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Russian River coho and steelhead conservation update

The Russian River watershed, north of San Francisco, is the focus of an intensive, multi-year effort to recover coho salmon – now one of the rarest native fish species in California. TU is playing a lead role in this effort through the Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership. The focus of the Partnership is boosting dry season streamflows in critical tributary habitats.

Here are a few recent highlights from the Partnership’s work:

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center poster on coho restoration in Dutch Bill Creek.
  • The California Wildlife Conservation Board’s Streamflow Enhancement Program (Proposition 1) awarded TU — and our partners — more than $1.5 million for a number of Russian River projects, including a fire recovery and streamflow enhancement project on Mark West Creek and work on other important coho tributaries (Pena, Green Valley, and Dutch Bill creeks).
TU’s Mary Ann King and Jennelle Martell, Westminster Woods tanks project, Dutch Bill Creek.

Trout Unlimited is a founding member of the Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership. We salute the many projects our partners have completed that have helped raise awareness in the watershed and beyond about the importance of dry season flows for salmonids and the ways in which local property owners can contribute to this goal.

By Sam Davidson. Sam Davidson hired on at Trout Unlimited in 2003, and has served as communications director for TU’s Western Water Project, field director for TU’s public…