The American River Conservancy brings the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to Coloma on Saturday November 15. Three different film sets will be shown at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Showings will be at the Gold Trail Grange #425 at the Marshall Gold Discovery Park.Tickets are $10 per show or $25 for all three. Additional ticket options are described at the web-site.
Parking will be available first come first serve basis at the Grange. Overflow parking is at the Park for $8 including admission to the Park.
The Park is located at 319 State Highway 49, Coloma, CA 95613
A gourmet concession stand will provide Taco plates beer wine and other drinks.
See the web-site for full details.
Trout Unlimited is sponsoring the 1:00 PM show
Jann Williams of the Forest Service and our El Dorado Chapter created a project to create Red-Legged Frog habitat near Georgetown. Frogs were known to populate private property near the divide. Jann searched for a nearby site within the National Forest to provide added habitat. Several sites were identified uphill from the existing population and Jann described a project and obtained approval for its conduct.
Jann led a team of about 30 individuals from the Forest Service, Save the Frogs, American River Conservancy, three from our chapter and some other NGOs on October 6 and 7 to create three wetland ponds at the site. Additional sites will be created in the near future.
Project design and technical direction were provided by Tom Beibighouser, consultant from Kentucky sponsored by the Amphibian and Reptile Organization. He was assisted by two others from British Columbia and Six Rivers Forest.
The project site was in a swale near the ridge top, had sandy loam soil and no water. Accordingly a lined pond was required. The ponds were excavated in the bottom of the swale and are 2-3 feet in depth. The liner is 32 mil PVC protected by 8 oz. geotextile cloth above and below. The materials were placed in the formed depression and nailed in place with 12 inch spikes along a level line defining the pond edge. Removed dirt was then placed over the liner to a depth of 6-8 inches so that all features were covered. Organic material logs and branches were included to improve habitat.
Plants and grasses will be added to the site as storms approach and Jann will anxiously await the ponds filling. It is believed that the ponds will retain water until August each year so that the frogs may complete their life cycle.
Have you wondered what Trout Unlimited is doing in California. You may know what your chapter is doing but what of the staff in the Bay Area and around the state? The California staff has been preparing quarterly activity reports to show their progress. Read their summer 2014 report to understand the variety of projects in process.
September 20 event cancelled due to King Fire and potential smoke interference.
Activity and speakers will be moved to the October 16 meeting date.
Dave Lasser of Truckee TU is asking for your help on two great projects. Projects are continuing in spawning gravel restoration on Prosser Creek and Eagle Lake Trout restoration at Eagle Lake. The Prosser activity will occur on Saturday August 30. Read the following for details and registration.
Two four day trips are planned to Eagle Lake to aid in trout recovery. The first session is September 2-5 with the second on September 8-12. These will be campout sessions at Bogard Campground with work up on Pine Creek. Work description and registration details follow.
Ten of our El Dorado members and friends met in Pollock Pines on August 21 to cleanup the Fore-bay Park and service the mono-filament collectors. It was a pleasant day on the reservoir and the group made quick work of the cleanup. About 80 pounds of trash were accumulated. A large PG&E cable and a home for sale sign were notable finds. The area was generally fairly clean and a minimum of bottles and food wrappers were found.
The cleanup was part of our continuing Great Sierra River Cleanup which will complete on September 20. El Dorado has placed mono-filament collectors and collected waste at Sly Park, Caples Lake, Silver Lake and Fore-bay.
There didn't seem to be much fish action in the lake but several members went off to fish the outfall canal for those big Browns.
Pictured are Erik Holst, Sharon Barron, Marty, Stan Backlund, leader Pat Barron, Bill Berdin, Rob Kilbourne, John Murphy and Don Kruger.
Visually stunning and powerfully eye opening, DamNation documents the attempt to reverse a century's worth of land and water management mistakes. Dam removal is something you can do that actually has immediate effects on the environment. There are 85,000 dams on rivers throughout the U.S. so it's an issue that is literally in everyone's back yard. Most people in the general public just look at dams as part of the landscape and I think once you see the film you'll look at dams a lot differently. The stories of the salmon are deeply effected by dams. Salmon are some of the most versatile and tenacious fish and they are a part of so many native cultures. One of the main problems with dams is that they effect salmon runs. Every spring salmon swim upstream from the ocean to spawn. The trip can be hundreds of miles and after releasing their eggs, most of the fish die. This is a cycle that's been happening for thousands of years. A dam essentially stops this cycle.
Yvon Chinard of Patagonia went to the Sierra Club and asked them to make this movie. Read the story of the film and see how you can watch it.
On July 29th, water releases from Boca Reservoir, which provides flow to a popular stretch of the "LT," were shut off overnight as there simply wasn't any more contract water to release. Releases went from 250 cubic feet per second ("cfs") in a matter of hours to less than 1 cfs, stranding hundreds of wild brown and rainbow trout and native mountain whitefish.
Trout Unlimited staff and Truckee River TU chapter members had been tracking the situation and were in close communication with the Federal Water Master who operates water releases in the Truckee Basin.
Read the full story on TU.org
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.
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.