Southern Steelhead Fish Passage Projects

Southern Steelhead Fish Passage Projects

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Project Goal:

Restore fish passage to historical habitat by reconnecting streams from ocean to headwaters spawning and rearing habitat.

number of steelhead passed per year; number of miles of upstream habitat access opened up; number of acres habitat improved at project site.

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Project Description

Fish passage barriers associated with in-stream structures such as bridges, dams, and diversion block steelhead access to headwater spawning and rearing tributaries and restrict the emigration of juveniles to the ocean. The South Coast Coalitions lead several large fish passage projects on Santa Margarita River - Sandia Creek in San Diego County, Interstate 5 - Trabuco Creek in Orange County, Pauma Creek in San Diego County, Harvey Diversion and Vern Freeman Diversion in the Santa Clara River watershed, and Sespe Creek restoration in Ventura watershed. CalTrout also leads advocacy efforts for instream flows and fish passage in places such as the Santa Ynez River and Piru Creek. 

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Latest Project Info:

CalTrout Awarded $1.8M to Pursue Reconnect Habitat and Restore Estuaries Projects

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