Saturday, March 9, 2019

Fishing and River Groups Analyze Voluntary Agreements

Several fishing and river groups, including the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, the Tuolumne River Trust and Friends of the Rivers,  released an analysis critical of the outline of Voluntary Agreements submitted to the State Water Board as a proposed alternative to the Board’s regulatory update of the Bay-Delta Plan.  The analysis describes foundational problems with the agreements as proposed by the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) and others on December 12, 2018 and March 1, 2019.

Lower Tuolumne River
Entitled “Smoke and Mirrors,” the analysis criticizes the as yet incomplete Voluntary Agreements as outlined to date because they:
  1. Double-count habitat restoration projects that are already required or planned using existing funds, and that would occur without such an agreement;
  2. Fail to provide sufficient flow increases to protect and restore the Bay-Delta estuary, its native fish and wildlife, and the thousands of jobs that depend on it;
  3. Fail to include any restrictions on Delta pumping and other operations of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP); such restrictions are necessary to prevent the water projects from diverting any additional flow provided from upstream farms and cities and to prevent the Trump Administration from gutting Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the Bay-Delta;
  4. Fail to include carryover storage requirements in upstream reservoirs to ensure water supplies for future droughts and adequate water temperatures for salmon;
  5. Fail to use the transparent approach of flow standards based on a percentage of unimpaired flows, and instead use the failed approach of State Water Board Decision 1641;
  6. Fail to ensure that Bay-Delta standards will be enforced and will respond to new scientific information; and
  7. Fail to include investments in water supply reliability and economic development projects that will help cities and farms adapt to a future with less water diverted from the Bay-Delta.
The analysis of the Voluntary Agreements is available here.
The webpage for the March 1 CNRA submittal to the State Water Board is here.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Winter Edition of The Osprey-International Journal of Salmon & Steelhead Conservation Available

The winter edition of “The Osprey: the International Journal of Salmon and Steelhead Conservation.” is now available at this link:

This issue contains in-depth articles examining how British Columbia has “managed” Thompson River wild steelhead to near extinction, exploring how our changing climate is impacting steelhead on the Skagit, and how hatchery steelhead are replacing native redband trout on Deschutes tributaries. 

The Osprey is a joint publication of not-for-profit organizations concerned with the conservation and sustainable management of wild Pacific salmon and steelhead and their habitat throughout their native and introduced ranges. This partnership includes The Conservation Angler, Fly Fishers International, Steelhead Society of British Columbia, Skeena Wild, World Salmon Forum, Trout Unlimited and Wild Steelhead Coalition. The Osprey is published three times a year in January, May and September.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Golden Gate Trout Unlimited Talk: Lower Yuba Through the Seasons

The Golden Gate Chapter of Trout Unlimited Presentation:
The Lower Yuba Through the Seasons

On Tuesday, February 26, Clay Hash of Fly Fishing Traditions will give a presentation covering fly fishing tactics associated with the five seasons of the Yuba River.  Clay has been fishing the Lower Yuba for over 35 years and Fly Fishing Traditions is an educational guide service focusing on improving the skills of every angler.
The five seasons are (1) the Fall, (2) the Winter (3) Early Spring (4) late Spring & Early Summer and (Summer).  He will cover the insect hatches for each of the seasons as well as providing information on fishing techniques and fly patterns to match the hatch. This information is applicable for most Northern California rivers and streams. A handout will be provided listing the information covered in the presentation.

Location: Room 100 Town Center Mall  in Corte Madera (between UPS and Veggie Grill)

Time:  7:00-9:00 pm

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Spring-Run Chinook Salmon to be Released in San Joaquin Restoration

Spring-Run Chinook Salmon Juveniles Scheduled for Release in San Joaquin River Restoration

Between January 23rd and March 24th, approximately 225,000 brood year (BY) 2018 spring-run Chinook salmon juveniles will be released to the San Joaquin River as part of the reintroduction strategy for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP). These BY 2018 juveniles will be released in groups ranging in size from 30,000 to 100,000. The work will be done by California Fish and Wildlife.

Each fish is adipose fin-clipped and fitted with a coded-wire tag to identify them as originating from the San Joaquin River. Each release group will have a unique tag code. The fish will be transported to the release site in a flatbed-mounted tank and tempered to river water temperatures onsite. The releases will occur in the evening to reduce the risk of predation and to take advantage of lower in-river temperatures that will reduce tempering time.

For more information, visit the SJRRP Website at