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Watershed monitoring is about connections....at least that's what we're learning at El Dorado TU. Connections between people and streams, surface water and groundwater...and fish and the general ecology. The July 2016 monitoring event recorded good flows and healthy parameters in the upper watershed, with decreasing flows and increasing temperatures as the Cosumnes River moves towards the California Central Valley.
 
To improve watershed conditions requires communication about these connections. Our monitors play an important role not only in collecting baseline data, but as ambassadors for the idea that it's possible to provide conditions that are healthy for fish and aquatic habitat, and provide for human needs too. Thanks to the EDTU Monitors, Private Funders, and the TU Embrace a Stream Program, for support of this work!
 
 
Cosumnes Pi Pi July 2016

tenkara2Tenkara is a very simple and elegant style of fly fishing.  Mike Willis of Reverse Hackle Tenkara () held a Tenkara demonstration at the Bridalveil  Falls picnic area on July 16.  EDTU members Randy & Joyce Hansen and Pat Weddle attended along with 15 other anglers. Tenkara rod archetecture, rigging, fly types and casting techniques were demonstrated. Tenkara is basically a high stick nymphing technique using a long soft rod and a fixed rod length line.  Fish were caught by Willis an outfitter and founding member of the Tenkara anglers of Northern California and Nevada.  This is a technique that will especially attract the light tackle, small stream, minimalist anglers among us.  Thanks, Mike, for a great event!

coast annaHalligan 0The 19th annual Coho Confab will be held August 26-28 at the Jug Handle Creek Farm in Mendocino County. The conference will open Friday night with keynote presentations by John Carlos Garza, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries; Sean Gallagher, California Department of Fish and Wildlife; and Lisa Bolton, North Coast Coho Project Director, Trout Unlimited. Topics will cover Spatial and Temporal Variation in structure and abundance of Coho Salmon in California, 15 years of monitoring Coho Salmon population in Coastal Mendocino and An overview of collaborative strategic restoration on the North Coast.

Saturday and Sunday will feature half day and full day field trips to examine works in process.

Attendance is $200 before July 25. Fees include camping, food and workshops. Rooms in the farmhouse or cabins are available at $100 per person. Read More

CHEER fish rescue courtesy Milbrand Cinema 2014 0In 2006, the Pajaro River on California’s central coast came out of obscurity to make national headlines—for the wrong reason: it was named the most endangered river in America.

A new video from Trout Unlimited shows that, despite the river’s many challenges, the potential for successful habitat restoration in the Pajaro is strong. That’s because in 2009 TU, CHEER, and the Center for Ecosystem Management  and Restoration (CEMAR) teamed up to “think big and start small” in restoring steelhead habitat in the Pajaro.

See the full story.

Thanks to our Citizen Scientist monitors for a successful June monitoring event!  It's nice to see conditions with a bit of snow pack behind it:  temperatures were on average 3-4 degrees lower across the watershed then June 2015.  Flows were also stronger:

Flow at North Fork, June 2015:                     7.6 cfs               Flow at North Fork, June 2016:        17 cfs

Flow at Middle Fork, June 2015:                     43 cfs               Flow at Middle Fork, June 2016:      110 cfs (inaccurate due to new swimming dam?  Note the total flow at the mainstem)

Flow at Mainstem, June 2015:                       18 cfs                Flow at Mainstem, June 2016:         62 cfs

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But the big news for this monitoring event has to be the presence of fish.

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 The California Division of Fish and Wildlife has recognized the benefits of Beaver in the waters of California. Beaver dams create habitat for many other animals and plants of California. Deer and elk frequent beaver ponds to forage on shrubby plants that grow where beavers cut down trees. Weasels, raccoons, and herons hunt frogs and other prey along the marshy edges of beaver ponds. Sensitive species such as red-legged, yellow-legged and Cascade frogs all benefit from habitat created by beaver wetlands. In coastal rivers and streams, young coho salmon and steelhead may use beaver ponds to find food and protection from high flows and predators while waiting to grow big enough to go out to sea.

Beaver activities can cause problems, but before beginning a beaver control action, assess the problem and match the most appropriate and cost-effective controls to the situation. There are two basic control methods used in California: prevention and lethal control. It is almost impossible as well as cost prohibitive to exclude beavers from ponds, lakes, or impoundments.

See the CA DFW WebSite.

The U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Commerce, PacificCorp, and the states of Oregon and California today signed an agreement that, following a process administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is expected to remove four dams on the Klamath River by 2020, amounting to one of the largest river restoration efforts in the nation.

State and federal officials also signed a new, separate agreement with irrigation interests and other parties known as the 2016 Klamath Power and Facilities Agreement (KPFA). This agreement will help Klamath Basin irrigators avoid potentially adverse financial and regulatory impacts associated with the return of fish runs to the Upper Klamath Basin, which are anticipated after dams are removed.

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TU Teen Summit 2014 25Wanted dedicated anglers and conservationists who have shown involvement with TU and have just completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Come to TU's Teen Summit to meet other TU teens from across the country, talk about how TU can better engage teen members, learn how to become a TU leader in your community, work on a service project and fish! Spend five days with a group of new friends that love fishing, the outdoors and TU as much as you do.

2016 SUMMIT LOCATION and Dates: GEORGETOWN LAKE, CAMP WATANOPA, MONTANA, Sunday, June 19 - Thursday, June 23. COST: $200 includes food, lodging, shuttle from the airport (if required) and all activities. Selected applicants will be asked to pay this fee by late May. See Listing for agenda and information.

 

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El Dorado Trout Unlimited (EDTU) is continuing its Citizen Scientist Monitoring Program for the Cosumnes River in 2016.  We monitor key parameters of the river and take structured observations of habitat and species present.  Information gathered is part of a watershed assessment, in preparation for restoration work.  EDTU is working with partners American River Conservancy, Cosumnes Culture and WaterWays, Fishery Foundation, and Landmark Environmental Consultants to create innovative, win/win solutions that support communities and river health.   And good river health leads to good fishing!

April is "Get Ready Month"!  

As April days unfold, signs of spring are arriving.  Green grass, wildflowers, water quality monitors thinking of their sites by the river...AT EDTU, we're getting ready for monitoring season. 

Sierra Trout Camp 2016 flyer final

 We are excited to officially open enrollment for Trout Unlimited’s Sierra Trout Camp for kids ages 9-12! This camp will take place June 18th and 19th from 9 am-5 pm at the trout ponds at the Resort and Squaw Creek and Sawmill Lake in Truckee, CA thanks to Matt Heron Fly Fishing and Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. The camp costs $150 per person. This fly fishing camp will teach the campers to go from novices to pros within two days! Some of the skills that the campers will gain include: fly casting, fly tying, hooking and landing fish, reading water, aquatic insect identification, knot tying, and much more!

Unlike previous camps, this will not be an overnight camp. Replacing this is two days that the campers can fish on private water that is filled with trout!
If you are interested in signing your child up, or know someone that would be interested in sending their kid to camp, please contact Sam Sedillo: , (408) 718 9897. He will send you further information and an application for the camp.

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