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The National Forest Foundation and Trout Unlimited with support from the Tahoe National Forest and Sierra Nevada Brewing would like to invite you to support a Lower Prosser Creek Fish Habitat Enhancement Project. Volunteers receive free lunch and beer provided by Sierra Nevada
Brewing (after project work). Project work in Lower Prosser Creek will create spawning beds for wild trout. View the project details and register.
Trout Unlimited places a special emphasis on women's renewals since our goals include both adding more women to our ranks and engaging more women in TU's leadership. In order to bump up our retention of women who joined through one of these membership drives, we're extending the renewal drive through the end of 2014. Women renew for half price, at a special $17.50 rate, and the recruiting chapter will receive $15 of that $17.50 in the form of a special rebate. This reduced-rate renewal is only available for women who joined through the complimentary trial membership drive in the last 24 months, and it will end on Jan. 1, 2015. This special deal is found at tu.org/womenrenew.
Pat Barron led a team of seven members and friends to Silver Lake and Woods Lake on July 24. They performed cleanup operations in the dam area and at Woods Lake and collected a modest amount of trash. Pat also installed two monofilament collectors at the Silver Lake dam area. They then cleaned the collectors at Caples Lake and got a "Bucket full" of mono. Collectors are now installed at Jenkinson, Caples and Silver Lakes.
A Sacramento Superior Court judge issued a ruling Tuesday requiring regulation of groundwater pumping to protect a river in Siskiyou County. Attorneys on both sides say it's the first time a California court has ruled the "public trust doctrine" applies to groundwater. The doctrine says the State of California holds all waterways for the benefit of the people. The lawsuit claimed groundwater pumping in the Scott River Basin is partly responsible for decreased river flows – limiting the public's use of the river and harming fish habitat.
"By requiring, not allowing or permitting, but rather requiring counties to regulate groundwater by application of public trust principle," said Rod Walston of Siskiyou County." He said the trial court ruling will likely be appealed and the final decision may be made by the California Supreme Court.
California remains the only state in the union without statewide regulation of groundwater. Lack of regulation creates an unsustainable 'tragedy of the commons' use of groundwater, especially during dry years. California's severe drought and full consequences of increased groundwater pumping — including dry wells, rivers drying up, and land subsidence—have heightened awareness of groundwater issues. Groundwater is a wonky topic, but important to fish because it often sustains river flows during drought.
CalTrout supports legislative efforts intended to produce more effective management of groundwater resources. Such legislation is particularly important as California increases its reliance on groundwater to confront the challenges presented by population growth, climate change and drought conditions.
We are particularly interested in ensuring that groundwater and surface water resources are managed in a sustainable and integrated manner to avoid impacts to stream flow levels and the biological resources that depend upon the stream flows, such as cold-water fish.
In a joint letter to Senator Pavley and Assembly members Dickinson and Rendon, California Trout and Trout Unlimited outline four key steps to a more sustainable approach to groundwater management.
A number of our members conducted a casting clinic at Miraflores Winey on Saturday July12. Casting was performed on the dry grass as well as in the nearby pond. Casting instruction was provided for Winery Club members as well as some drop-in people. All participants seemed to be enjoying the experience.
A catered lunch was provided to participants. Lunch included offerings of the Miraflores wines which went down well with the friendly conversations.
See also Montana! Tell your legislators!
Wild trout management may be one of the greatest ecological success stories never told. The wild trout management policy diverted attention from stocking fish to compensate for habitat destruction caused by pollution, bulldozing, and dewatering streams. The wild trout policy focused attention on protecting and restoring degraded rivers and streams to provide the cool, clean water and healthy streams that trout require. While trout and anglers were primary beneficiaries of wild trout, a long list of species like mink, otter, ospreys, eagles, bears and kingfishers enjoy healthy habitats and a consistent food source thanks to wild trout management. Humans other than fishermen also benefit from the recreational and economic riches of healthy rivers and streams. Floaters, innkeepers, rod and wader makers, restaurants and chambers of commerce each enjoy the bounty that Montana's trout fishing provides. Read the full TU Blog.
A warm tuesday evening brought five of our members and one American River Conservancy rep. out to fish the Wakamatsu Pond in Gold Hill on July 1. Three float tubes, a kayak and two bankies sought the elusive bass. The tubers seem to have the edge with multiple catches out in deeper water in the weeds. One banky had a small bass and three escapees. It was a quiet warm night and very still. The tubers had the most enjoyment.
The water level is dec;lining and it is hard to predict what it will be in August. Stay tuned for the next outing.
The Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation (SDFPE) is an effort to evaluate the feasibility of reintroducing Chinook salmon and steelhead to tributaries above Shasta Lake. A Fish Passage Pilot Implementation Plan is being developed with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Water Resources, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California State Water Board, and the University of California..
The SDFPE is part of Reclamation's response to the June 4, 2009, Biological Opinion (BO) and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) by NMFS. Read the full story and find links. A fact sheet of the shasta project is available.
A more extensive report of the total actions on west slope rivers is available.
There are over 380,000 miles of roads on National Forest Service lands in the US. If you place them end to end they would circle the earth fifteen times! Some of those roads are important, as they allow hunters, fishermen, and families to access public forests, rivers, and campgrounds.
But many roads lead to nowhere. They are relics of past logging or unstable routes created illegally by off-road vehicle users. This system of roads is in desperate need of maintenance to prevent erosion that muddies streams and kills fish. The taxpayer is now on the hook for $10 billion dollars in deferred road maintenance.
The Forest Service is beginning to take modest steps to fix or remove a fraction of these failing roads and define appropriate places for off-road vehicle use. Unfortunately, extreme anti-environmental groups are strongly vocalizing their opposition to these efforts. It is vital that those who support salmon, rare plants, and our shared natural heritage make a difference by speaking up for responsible road management.
Be a Weed Warrior and learn to fly fish on the famous Truckee River! Join Trout Unlimited and the Truckee River Watershed Council on July 12 on I-80 near the agriculture station east of truckee. Fishing lessons from 9:30 to 112:30 and weed lessons/work till 1:30. Volunteers from age 10 and up are wanted. See the poster for details.
Weeds, and especially those classified as Invasive Weeds, are an anomaly in our area that directly affect the enjoyment and use of the watershed for our wildlife, recreation, and fire suppression. They cost us all money and time.
The Weed Warriors coordinate activities for the prevention and control of invasive weeds in the Truckee River watershed. Our activities focus on the exclusion, detection, containment and eradication of invasive weeds. These efforts concentrate on species listed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and other species of local significance.