6. What’s your favorite place to fish/visit outdoors?
I’d have to say the Trinity Alps. It’s where I first experienced California’s remote wildlands and caught my first fish. I try to get a backpacking trip in to the Trinities every fall and I’ll be heading there with my pack and rod in a few weeks!
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- "If the fish are healthy, also the people are healthy." – Lisa Crozier, @NOAAFish_NWFSC is the lead author of a rec… https://t.co/iYv7WmNWUX ->
- 📷 Just 2 weeks left to enter our #PhotoContest. Share your best shots of California's wild and scenic places for yo… https://t.co/JjqXjSd4fh ->
- This new map created by the Pacific Marine & Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership not only highlights the disappearin… https://t.co/OVNq5jkiu0 ->
- Congratulations @watershedted for being selected the first CalTrout Ecosystem PPIC Fellow! We look forward to worki… https://t.co/YaIBnqyZ7E ->
- Scott Dam (Potter Valley Project) #DAMSOUT Spotlight – https://t.co/BxGZRJU1WU https://t.co/vRWGYKiIlr ->
Paul Vais Named New Chairman of California Trout (CalTrout) Board of Governors
CalTrout recently welcomed Paul Vais as the new Chairman of the CalTrout Board of Governors and thanked outgoing chair Drew Bassak for his invaluable years of stewardship through one of CalTrout’s most exciting periods of growth and expanded reach. Paul has served on numerous boards of private and public companies, and as co-chairman of Entrepreneurs’ Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to fostering corporate responsibility.
A member of the CalTrout board of Governors since 2015, Paul has served as the chair of the Advancement Committee and currently heads the Governance Committee.
Paul is the cofounder of Bailiwick Wines, a Sonoma based producer of award-winning limited production wines. His career began with 13 years in technical, marketing and general management roles with technology innovators Olivetti SpA, Apollo Computer and NeXT in Italy, the U.S., and France. Subsequently, he spent 13 years in venture capital, primarily as a Managing Director for global private equity firm Apax Partners based in Silicon Valley.
Paul is a graduate of the U.C. Berkeley where he studied Computer Science. He is married with three daughters and is a California native, avid outdoorsman, and aviator.
California Trout’s Board of Governors is a diverse group with one thing in common – a dedication to CalTrout’s mission.
The Board is involved in every aspect of CalTrout’s operation – from fundraising to strategic planning to conservation – and the organization is extremely lucky to enjoy the guidance and participation of this committed group.
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- Great podcast from @FisheriesPod ft. Ann Willis (@watershedwillis), a partner senior researcher at @UCDavisWater. A… https://t.co/h8FXrK5Ze2 ->
- Hello Giarrizzo Lab! 🐟 CalTrout gear looks great on you! Good luck with your studies @fishlips_caj! https://t.co/8AUnEVGBSe ->
- RT @eyeballMir: I love seeing @CalTrout and @ucdavis being represented in Brazil! https://t.co/L15sxaMGYD ->
- RT @watershedwillis: Good farming practices are a big part of conservation. But arguably more important is not farming land where both the… ->
- It's #NationalYouthDay! We're celebrating our partnership w/ Bay Area Youth Fly Fishers & the Joey Chait Youth Init… https://t.co/C0JragRIfZ ->
- This article in @comstocksmag warns us about the dangers of #climatechange. CalTrout is utilizing innovative scienc… https://t.co/LL5M8KnJYl ->
- RT @PPICWater: ICYMI: Scott Dam on the Eel River blocks 150 miles of quality habitat for salmon and steelhead–including critical cold-wate… ->
- RT @Dansonshoes: Insightful piece published today in @Comstock's Magazine (w/ @CalTrout mention) takes a look at CA's complex water use and… ->
- 🚨 BREAKING NEWS: A court order stalls plans to raise the height of Shasta Dam. This is a win for the environment an… https://t.co/yV5JErz5py ->
- 📷 Only 4 weeks left to share your best shots for CalTrout's 2019 #PhotoContest. Enter today! -… https://t.co/0vYxEyOykE ->
- 🙌 On Aug 2, CalTrout filed a letter FERC and attached the signatures of 1,494 supporters in support of the Klamath… https://t.co/T7VMBchgzi ->
- RT @PPICWater: Scott Dam on the Eel River blocks 150 miles of quality habitat for salmon and steelhead– including cold-water habitat that… ->
PG&E to provide high, whitewater flows in the Pit 5 reach over two weekends.
Those Recreating in or near the River Urged to be Cautious during these HigherFlows
PG&E is providing notification that the 2019 Pit 5 Whitewater Flow Releases on 9.3 miles of the Pit River will occur on the weekends of August 10-11 and September 14-15. Target flows for the Pit 5 Reach on August 10 and 11 will be 1,500 cfs; flows for September 14 and 15 will be 1,200 cfs. Releases will be made from 10 AM to 4 PM on those dates and will be ramped down between the Saturday and Sunday of each weekend.
The Pit 5 High Flows Safety flyer and River Safety and Rapid Information map are attached. During the higher flows, this portion of the river will contain Class III, IV and V rapids, which are appropriate only for skilled paddlers. The Pit 5 Reach is not appropriate for tubing (or wading) during higher flows.
Please exercise caution if recreating in or near the Pit 5 Reach during these times.