Pescadero Marsh Revitalization

Pescadero Marsh Revitalization

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Project Goal:

Working with partners to avoid fish kills, adequately monitor the steelhead population, and inform future marsh restoration.

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Project Stages

Conceptual Design




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Project Funders

Crocker Foundation

Fish Affected:

Project Description

Pescadero Marsh in San Mateo County is an important refuge and stronghold for threatened Central California Coast steelhead. This watershed represents perhaps the best opportunity to meet Endangered Species Act-mandated abundance targets for steelhead recovery south of the Golden Gate Bridge due to its high productivity and intact upper watershed. However, the marsh suffers from poor water quality, sedimentation, and challenges of actively managing the lagoon, but significant progress has been made in recent years to avoid large scale fish kills that were frequent over the past two decades.

CalTrout has re-engaged in this watershed and helped form a fisheries work group to prioritize and implement fisheries monitoring and research to inform management along with our partners. We are working with our fish partners to leverage ongoing CDFW steelhead tagging surveys by tracking fish movements into Pescadero Creek to help inform future management.

Project Partners:

CA State Parks
Trout Unlimited
NOAA Fisheries
local fly clubs
private citizens

Latest Project Info:

PIT tagging at Pescadero Marsh

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