The North Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited has two projects in Marin County focused on restoring habitat for the endangered Coho salmon and protected steelhead trout. NBTU is leading the restoration of Devil’s Gulch (part of the Lagunitas Watershed) through grant writing, engineering and on-site restoration work. The second restoration effort provides planting assistance to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in the multi-year restoration of the Redwood Creek Watershed.  Please scroll down the page for details.

Today is a happy day for our trout, salmon and steelhead.  The State of Oregon, the federal government, and the Klamath Tribes just announced a new agreement between the Tribes and Upper Klamath Basin irrigators that will resolve outstanding issues of water use and natural resource management.

Our very own Brian Johnson was appointed to the Congressional Task Force that helped work out this new agreement.  We’ve just posted a blog with a summary:
Check it out and please share widely.  Congratulations to all involved!
 
Sam Davidson
California Communications Director
Trout Unlimited
North Bay TU received word this week that it has been awarded a grant by the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife to install large wood at eight sites in Devil's Gulch Creek, a tributary to Lagunitas Creek.  This will provide improved habitat for the endangered Coho salmon as well as threatened steelhead trout.  The work will be completed this summer and will include assistance from NBTU volunteers like you.  Thanks for all you do for the fish!

NBTU, with grants from Trout Unlimited, the Rockey Foundation, and Patagonia completed restoration of the wet crossing on October 12, 2013 installing rock walls and three layers of bio-technical fabric that will eliminate a source of sediment load downstream of the crossing.  At the same time, an existing wet crossing received a new grading which will permit fish to migrate farther upstream.  NBTU volunteers harvested and planted native trees and bushes to help stabilize the banks and provide overhead shelter to lower water temperatures and provide protection for the young fish.  Our previous restoration work indicates that we should expect to see fish in the upstream area as well as less sediment in the lower reaches.

Read more: Devil's Gulch

Michael Reichmuth, a fisheries biologist with the National Parks Service, sent out an email with the final results of the 2013-2014 spawning survey on a number of creeks in Marin, including Rewood Creek.  We are reproducing it below with his permission.

Looking Back – Coho and Steelhead Spawning Summary

Although winter seemed to arrive late this year, coho and steelhead successfully spawned in both Redwood and Olema Creeks. Given that significant rainfall did not arrive until mid-February, it was pleasantly surprising to see so many returning coho salmon. In most years peak coho and steelhead spawning are separated by at least one month, with coho typically spawning in December and January and steelhead spawning from late January through the spring, but this year both coho and steelhead returned at the same time. In some locations both coho and steelhead adults were seen spawning side by side. On one survey on Olema Creek, crews observed a total of 95 adult coho and steelhead. In total, 29 coho redds and 42 steelhead redds were observed on Olema Creek, and five coho redds and nine steelhead redds were counted on Redwood Creek. This represents an increase in the number of adult coho spawners compared to the last time we observed this cohort during the winter of 2010-2011. On Olema Creek, steelhead redd counts were higher than past observations and there is still plenty of time for steelhead spawning, as they will often spawn through April, and sometimes as late as May.

Follow the link provided below if you are interested in viewing a summary of our 2013-2014 spawner survey results. 2013-2014 Coho and Steelhead Spawner Survey Summary

Read more: Redwood Creek Coho and Steelhead Spawning Summary

NBTU hosted its most recent workday on Saturday, April 12th. Nine volunteers spent the morning installing 22 small woody debris bundles in Redwood Creek to provide cover for Coho salmon and steelhead smolts.  Several smolt were spotted by volunteers.  If you are interested in participating in Redwood Creek or other restoration projects, please send an email to info@nbtu.org.

Read more: Redwood Creek

The president of the newly formed Truckee TU Chapter Stefan McLeod's impassioned testimony to the Lahontan Water Board (LWB), along with NBTU's past president John Regan's many years of bird dogging, has led to the final chapter in the fight to save the Paiute Cutthroat.  NBTU began field trips to the Silver King Creek area over twenty years ago and, along with the CA Dept. of Fish & Game (now the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife), found a solution to saving this species.  In 2014, the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife rotenoned a protion of Silver King Creek to eliminate non-native fish which would interbreed with the wild Paiute.

Paiute Cutthroat Trout - Oncorhynchus clarki seleniris

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Read more: Paiute Cutthroat Trout

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