The El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited has scheduled its Welcome Back Member meeting for WEDNESDAY October 15th at the American River Resort in Coloma from 5:30-8pm. This event was moved from the september date because of the King Fire interference. We will have a free BBQ and social hour before the meeting starts. The ARR owners have graciously donated this site and we will be indoors in their conference room. We plan to have guest speakers as well as a Power Point presentation from our members who attended the Yellowstone Fish-out in August. AND we WILL have some great prizes for our Welcome Back raffle.
Mark your calendars for this event, and please RSVP to our President, Berni Bahro at > so we have enough food for all. Hope to see you there.
Business for the October meeting will comprise the election of a Chapter Board member. The term of Board Member at Large, Erik Holst, will expire this year. Erik is willing to serve another term; however, he encourages others to run for this position.
Nominations are now open for this position and someone will be elected at our October meeting.
If anyone is interested in being more active by donating some time and sharing their ideas to improve the chapters activities and to support its overall mission of conserving , protecting and restoring cold water fisheries, please contact Lew Archuletta at or (530)622-5790.
Numerous commitee positions are also open. If you would like to participate in cooperation with the Forest Service, data collection in the field, monofilament collector maintenance, field work days, maintenance of the chapter web sites or other activity notify Lew, contact a board member in October or hold your hand up at the meeting.
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
Are you an Amazon shopper? If so, learn to use Amazon Smile and help TU El Dorado. Amazon will give 0.5 % of any purchase made on Amazon Smile to your chosen non-profit. An additional $5 will be earned for special events such as pre Fathers Day. We just received our contribution of $8.58 from the last quarter. This small amount can grow much larger if we learn and remember to use Amazon Smile. When shopping Amazon go to smile.amazon.com. Choose TU El Dorado from the offered list as your continuing non-profit and continue your shopping in your normal fashion. Together we can be Giant.
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.