The Water Forum Agreement is a package of linked elements with two, co-equal objectives:
To provide a reliable water supply for planned development to the year 2030, and
To preserve the Sacramento region's environmental crown jewel, the lower American River.
After several years of coordination with Sonoma County agencies and businesses, the first Annual Wild Steelhead Festival is being conducted February 8–10, 2008 to bring public awareness to this threatened species. Help support our sister chapter by attending, and learn of the efforts being made to enhance their natural habitat through many fun and educational events during the three days. For more information visit http://healdsburgsteelheadfest.org or write to: Steelhead Fest, 327A Healdsburg Av, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
Thank you to the TU members who responded to the call for help to rescue fish from the poorly planned drainage of Prospect Island. The massive fish kill was very unfortunate and unnecessary but, as sometimes happens in various aspects of our lives, we learn from our mistakes. The agencies involved will undoubtedly be more careful in the future, and hopefully will not delay in accepting volunteer assistance as soon as it is offered and needed.
For almost 50 years Trout Unlimited and Orvis have worked together to protect trout habitat. Now you can support both groups by shopping Orvis' Trout Unlimited Collections. Not only will you get high-quality TU logo merchandise, but Orvis will donate a portion of your purchase back to TU. The collection contains great functional and casual wear such as fishing shirts, polos, hats and fishing vests. And it doesn't stop there - when you shop through this link, Orvis will extend that donation to all the items you buy from their entire site. So what are you waiting for?
UPDATE – On August 6th, Govenor Schwarzenegger sign SB 670 into law, placing an immediate moratorium on suction dredging until the California Department of Fish and Game develops and implements new suction dredge regulations that protect fisheries and water quality. Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimted would like to thank everyone who helped make this happen.
Breaking News from The Sierra Fund
July 14, 2009
SACRAMENTO – New protections for California’s people and environment are now only a signature away. Yesterday the State Senate joined the State Assembly in overwhelmingly passing SB 670 (Wiggins), a measure that will place a moratorium on the practice of a form of recreational gold mining known as suction dredging, with a bipartisan vote of 31-8. SB 670 easily garnered the two-thirds vote in both houses of the State Legislature needed to send it to the Governor as a piece of “urgency” legislation which means it will go into effect immediately upon his signature.
The California Department of Water Resources is testing a non-physical fish barrier to help keep young Chinook salmon and steelhead in a more direct path to the ocean. And it uses a bubble curtain and strobe lights!
Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead(sarsas.org) is trying to do with one stream, the Auburn Ravine, what must be done to all streams and rivers on the entire West Coast: make the entire length navigable for anadromous fish. Their goal is to work collaboratively and cooperatively to modify the twelve man-made barriers and six plus beaver dams on the Auburn Ravine to make them passable for fish.
SARSAS believes (as does TU!) that the health and well-being of Salmon is directly linked to that of people. If we improve the health and well-being of Salmon, we improve the health and well-being of mankind and therefore ourselves. Salmon are as resilient and adaptive as humans; when they can no longer adapt, neither can mankind.
SARSAS, Courthouse Coffee and California Conservation Corp Clean Up Auburn Ravine
The 11th Annual Salmon Festival at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery concluded this afternoon, and it appears to have been another great success!
Even though the Chapter has been active only 13 months, this is our second consecutive year of participation. Quite a few of our Chapter members contributed ideas and materials during the planning stages for our booth, and enough members volunteered to have at least two people staffing the booth for each of the six 2-hour shifts. Mother Nature contributed by providing sunny skies after Friday's rain but, unfortunately, the salmon were not particularly cooperative. It seems they are a bit late arriving this year!
In March 2009, The Nature Conservancy announced the protection of the 4,543-acre Shasta Big Springs Ranch in Siskiyou County, California, which will have a resounding impact on salmon, steelhead and other important species throughout the Klamath basin. As climate change progresses, the area could also become one of the last and best strongholds for coho and other salmon species in California.