Securing South Bay Stream Flows for Steelhead

Securing South Bay Stream Flows for Steelhead

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Project Goal:

Ensure adequate streamflows are returned to key South Bay streams.

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Project Stages

Relationship Building


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Project Description

In the South Bay, CalTrout is actively engaged with partners in the Fisheries and Habitat Collaborative Effort (FAHCE) to ensure that stream flows are adequate to support steelhead survival year-round on Coyote and Stevens Creeks and the Guadalupe River. Over twelve years into this process, we are focused on implementing release of sufficient streamflows from reservoirs that ensure steelhead are afforded adequate passage opportunities at key times of the year to complete their life cycles. 

We are currently leading negotiation and implementation of a Memorandum of Agreement that will set up pilot flow releases from South Bay reservoirs and prioritize restoration and implementation dates.

Project Partners:

Santa Clara Valley Water District
Guadalupe-Coyote RCD
Water & Power Law Group
Trout Unlimited
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermens Associations
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition
NOAA Fisheries

Amount of streamflow returned to streams, X miles of wetted habitat, number of days added for adult and juvenile passage around barriers.

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