As many of you know, TU has been working for years to improve flows and habitat conditions in Central Valley rivers for salmon and steelhead, through processes such as the Bay-Delta Plan. Now, for the first time in 20 years, the State Water Resources Control Board has proposed to raise flow standards in the lower San Joaquin River watershed to help fish and water quality in the Delta.
CA Water Policy Director Chandra Ferrari has played a major role in advocating for improved flow standards in state and federal planning and dam relicensing processes, and the water board’s proposal reflects TU’s science-based position that providing more cold water at key times is the single most important thing we can do to recover our dwindling Central Valley salmon and steelhead runs.
In a just-posted blog, Chandra says the water board’s proposed target flow standards for the Merced, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus Rivers are encouraging, but should be higher if we are serious about recovering cold water fish populations. Anglers are strongly encouraged to comment on the water board's proposal – please read and share this post with your chapter members and fishing partners, and on social media! (Deadline for written comments is noon on January 17, 2017).
Information on how to comment is found in Chandra’s blog post. Click this link: http://www.tu.org/blog-posts/new-flow-standards-key-to-recovering-central-valley-salmon-and-steelhead.
Thanks for all you are doing to conserve, protect and restore California’s trout and salmon. Wishing all of you a joyous and healthy holiday season, and many fishy days in 2017.
Five hundred miles. That’s a pretty significant distance, right? Now, imagine swimming that far.
That’s how many river miles will re-opened to native steelhead in the Klamath River under the terms of a revised agreement between the federal government, the states of California and Oregon, and the utility company PacifiCorp.
The amended Klamath Hydropower Settlement Agreement, and the Klamath Power and Facilities Agreement were signed today at the mouth of the Klamath River by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., of California, Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon and PacifiCorp CEO Stefan Bird.
Under the new-and-improved KHSA, four old, unproductive hydropower dams on the Klamath River will be removed beginning in the year 2020. This action will open up 500 miles of habitat for steelhead and some 420 miles for salmon.
In response to continued extreme drought conditions, the Fish and Game Commission has established a quick response process to temporarily close fisheries experiencing degraded environmental conditions that may affect fish populations or their habitat. The criteria are intended to ensure that fisheries are protected under critical conditions stemming from the drought. These criteria will be monitored in statewide inland fisheries, and they will be evaluated on a water by water basis over time as conditions change.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife will maintain a list of closed waters and update that list on Wednesday of each week by 1:00 pm. In the event that water conditions change later in the week, the fishing status for each specific water will not change until the day following the next Wednesday. It will be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number below or go to the department’s website at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations to obtain the current status of any water. The number to call for information is (916) 445-7600.
So call before you go fishing to ensure the water you wish to fish is open. If your trip extends over a Wednesday, call again to be sure its status has not changed.
Thanks to Lowell Ashbaugh, NCC Conservation VP for the IFFF for the heads up on this.
Trout Unlimited in California is making some changes and you are involved. My name is Dustin Rocksvold and I am the President of the Sac-Sierra Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Sac-Sierra TU is one of 11 chapters located in California working to Protect, Reconnect and Restore our natural heritage and cold water fishing opportunities.
Trout Unlimited in California has almost 10,000 members, but not all of them were assigned to a local chapter. TU volunteers in California working with TU's professional staff have re-aligned chapter boundaries so that ALL TU members are part of a local or regional chapter. You are receiving this message because you are now a member of the Sac-Sierra Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Welcome! Sac-Sierra TU is focused on Protecting, Reconnecting and Restoring the cold water fisheries of the Western Sierra Nevada.
Do you love salmon and steelhead? Interested in getting your hands dirty and working on a stream bank stabilization project? Want to learn more about Sac-Sierra and how you can help? Contact Kevin Mather at for more information or go to http://www.sac-sierratu.org/volunteer-opportunities.
Welcome to Sac-Sierra TU!
Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited is bringing on a full-time Grassroots Organizer to assist and develop the volunteer TU chapters in California. The primary geographic focus will be 5 TU chapters located in the central Sierra Nevada region, with some responsibilities extending statewide. The Grassroots Organizer will educate, outreach and mobilize our membership and other conservation partners in the Sierra region and plan, design and execute on-the-ground restoration and monitoring projects that enhance habitat for wild and native trout. The position is offered through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.
Interested parties should contact Dave Lass (530-587-7110) or John Sikora. (916-502-2433)
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.
Preservation Proposed for Rivers in Eastern Sierra and Southern California
Thanks to the support of Friends of the River members, and the years of dogged work by a strong coalition of conservation groups, a bipartisan bill has been introduced by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) into the Senate and House of Representatives.
The "Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act" seeks to protect more than 52 miles of Wild & Scenic rivers and nearly 476,000 acres of Wilderness, including some of the most spectacular scenery in the West.
Please click here to read the entire press release that outlines the bill. We'll need your help in the near future as the bill progresses to make sure it gets the support it needs. But today is a day to celebrate another great step forward for California rivers and wilderness!
It's been several months since our last newsletter and a lot has happened in that time. This month I want to take a moment to let you know a bit of what has been happening over the past few months.
First of all our webmaster, Dustin Rocksvold has redesigned and launched a new website for Sac-Sierra TU. If you haven't been there in a while it's worth checking out at www.sac-sierratu.org. We will be updating the website regularly with information on conservation related issues, projects and events.
In June of this year Trout Unlimited hosted the first TU Fish Camp for kids. The three day event was held at the Sagehen Creek field station outside of Truckee. Lisa and Ralph Cutter and Dave Lass, the Northern California field coordinator for TU were the instructors for the camp. 15 kids age 11- 15 participated and had the opportunity to learn about stream biology, bug sampling, fly casting, knots and stream restoration. On the third day volunteers from Truckee River TU, Reno Sagebrush TU and Sac-Sierra TU helped the kids tie flies and then guided them for a day of fishing on Sagehen creek. Fortunately the fish were willing to play and most of the campers hooked and landed fish. Plans are already underway to expand the camp for the summer of 2013.