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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Decommissioning and removal › Videos   3/2/2022

Battle Creek Dams — California Trout Top 5 Dams Out

Decommissioning and removal › Videos   1/1/2019

Dams Out: Klamath Dams

Decommissioning and removal › Videos   5/14/2020

Potter Valley Project – Chance of Lifetime

Videos   1/1/2009

Wild and Scenic Mokelumne River


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Eel River Dams Headed for Removal, Water Users Support Dam-Free Diversion

In 2023, PG&E announced its plans to remove both Scott and Cape Horn dams on the Eel River as part of its license surrender and decommissioning of the Potter Valley Project. CalTrout has long advocated for removing both dams to improve salmon and steelhead populations in the Eel River by reconnecting the cold, perennial streams […]


Wild Klamath River Fish Unaffected by Hatchery Fish Mortality Event, Karuk Tribe Reports

P R E S S  R E L E A S E Karuk Tribe For Immediate Release:    Wednesday March 6, 2023 For more information:  Craig Tucker, Natural Resources Policy Consultant, Karuk Tribe,, 916.207.8294 WILD KLAMATH SALMON HEALTHY AFTER RESERVOIR DRAWDOWN Wild Fish unaffected by Hatchery Fish Mortality Event Happy Camp, California – The Karuk Tribe […]


Klamath River Begins to Find its Way Home

Written by Michael Wier, CalTrout Field Reporter & Videographer   The Klamath River is in the middle of a vast transformation. Right now, it is finding its way back to its original river channel after being disrupted by a series of dams for decades. By the fall of 2024, all four dams on the mainstem […]


CalTrout and Partners Support Governor Newsom’s California Salmon Strategy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2024 Contact: Charlie Schneider – – 707.217.0409 Matt Clifford – – 406.370.9431 Monty Schmitt- – 510-325-3594   The California Salmon and Steelhead Coalition, consisting of CalTrout and our partners Trout Unlimited and the Nature Conservancy, supports Governor Newsom’s Salmon Strategy for a Hotter and Drier Future.   […]


As Klamath Dams Come Out, Restoration Project Develops on Important Klamath Tributary

The Klamath River has historically been the birthplace of many of California’s salmon, but, severed by dams, it is disrupted and disconnected, and salmon and other watershed residents have suffered from the impacts. Today the watershed is playing host to the largest river restoration project in the world. By the end of 2024, all four […]


Reservoir Drawdown Begins for Klamath River Dam Removal

The next big step in Klamath River dam removal is here: reservoir drawdown. On January 11, 2024, initiated the drawdown process by opening the low-level outlet tunnel in the Iron Gate Dam. This is an exciting milestone towards dam removal, and we are thrilled to share the news with you! Update from the Klamath River […]


Action Alert: Tell PG&E To Urgently Remove Eel River Dams

On November 17, 2023, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released the initial draft of its plan to remove two dams on the Eel River. The plan calls for the complete and expeditious removal of most of the Potter Valley Project facilities, and it provides a number of options for consideration by stakeholders for how the […]


PG&E Confirms Plan to Begin Full Removal of Eel River Dams

All in-river facilities to be removed; Eel will be the longest free-flowing river in California On November 17, 2023, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released the initial draft (click the documents tab and enter password: PV_Surrender to download) of its plan to remove two dams on the Eel River. The plan calls for the […]


CalTrout Successfully Defends Petition to Protect Southern Steelhead in Court

California Trout is leading the effort to list Southern California steelhead as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). On October 25, 2023, we successfully defended this listing in California Superior Court in Los Angeles. This victory brings us one step closer to providing these fish the protections they deserve. Southern steelhead are important indicators of healthy watersheds and well-functioning river ecosystems, […]


EPA Weakens Protections for Wetlands and Streams

This week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency released new rules for the regulation of many of the wetlands, streams and seasonal creeks throughout the United States in order to ensure conformity with a recent US Supreme Court decision on the Clean Water Act.