The next presentation of the Fall '08 Sacramento State STEM Public Lecture Series will take place on Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm in the University Union Redwood Room. The title of the talk is "Where are the fish?!" presented by Dr. Timothy Horner from the Department of Geology at Sacramento State.
Dr. Horner will address how changes which have occurred over the past 150 years on the American River have decreased salmon and steelhead populations. These declining fish populations have been linked to any number of conditions including global warming, ocean conditions, commercial or recreational fishing, delta water demands, sediment input, water diversions, water quality, dams and water releases. Dr. Horner has a few ideas of his own and will talk about possible stresses to American River fish as well as future restoration strategies.
For more information, please visit the Center for STEM Excellence website at www.csus.edu/stem. Here you will find directions and parking information on the "virtual postcard." Questions can be directed to Sharon Puricelli, STEM Center Coordinator, at or Dr. V. Scott Gordon, STEM Center Marketing Subcommittee Chair, at .
Presented by the El Dorado Irrigation District and partners:
- El Dorado County
- American River Conservancy
- Sacramento Municipal Utility District
- Apple Hill Agricultural Stakeholders
- El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts
- Sierra Pacific Industries
- U.S. Forest Service
Area residents will have a unique opportunity this summer to experience the wonderful world of water and learn more about how our water resources connect the environment, economy, and people—from the high Sierra to the western end of El Dorado County.
The tours were developed as a component of the South Fork American River Watershed Plan—created by stakeholders and agencies throughout this watershed—as one way to offer meaningful learning experiences to local communities.
There is no charge for the tours. Each will include short walking excursions and easy hikes, so organizers ask participants to bring good-quality walking shoes, a hat, snacks and/or a sack lunch, bottled water and refills provided.
HOW MANY WILD STEELHEAD DID YOU KILL THIS YEAR?
Author: Jeff Mishler
Salmon, Trout, Steelheader April 2010
Reprinted with permission
Let's just say for the purpose of this piece that you're a catch and release angler. You release all wild steelhead, salmon and trout because, well, it's the law on most rivers in the Pacific Northwest. More importantly, an angler concerned about the future of the sport, mostly likely, has come to realize that the future of any fishery lies in the preservation of genetic diversity which can only be ensured through abundant wild adult escapement. Releasing wild fish keeps the gene pool rolling along its natural way. And while some anglers are good at catching fish and others are not, it's very probable that some anglers catch a lot of wild fish because they target them specifically. They may ignore the put and take fishery available to sport fishermen in most states and choose to pursue wild fish presumably using tackle and techniques that minimize mortality of the resource.
No angler of good intentions wants to admit that their catch and release routine, routinely kills wild fish. But these routines are often old habits passed down the family line and they can be hard to break, even if they negatively impact the resource we think we are protecting.
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades K-12:
- raise trout from eggs to fry.
- monitor tank water quality.
- engage in stream habitat study.
- learn to appreciate water resources.
- begin to foster a conservation ethic.
- grow to understand ecosystems.
Most programs end the year by releasing their trout in a state-approved stream near the school or within a nearby watershed. During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs. Therefore, each program is unique. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education. For more information on possible activities and lessons, please see Trout Unlimited's TIC site. In the Sac-Sierra Chapter region, TIC is facilitated through the "Classroom Aquarium Education Program" of the California Department of Fish and Game.
The Dept of Fish and Game is looking for volunteers to assist with their genetics study of the Redband Trout in the Alturas area. The study will be conducted in 60 streams in the upper Pit River drainage, Warner Valley and Goose Lake areas. The Shasta Trinity Flyfishers Club has members currently volunteering, but DFG can use more. Sampling techniques include backpack electrofishing, and hook & line. This study is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.
Since this work can be demanding, volunteers should be in good physical condition. You will be asked to work from Mon-Fri, provided waders and will be paid per diem from DFG. Lodging in Alturas is closest to the work.
Anyone interested in volunteering, please contact Bill Jong, DFG, Heritage & Wild Trout Program at (530) 225-2062. Let Bill know that you are from our Chapter. If you do volunteer, also please contact John Sikora of our Chapter to report your experiences. He can be reached at (916) 502-2433 and will prepare a summary of your experiences for our Chapter newsletter.