Several times a year Sac-Sierra TU provides volunteers to assist with various cleanup activities. We have been participated in cleanups on the American River, Arcade Creek, Consumnes River, Kings River and Mokelumne River.
We'll have pickup tools, bags, and bottled water for everyone. Bring your mud shoes and a smile!
Sign up for the mailing list by completing the form here. Your name and email address will be added to the groups that you select.
You may select as many as you like, but if you are interested in helping with cleanups, make sure you check that box.
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Several times a year Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited provides volunteers to assist with surveys of Salmon and Steelhead in the watersheds of our territory. This enjoyable and educational activity is simply a walk along (and sometimes in) a creek or river while making a few notes, and its a perfect outing for ages 12 and up*.
The form below can be used at any time of the year to let us know you’d like to help.
When most people think of salmon and steelhead, they think of the big roiling rivers of the west coast: the Sacramento, the American, the Klamath & Trinity, the Columbia. While it's true salmon first appear in those rivers as they return from the ocean, where many of them are actually headed is to the little creeks and ravines that run right through our backyards.
There are several events throughout the year that Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited participates in. At some of these events, we have an information booth, or table. Volunteers are needed to staff these booths to hand out information on our chapter and spread the TU message.
Sign up for the mailing list by completing the form here. Your name and email address will be added to the groups that you select.
You may select as many as you like, but if you are interested in helping with the info booth, make sure you check that box.
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We will be having a clean up on the North Fork American River at Iowa Hill Bridge as part of the Great Sierra River Clean Up on Sat. Sept 16... Contact Bill Templin for details.
Hope you all are doing well! I am happy to inform you that "The Arcade Creek Project: A Mosaic of Sustainability" is having an extremely successful festival run. We've only been in the festival circuit for just a few months and have already been accepted to 10 film festivals around the country!
However, what I'm most excited to tell you about is that our WORLD PREMIERE (the film's first public appearance) will be right here at the Sacramento Film and Music Festival! The event will take place at the Jean Runyon Theatre in the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium (1515 J Street, Sacramento) on Saturday, September 23 at 10:00 AM. The world premiere is every film's most important event, and of course, since you all are the reason the documentary became a success, we would love for you to attend.
South Fork Kings River Cleanup
When: September 9 9:00 AM til Noon
Where: Meet at the area just north (left when facing it) of the Cedar Grove Store, Cedar Grove/Kings Canyon, CA
River Cleanup Objectives:
Please help us celebrate Spring Summer and Fall by cleaning up over 16 miles of river bank (from Boyden Cavern to Roads End where accessible) so that the river will be healthier and nroe visually pleasing. We select our clean-up dates to follow heavy use holiday weekends.
Inform participants on how we can all be better river stewards by practicing good habits that protect river quality, and habitat for the wild creatures that use the river and riparian corridors. ASssess the appearance of the river using visual 'snapshots' assessments. Bring your cameras to help us 'monitor' the appearace of the river and your fishing equipment too!
Besides the direct benefit of a cleaner river, the South Fork Kings River Cleanup Days provide opportunities for reminding everyone of the value of protecting their water resources.
By working in partnership with other organizations, local, state and federal agencies, and local businesses we can promote public awareness of the important role the South Fork Kings River Plays in our lives. We spend 2 nights/3 days camping, fishing, cleaning and enjoying the area.
Diversity... bringing all angler types together to protect, enhance, restore and connect with the cold water fisheries in the Sierra Nevada and it's watershed.
Help spread the word about which fish are safe to eat!
What: Volunteer to post fish consumption advisories at local lakes and reservoirs
When: Saturday August 5, 2017 9:00-3:00. Ending times will vary
Where: Meet at The Sierra Fund office (103 Providence Mill Rd. Ste. 101, Nevada City)
Why: Posting educational signage will give anglers the best information to make healthy choices on which fish to eat, and to feed their families.
Who: This is a project of the Sierra Fund, with sponsors South Yuba River Citizens LEague and Wolf Creek Community Alliance.
How to Volunteer: Register online at https://www.sierrafund.org/post-it-day-2017/
Rene Henry, TU's CA Science Director is quoted in this article about the latest and most scary, water grab by San Joaquin Valley greedy growers...
In reference to the ongoing San Joaquin River Restoration effort, Rene says "From a biological stand point, there's absolutely no reason salmon cant live there."
Push to shift state water policy away from conservation.
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Volunteers must avoid any personal activity, investment or association that could interfere with or could appear to interfere with good judgment concerning TU's best interests. Volunteers may not use TU property, information or position for personal gain, including taking for yourself personal opportunities that are discovered through the use of TU property, information or position. Volunteers should avoid even the appearance of such a conflict. For example, there is a likely conflict of interest if an employee
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- competes, or prepares to compete, with TU while still serving on the chapter or council board of directors.
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- Investigation: When a volunteer reports harassment as specified above, TU will undertake a prompt investigation appropriate to the circumstances. The steps to be taken during the investigation cannot be fixed in advance, but will vary depending upon the nature of the allegations. Confidentiality will be maintained throughout the investigative process to the extent practicable and consistent with TU’s need to undertake a full investigation.
- Resolving the Matter: Upon completion of the investigation, appropriate remedial action will be taken, if necessary and supported by the facts.
- Non-retaliation: An individual who reports incidents that the volunteer, in good faith, believes to be violations of this policy, or who is involved in the investigation of harassment, will not be subject to reprisal or retaliation. Retaliation is a serious violation of this policy and should be reported immediately. The report and investigation of allegations of retaliation will follow the procedures set forth in this policy. Any person found to have retaliated against an individual for reporting discriminatory harassment or participating in an investigation of allegations of such conduct will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
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