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
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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.