Tag Archives: Waters of Central-Southern Coast

USGS Working to Restore Streamgages

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For questions about a streamgage in your state, please contact your local USGS water science center; contacts can be found at https://water.usgs.gov/key_officials.html. UPDATE, 11/6: Once all operational gages are brought back online, the USGS will focus on restoring other equipment that experienced the telemetry issues, including about 85 rapid deployment gages that are used periodically for emergency… Continue reading

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

Multimillion-dollar Carmel River channel project bore brunt of winter storms, may still support steelhead

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National Marine Fisheries research fishery biologist Tommy Williams walks at the site of the old San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River in Carmel Valley. (Vern Fisher – Monterey Herald)   Two Rana Creek Nursery workers cross the Carmel River while working on weed abatement at the old San Clemente Dam site. (Vern Fisher –… Continue reading

Young coho salmon arrive at new home in Porter Creek

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Guy Kovner, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Dipping a small net into the clear water of Porter Creek, biologist Ben White delivered a few dozen squirming, silver coho salmon fingerlings into their new home Monday. Morning fog lingered over the creek, a tributary of the nearby Russian River, as White and his three-man team from the Warm… Continue reading

Why the San Gabriel River is full and flowing despite a hot, dry November

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A small amount of water is released, rear, through Morris Dam in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa to augment that city’s water supply. The majority of the water currently flowing in the San Gabriel River is water purchased from Northern California. Nov. 16, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG) By Steve Scauzillo,… Continue reading

New $12 million Russian River fish ladder offers glimpse of salmon recovery efforts

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GUY KOVNER, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT The 600,000 Sonoma and Marin county residents who get their drinking water from the river paid for most of the $12 million fish ladder, which includes both a video monitoring system so scientists can count the migrating fish and a viewing gallery that will give the public a glimpse as well.… Continue reading

Napa fish monitoring shows mixed results for salmon, trout

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  J.L. Sousa, Register file photo Napa County Resource Conservation District staff and volunteers place a rotary screw trap in the Napa River. Results from last spring’s trapping show low populations of steelhead trout and Chinook salmon. California’s five-year drought may be taking a toll on the Napa County’s steelhead trout population, though Chinook salmon… Continue reading

Sonoma County signals possible extension for comment on Russian River flow plan

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MARY CALLAHAN, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Interested parties appear likely to get the extra time many have requested to review and comment on some 3,600 pages of study for a plan to permanently reduce summertime flows in the Russian River and Dry Creek to benefit imperiled fish species. Sonoma County officials announced Friday they would discuss an… Continue reading

Critics of proposed low-flows for Russian River blast supervisors

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MARY CALLAHAN, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Critics of a permanent plan to curtail summertime flows in the Russian River blasted Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday, with many saying the long-anticipated shift in water management would devastate lower river communities and economies dependent on recreation and tourism. A string of speakers implored county officials to rethink their strategy or… Continue reading

Historic dam removal project celebrated in Carmel Valley

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California American Water held a celebration for local dignitaries at the area of the San Clemente Dam removal on the Carmel River on Monday. (Vern Fisher – Monterey Herald) California state Sen. Bill Monning, Monterey County Supervisor Dave Potter, California American Water President Rob MacLean and Rep. Sam Farr view the area of the San… Continue reading