In 2017, the California State Water Resources Control Board will make a decision that will fundamentally affect rivers and streams that California anglers know and love. This decision could make or break California’s salmon fisheries and the multi-billion dollar commercial and recreational angling economy they support.
Even under the proposed new standards, two-thirds of the natural flow of the Merced, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus Rivers would still be diverted, mainly for agriculture.
Truth is often hard to hear. The truth is that demand for water far exceeds supply in California—and that fish species, in particular, have been shouldering most of the burden of providing water for California, for decades. To keep some of our state’s unique natural heritage alive, we must better balance the allocation of this precious limited resource.
Please help us make sure the water board knows that the angling community unequivocally supports boosting flow standards for the lower San Joaquin River watershed, and reserving at least 40 percent of unimpaired flow for environmental needs.
Read Chandra Ferrari's Blog for the full story.
This December ARC signed a Purchase Agreement to acquire another 5,247 acres of Blue Oak woodland savanna south of El Dorado and west of Highway 49. In 2013-14, ARC acquired a 2,139 acre portion of this ranch fronting the Main Fork of the Cosumnes River. The acquisition of this contiguous landscape would create the largest, contiguous block of protected Blue Oak Woodland in El Dorado County - a Preserve of over 7,385 acres and help preserve the quantity and quality of water flowing downstream to the San Francisco Bay Delta.
Alan Ehrgot of the American River Conservancy reports the acquisition of 10,115 acres adjacent to the Granite Chief Wilderness and the restoration of 3,323 acres. The ARC intends to donate these properties to the Tahoe National Forest as part of the Granite Chief Wilderness area. ARC deserves recognition and congratulations for conceiving, fund raising and completion of these acts in only 3 years.
Article in The Christian Science Monitor by Zack Colman
In an innovative agreement, farmers have joined with environmental groups and state and federal officials to both increase water availability and restore the natural landscape. Although the plan focuses on just one section of the state, it is an agriculturally significant one – the Yakima Basin. And it’s comprehensive: The plan includes voluntary conservation programs, building new water-storage reservoirs, and adding structures to dams that would help fish seek cooler waters as they migrate upstream. The framework, in place at the state level since 2012, has begun to show promise, even though federal approval by the US Congress is still needed for full implementation.
November is the month where our chapter normally conducts elections to determine officers for the following year. This years transition was made more difficult following the resignation of our president Melinda Frost-Hurzel, vice president Rick Hurzel and treasurer Bob Wilke. Bill Burden and Jann Williams volunteered to complete the terms of president and treasurer and were so designated at our November 17 meeting following their nomination by C P Johnston. The position of vice president remains open.
Bill Provided a briefing of our chapter goals and interests prior to his election. He stressed the need for members to know their desires for chapter activities and act on them to participate in activity and leadership. Now is the time for you to step forward and participate in the operation of our chapter. Do you have specific issues or wants that you would like to see pursued? Is there a committee you have interest or talents to support? Would you be able to take on a minor operations job?
Currently we have vacant positions at vice president, and director at large. We also would like to develop an assistant and editor for the web site. See our Operations web page to view other committee and group position possibilities.
Bill has scheduled an informal organization/social meeting on December 7. All are welcome to discuss volunteer positions and future activity for the chapter. We will meet at the Farm Table in Placerville from 6-8 PM. Drop by to say hello and share a drink or snack. Nominations for officer positions and volunteers for committees will also be accepted at the January 19 Meeting. You may also express interest, volunteer or offer suggestions by e-mail to .
El Dorado Trout Unlimited has wrapped up its monitoring program for the year and has begun the process of data analysis that will culminate in a watershed assessment. Thanks so much to our amazing monitors and volunteers! Thanks also to Trout Unlimited for an Embrace a Stream grant that helped to fund this important work!
Meanwhile, the Chinook salmon run has begun, the earliest connection since passage barriers were removed. Keep your fingers crossed for more rain, so this large run won't be stranded due to continuing diversions & overdraft....
The Wild Steelhead Coalition, Patagonia, and award-winning filmmaker Shane Anderson have teamed up to produce a new film series called Steelhead Country. The six-episode series explores the rise and fall of angling for wild steelhead in Washington State – from the heydey of steelheading on the Puyallup River to the litany of legendary rivers that are now closed throughout Puget Sound, including the mighty Skagit. Follow along as Steelhead Country explores the past, present, and hopeful future for this iconic species. If you have seen Rivers of a Lost Coast this film drives the point home.
ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING OTHER WOMEN LEARN TO FISH? Are you a women wanting inclusion in the conservation, fishing and social aspects of Trout Unlimited? Trout Unlimited is jump starting their women's initiative across the state by identifying women volunteers for each of their many chapters. The goal for each coordinator is to plan fun, educational events for new anglers and to connect current anglers.
Many people would be intimidated by being the minority in a group, let alone the sole individual. I encourage you to think about what your experience was like at your first chapter interaction. Did you feel comfortable? Why did you decide to come? What keeps you coming back? Think about the answers to those questions and try to replicate the good and smooth over the gaps. Start a conversation at your chapter and maybe even consider filling the role of Women's Initiative Chair for your chapter. Take a look at other people's successes.
The Washington's Women's Initiative, led by Heather Hodson, is a great example. Heather and her collective of Women's Initiative Chapter Chairs are doing great things from women's social nights to casting clinics. Women who attend the clinics receive a free TU membership from a local TU Business and are followed-up with to invite them to upcoming chapter activities (and even step up to lead other women's events). You may check this out on their Facebook page WashingtonTroutUnlimitedWomen or Women of Trout Unlimited
Liquid Gold is a California Trout film that depicts the history of Golden Trout in California. This excellent presentation includes a two week back pack journey to discover the trout. The film captures the realities of the journey and put you on the scene. The 17 minute film is worth watching to capture the history, the habitat, the range, the geography, the journey and the experience. Watch the Film
Watching Liquid Gold puts you on "YouTube" where a series of similar films are displayed. Two of these are recommended and described here. Follow any of these links and you will be exposed to all of the series.
Enough is Enough portrays the history of the McCloud River, its historic fish, geographical protection of the site and of course the modern fishing experience.
Trout Fishing In The Sierras reports exploration of Twin Lakes near Bridgeport California. It doesn't carry the history of the prior films but presents opportunities in a familiar location.
On July 15, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed a bill, H.R. 3650 that would allow the disposal of 2 million acres of Forest Service land per state. This is an area larger than the Gallatin National Forest in Montana. More than all National Forest lands in Wisconsin. Greater than the National Forests of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York and Pennsylvania combined. This is twice the size of California's Six Rivers National Forest.
Two million acres of your National Forests per state – gone.
Certain lands, such as Congressionally designated Wilderness Areas, would be excluded, but the majority of America's public lands managed by the Forest Service would be eligible for liquidation.
And what would happen to these lands? They would go to individual states to be managed primarily for timber production without any consideration given to the 320 million Americans who currently own a stake in them. That is, if the lands aren't sold to private interests, like what is happening right now with the Elliot State Forest in Oregon.