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Save California Salmon

Save California Salmon staff advisors and partners at State Board hearingon flows for salmon. Photo by Regina Chichizola

Over the last year Save California Salmon (SCS) has joined the Cereus Fund to push for dam removal and flow restoration on the Klamath, Trinity, and Eel Rivers, and to fight off the attacks on our rivers from the Trump administration. We have generated over 10,000 public comments,hosted two rallies, and supported attendance for five public hearings to support dam removal, agricultural pollution regulation, and flows for fish.

SCS believes in working with our water and sh dependent communities to protect our rivers. North Coast rivers have the best opportunities for restoration and climate adaptation inCalifornia. If salmon are to survive we need to protect and restore our rivers. This is why we work closely with tribal people and fishermen on the policy issues that impact North Coast rivers. SCS supports clean water and restored, harvestable, fisheries. This is why we are hiring a North Coast Tribal Water Organizer. If you’re interested in applying go to www.californiasalmon.org/ employment.

There are many opportunities to restore our rivers and bring our salmon home. Currently, seven dams on the Klamath and Eel Rivers are up for relicensing. These dams provide very little power, but block hundreds of miles of habitat. Oregon and California and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are processing applications to remove,rather than relicensing the KlamathDams thanks to a successful 14 year campaign for removal. e Eel River dams are also up for relicensing and may come out. Public scoping on theEel River occurred last year and there are upcoming comment periods on bothFERC processes.

Morning Star Gali, Save California Tribal Water Organizer and Pit River Tribal Member speaks at the capital during a press conference on attacks to California water from the Trump administration. Photo Dan Bacher

The state of California is also considering restoring flows on some North Coast Rivers through the California Water Action Plan. The South Fork Eel River and Shasta River on the Klamath have been identified as flow impaired rivers that will undergo this process. SCS is pushing for the South Fork Trinity and Scott Rivers to also be included. The state is also working to establish tribal beneficial uses under the Clean Water Act and flow standards on the North Coast.

California Salmon on Facebook andchange.org or to Californiasalmon.org for more information.

Engineer Tony Llanos (Mike Love and Associates consulting rm) leading a sh passage eld tour as part of the 21st Annual Coho Confab. Photo by Laura Bridy

 

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