FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lisa Lien-Mager, (916) 653-9402
April 18, 2018
California Natural Resources Agency Recommends Adding Mokelumne River Segments to State’s Wild and Scenic Rivers System
SACRAMENTO – The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) today released a final report that recommends adding 37 miles of the upper Mokelumne River to the California Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
The report, delivered to the Legislature and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., recommends adding five Mokelumne River segments to the system due to their extraordinary recreational and scenic resource values. It also recommends special provisions to address local concerns, including protecting existing water rights and allowing future local water development projects if they will avoid adverse impacts to the river segments.
AB 142 (Bigelow) of 2015 directed CNRA to evaluate the suitability of five segments of the upper Mokelumne River’s main stem and North Fork for inclusion in the state system. The segments cover about 37 miles from below Salt Springs Dam to just upstream of the Pardee Reservoir flood surcharge pool near Jackson. CNRA released a draft study report in January 2018, held two public meetings, and received extensive public comment.
The process marks the first time a river has been assessed for addition to the California Wild and Scenic Rivers System since 1994. If approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor, legislation to designate the Mokelumne a California Wild and Scenic River would preserve the segments in their “free-flowing state” and prevent construction of new dams or impoundments on the designated segments. Current water and land uses would continue.
Sac-Sierra Chapter, Trout Unlimited Member Meeting
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m.
Campus Commons Gold Course Club House
2 Cadillac Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95825
(along side the American River)
February 2018 Member Meeting!
Your Chapter will have its first member meeting of 2018 on the date and time noted above.
Bring a friend as all anglers and their friends are invited.
Please RSVP to so we know we have enough room for everyone.
We will have a raffle which includes a fly rod and reel combo.
Our Guest Speaker will be Sam Davidson, Trout Unlimited California Communications Director. Sam will update us all on Trout Unlimited Activities related to the Sacramento Region including the Sacramento, and San Joaquin River Watersheds and the Delta.
Our Board Members will share this year's upcoming events and field any questions that you may have. We will discuss our emphasis on our local American and Sacramento River Watersheds this year. There will be activities that allow you to "give back" to the environment, as well an enjoy many of our region's bounties. Rain or shine, we'll see you there!
Bill Templin, Chapter President
Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited CEO, discusses 2017 projects in his annual State of Trout Unlimited speech in Roanoke, VA
Bob Capron has been doing the Shoshone River fish rescue with the East Yellowstone Chapter of Trout Unlimited out of Cody, Wyoming, for 22 years. TU members and volunteers from the community gather each fall to net native Yellowstone cutthroat and other nonnative cutthroat, as well as brown and rainbow trout. An average of 5,000 to 6,000 fish are saved annually from irrigation ditches in the Bighorn Basin. The fish end up in the ditches and would perish each fall when the canals go dry or freeze. For those wondering, the largest fish to show up was a 29-inch brown. All fish are returned to the section of the Shoshone River where the canal originated.
The Smith River drainage is located south of Great Falls in Meagher and Cascade Counties of west-central Montana. The river drains the Big Belt Mountains on the west, and the Little Belt and Castle Mountains on the east. From the confluence of the North and South forks, the Smith River courses about 120 miles through a broad agricultural valley then into 45 miles of spectacular deep limestone canyon country. After leaving the canyon, the river rolls through a valley edged by rolling hills and comprised of grasslands and cultivated tracts.
Paul Bruchez is a fifth-generation rancher whose family raises cattle in the upper reaches of the Colorado River near Kremmling, Colorado, where he also runs a private fly-fishing guide service.
“A River’s Reckoning” tells the story of Paul’s awakening to the importance of river conservation and the legacy of his family’s ranch when drought and urban water diversions deplete the Colorado River, threatening the ranch’s operations. When Art Bruchez, the family patriarch, is diagnosed with cancer, Paul and his younger brother Doug are forced to step in and take over.
Adult Chinook salmon have been observed in Acrade Creek, an urban creek located near downtown Sacramento, almost every year" according to local observers.
Creek Week is a week long series of activities culminating in an event for children at Carmichael Park. This event has several parts to it: Creek Week Clean Up, Outreach, Water Quality Monitoring and Youth Casting Instruction.
This year's events will take place from April 6th to the 14th. Volunteers are needed to assist. To sign up for email notifications check the pages linked below, or contact Bill Templin or Bud Croenwett.
Water Quality Monitoring