California’s spring creeks provide critical coldwater habitat to its coldwater species, and no spring creek in the state is bigger than the Fall River.
It not only provides water for agriculture and supports an outstanding fishery (one we’re working to improve), it’s also a hedge against an uncertain future affected by climate change.
That’s why so much effort is being put into protecting and restoring this amazing fishery, and why CalTrout, The Fall River Conservancy, Orvis, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the UC Davis Center For Watershed Sciences partnered on a fish tagging project:
It seems the Fall River’s trout have adapted to the cold, steady year-round flows by spreading their spawning activity over a nine-month period, and this study was designed to learn more about this unique behavior.
CalTrout places a very high value on the state’s spring creeks, as do our partners. More to come on spring creeks.