At California Trout, we work to ensure resilient wild fish thrive in healthy waters for a better California. It's our belief that abundant wild fish indicate healthy waters and that healthy waters benefit all Californians. With more than sixty large-scale, "boots on-the-ground" conservation projects underway, in tandem with public policy efforts in Sacramento, our six regional offices work tirelessly to advance our cause through a three-pillared approach to conservation.

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PG&E’s License Expires for Eel River Dams

It’s the beginning of the end for the Eel River dams. On April 14, 2022, PG&E’s 50-year license for the Potter Valley Project dams expired and it will not be renewed. The company will soon begin the process of license surrender, decommissioning, and ultimately dam removal. This is an important first step in the long […]


Environmental, Fishing Groups Give Notice of Intent to Sue Pacific Gas and Electric to Minimize Harms to Salmon Until Eel River Dams Are Removed

Eureka, California – A coalition of environmental and fishing groups has notified Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) that its two obsolete dams on the Eel River are violating the federal Endangered Species Act by harming federally protected salmon and steelhead. The five groups – Friends of the Eel River, California Trout, Trout Unlimited, Pacific Coast […]


Klamath Dam Removal Process Enters Home Stretch

Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed removal of the lower four Klamath River dams. The public is now invited to comment on the DEIS which describes the impacts and benefits of the project.


Trout Clout: Take Action to Protect Southern California Steelhead

Help Protect Southern California Steelhead California Trout is currently leading the effort to have Southern California steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) listed as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. We need your help to make this happen: View and sign our petition now and read on to learn why your signature matters. Listing the species as […]


Update: Potter Valley Project on the Eel River

A statement prepared by Redgie Collins (CalTrout’s Legal and Policy Director) and Curtis Knight (CalTrout’s Executive Director) A New Path Forward for Potter Valley Project Restoring Eel and Russian Rivers for the benefit of people and wildlife. In response to a recent decision from federal regulators, California Trout sees a clear path towards the removal […]


Infrastructure Bill and Improvements to Fish Passage

On November 15, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a more than $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law before a bipartisan, celebratory crowd on the White House lawn. Sandra Jacobson, CalTrout’s South Coast and Sierra Director, and Chair of California’s Fish Passage Forum, took a detailed look at the […]


Holistic Approach to Water Management for Trinity River

A new water management program is being proposed for the Trinity River to help dwindling salmon populations. The Yurok Tribe helped develop the plan through its participation in the Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP), which is comprised of tribal, state, and federal agencies, and then submitted it to the Bureau of Reclamation for approval where […]


A Victory for Clean Water

We are thrilled to announce that we experienced a major litigation victory on the evening of Thursday, October 21, 2021. The District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in our (fishing and recreation advocates) favor and vacated a Trump-era 401 rule. This rule will no longer be in effect while the EPA goes […]


Major Milestone Met to Protect Mono Basin Ecosystem

A major milestone in the effort to protect the Mono Basin ecosystem was reached last week. On October 1, 2021, the California State Water Board approved a comprehensive program to restore four key tributaries to Mono Lake, located in the Eastern Sierra near Yosemite. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will implement […]


Federal Act Introduced to Invest in Dam Safety and Removal

We are excited to share that the Twenty-First Century Dams Act was introduced this month on July 15, 2021. This bill would invest $21.1 billion to enhance the safety, grid resilience benefits, and power generating capacity of America’s dams and provide historic funding to remove dams that are no longer necessary. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), […]