North Coast Region

 

North Coast

The northern third of the California coast is home to some of the most important salmon and steelhead rivers and watersheds in the state.

 
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Regional Goal

To recover and protect threatened salmon and steelhead populations and their habitats through the implementation of species recovery plans and proof-of-concept projects, and by advocating for science-based approaches and policy reform. Select a dot on the map to learn about each of our initiatives and their projects in this regions.

Region Director: Darren Mierau

Darren has a Masters Degree in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University and joined CalTrout in 2011. Before joining the organization, Mierau worked on numerous North Coast projects as a local watershed restoration scientist with McBain and Trush, Inc. Darren is currently directing, among other projects, the Eel River Recovery Keystone Initiative, the organization’s largest endeavor to date. He is a founding Board Member and current President of the Coastal Ecosystems Institute of Northern California, 2011.

Darren Mierau, North Coast Area Manager from California Trout on Vimeo.

Projects in the North Coast Region

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Adult Salmonid Sonar Monitoring Program

Obtain baseline data on steelhead entering the South Fork Eel River to spawn in order to inform the angling public on steelhead abundance. Determine if sonar assessment of adult salmonids is an...

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Restore Estuaries

Aquatic Species Assessment Tool (ASAT)

The Aquatic Species Assessment Tool (ASAT) will provide an integrated quantitative framework for assessing the impact of management actions on salmonids and other sensitive listed fish species that...

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Restore Estuaries

Cannibal Island Restoration

Restore the 950-acre tidal marsh estuary surrounding Cannibal Island, adjacent to the mouth of Eel River.

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Reconnect Habitat

Cedar Creek Barrier Removal

Restore migratory access to approximately 9 miles of salmon and steelhead habitat. Protect important cold water refugia in the South Fork Eel River.

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Reconnect Habitat

Cochran Creek Fish Passage and Channel Restoration

Allow fish passage into Cochran Creek to help sustain populations of coho, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout, while enhancing and expanding productive tidal, brackish, freshwater, and riparian...

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Reconnect Habitat

Eel River Dams License Renewal – Potter Valley Project

Improve streamflows and reconnect Eel River salmon and steelhead with 288 miles of spawning habitat in the upper mainstem Eel River. Work with Regional Coalition partners (Sonoma Water, Mendocino...

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Eel River Forum

Achieve consensus among a coalition of agency, tribal, and conservation partners regarding priority recovery actions and policy reform needed to recover salmonid populations in the Eel River basin,...

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Eel River Restoration Plan

Efficiently restore native anadromous fish populations and ecological processes across the Eel River watershed.

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Integrate Wild Fish & Working Landscapes

Elk River Recovery Program

Recover the Elk River from current severe water quality and sediment impairment, nuisance flooding conditions, habitat degradation, salmonid population reduction and community strife that resulted...

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Restore Estuaries

Mad River Estuary Restoration

Restore key salmonid off-channel rearing habitat and provide public access enhancements. ...

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Prairie Creek Floodplain Restoration

Restore floodplain habitat and create public access. ...

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Smith River Protection

Raise awareness of the current threats to the pristine North Fork of the Smith River from international mining corporations.

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South Fork Eel River Science Program

Gain a stronger technical understanding of salmon and steelhead recovery efforts through establishing a research and monitoring program in the South Fork Eel River.

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Reconnect Habitat

Woodman Creek Project

Remove the Northwestern Pacific Railroad barrier at the mouth of Woodman Creek and restore the historic channel-mouth configuration to allow unimpeded coho, Chinook, and steelhead access to 10-14...

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