Last May, CalTrout, along with other conservation organizations, signed an open letter from the Science Community to the Marin County Board of Supervisors highlighting the importance of the San Geronimo Creek as critical habitat for one of the largest remaining wild populations of Central California Coast (CCC) coho salmon.
Despite the overwhelming evidence available in the scientific literature and in the studies which the County itself commissioned, the Board of Supervisors gave in to pressure from a vocal group of property rights advocates, and approved the draft ordinance as it stood. As a result of this, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) filed suit against the ordinance.
Last month the California Court of Appeals ruled in favor of SPAWN requiring the county to undergo a proper environmental review. For more on the SFGate story click here.
Big kudos to SPAWN for their work on this effort.