El Dorado TU's Cosumnes River Monitoring Program continues!

The monitors have done a great job--and have now embarked on the CDFW habitat analysis for each site, with seven sites evaluated so far.  The August upper watershed is looking good, but the Valley area of groundwater overdraft is dry. Let's hope it re-connects in time for the salmon run!

Paul and Marcus ensure dissolved oxygen titration is accurate at E-16

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Main stem looking much better than last year

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Bovine Water Quality Challenges at Pi Pi

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Pat admires a pool at nearly 3' in August at Capps Crossing

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Ralph Cutter had some time to sit down and share some tips, secrets and thoughts on the Truckee River, fishing with crayfish and women's clothing.

In this episode I get to sit down with Ralph Cutter, www.flyline.com. Who I believe is one of the true icons of fly fishing in the Sierra Nevada and the Truckee River. It has been described by many that Ralph has forgotten more about trout behavior and fly fishing then many of us will ever know.

Ralph shared with me his experiences snorkeling with trout, observing their natural behavior and how they respond to a casted fly. Some of this information will surprise you, it certainly surprised me.

We went on to discuss the suggestive versus imitative fly patterns and in his opinion what really matters and when.

See the Full Text and Hear the Podcast

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In 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.

Historically, the Pajaro was one of the most productive steelhead streams in this region. Old-timers in Watsonville and other local communities recall chromers stacked like cordwood in the holding water as they came in after winter storms blew open the sandbars at the river mouths.

But water diversions, widespread habitat loss and degradation, and drought reduced this river’s once robust run of wild steelhead to a shadow of its former self.

Local fish advocates, led by the indefatigable Herman Garcia and his group Coastal Habitat Education and Environmental Restoration (CHEER), sprang into action. By 2006, Garcia and CHEER already had been working for a decade to keep the Pajaro’s dwindling steelhead run alive, through fish rescues and work with landowners to restore aquatic and riparian habitat. Read the Full Story

Kamchatka
Yeti Presents: Kamchatka Steelhead Project is a film from Felt Soul Media and Yeti Coolers about what happens when you enlist fly-fishermen to help on a scientific quest to study and preserve one of the world's last great steelhead populations. As Grayson Schaffer reported in the August Issue of Outside, the Kamchatka Steelhead Project is a U.S.-Russia partnership that monitors the steelhead population through catch and release fishing, and over its lifetime has produced an incredible body of research on the fish in their native habitat. Watch to get a sense of why the area and the fish are so special, and worth saving. View the Film

FloatingOn 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.

The abundant Cold-water springs of the Shasta Region are vital to California's water supply but they remain poorly understood and unprotected.

As snow and rain fall on the slopes of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen and the other peaks of the southern Cascades, this precipitation eventually seeps through the surface and enters a vast network of aquifers that represents one of the most important sources of fresh water in California. The abundant source of cold water rises continuously and insistently to the surface in numerous springs throughout the area contributing large volumes of water to the rivers that flow into the Shasta and Almanor reservoirs.

On average the total discharge from the area's springs flows at 3000 cubic feet per second and contributes nearly 700 billion gallons annually to Shasta Reservoir. The water contributes about 20% of the summertime flow of the lower Sacramento River.

Read the full article from California Trout Current.

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 Heenan Lake contains a fish population of a federally listed threatened trout species, the Lahontan cutthroat trout (CT-L). Heenan Lake provides an important brood stock source of CT-L used in many waters throughout the State of California for the California Department of Fish and Game (Department) hatchery system. Heenan Lake is a California Fish and Game Commission designated wild trout (1983) and heritage trout (1999) water, and provides an important sport fishery for anglers from throughout

the western United States.

Our El Dorado Chapter is planning a fishing outing in September or October. Heenan is only open for fishing on Friday Saturday and Sunday in September and October. The Wild Trout personnel have prepared a management plan for Heenan which explains the use of Heenan and indicates propagation process for the Lahonton Cutthroat. See the Management Plan

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After 15 years of operation, a youth fly fishing camp called Rivercourse, held annually in the heart of North Carolina’s mountains, continues to inspire 13- to 15-year olds to pick up a fly rod, and explore the natural world around them.

The camp itself is a four-day event organized by North Carolina’s Trout Unlimited, where instructors stress the concepts of conservation and resource stewardship, as much as they do fly fishing techniques.

“The objective of the camp is not to make fly fishermen,” 75-year old founder Bob Doubert said. “The objective of the camp is to help kids appreciate cold mountain streams and hopefully in the future they’ll work to protect them.”  Read the Full Article

 
Cosumnes Pi Pi John
 
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

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

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