Two Years After California’s Biggest Dam Removal, Fish Rebound

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 In 2015 the San Clemente Dam was demolished, in part to restore the watershed and protect endangered steelhead trout. Now scientists are studying the impacts and the findings have them optimistic about the future. Inspections take place in July 2015 during California’s largest dam-removal project – the 106ft-high San Clemente Dam on the scenic Carmel River.… Continue reading

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Chico State joins high-profile partners in multimillion-dollar fight to restore a threatened species

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Story by Sean Murphy, photos by Jason Halley The short-lived chill on this mid-August morning is quickly being replaced by ripples of heat.   Dylan Stompe and Nick Balfour’s boat is the lone vessel in sight during their 10-minute trek from the Sycamore Grove launch ramp in Red Bluff to their first stop on the Sacramento River. Hundreds of swallows and… Continue reading

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Salmon population booms on state’s Mokelumne River as restoration efforts pay off

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Photo: Mason Trinca, Special To The Chronicle CLEMENTS, San Joaquin County — Salmon crowded in and around the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery on Thursday, offering leaping and squiggling proof of what so far is a near-record return of the big pinkish delicacies after several years of low breeding numbers. Schoolchildren watched as the fall-run chinook… Continue reading

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CDFW Offers Grants to Engage Hispanic Communities in Fishing Activities

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting grant applications for fishing programs, classes and activities that educate and engage Hispanic communities. To be eligible for funding, programs must be: Ethnically inclusive: While a majority of participating families will be Hispanic, the event will be open to families of all races/ethnicities. Family-focused:… Continue reading

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Kern River: Our fickle beauty reduced to a trickle

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BY KASEY MEREDITH kmeredith@bakersfield.com   A woman walks along the dry river bed just east of the Kern River Bridge at Mohawk Street.The bridge in the background is the Westside Parkway exit to Truxtun Avenue. Felix Adamo The once-surging Kern River has shriveled into a sad little foot-wide channel. No one at this juncture can say… Continue reading

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Moving Salmon over Dams with Two-Way Trap and Haul

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by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences by Peter Moyle and Robert Lusardi Image source: Fisheries 42(9) Removing Shasta Dam is the single best action we can take to save California’s wild salmon.  Not possible, you say? Then there are two alternatives. One is to provide plenty of cold water and diverse, highly managed habitat below… Continue reading

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SYRCL to lead salmon tours for public, schools on the Yuba River

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What: SYRCL’s Public Salmon Tour & School Tours When: Public Tour – Saturday, Oct. 28, School Tours – Oct. 12-Nov. 9 Where: Lower Yuba River below Parks Bar Cost: $75 for the public, $65 for SYRCL members, $40 for kids under 12 Details: http://www.yubariver.org Registration has opened for the South Yuba River Citizens League’s 2017 Salmon… Continue reading

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Freeing Up Fish: How Barriers to Spawning Sites Are Being Removed

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After 20 years of work to restore habitat for steelhead trout on Alameda Creek in the Bay Area, efforts will get a significant boost with the biggest barrier to fish migration finally being tackled. WRITTEN BY, Robin Meadows The BART weir is a major barrier across Alameda Creek that will soon be retrofitted with a fish ladder.Photo… Continue reading

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Vast majority of 710,000 salmon, trout survive Wine Country fires

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  Photo: Beck Diefenbach, Special To The Chronicle Coho Salmon are raised at the Warm Springs Hatchery on Friday, January 24, 2014 in Geyserville, Calif. The vast majority of 710,000 salmon and trout — including the state fish, the golden trout — and 100,000 eggs at two state hatcheries survived this week’s wildfires in Sonoma and… Continue reading

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Reproduction Self-Destruction: Trojan Males as Invasive Species Control

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  Reproduction Self-Destruction: Trojan Males as Invasive Species Control Releasing specially bred hatchery fish could help native species by prompting invasive fish to breed themselves out of existence in the wild. An innovative project currently underway to control non-native brook trout populations in western U.S. waterways may hold promise for invasive fishes elsewhere. The initiative, which won… Continue reading

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