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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Redgie Collins
415-748-8755
rcollins@caltrout.org

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Dams Out: Klamath Dams

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1/24/2023

Introducing CalTrout’s Lost Coast Project Manager & Update on Eel River Dams

CalTrout is pleased to introduce Charlie Schneider in the newly established role of Lost Coast Project Manager. With Charlie’s conservation non-profit background and expertise on fish and natural resource issues in California, he is well suited for this position which entails building CalTrout’s work capacity between the Russian and Eel river watersheds, continuing CalTrout’s efforts […]

11/17/2022

Last Major Hurdle Cleared for Klamath Dams Removal

Today, an important step was made towards implementing what will soon be the largest U.S. river restoration project in history – removal of the lower four Klamath River dams. The final License Surrender Order for the Lower Klamath River Hydroelectric Project has been issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. With this last major hurdle […]

10/28/2022

Action Alert: Battle Creek Dams

There’s progress happening in Battle Creek. PG&E, owner of the Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project, has filed a request with FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to amend their license to move forward with a new phase of dam removal and river restoration. We are in support of dam removal on Battle Creek and need your […]

9/30/2022

Conserving 30% of CA Land by 2030 using Outstanding Waters Designation

California Trout is looking for unique ways to help California meet its commitment to preserve 30% of the state’s lands and waters by 2030, and now there is a promising yet underutilized tool that our organization is leading the way on developing─ the Outstanding Natural Resource Waters designation. Let’s hear from Redgie Collins, CalTrout’s Legal […]

8/26/2022

Major Milestone Met for Klamath Dams Removal

Environmental Review Confirms the Benefits of Dam Removal Today marks a major step towards the removal of the lower four Klamath dams. On August 26, 2022, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Klamath River Renewal project. California Trout is very pleased to report that FERC staff […]

8/17/2022

Fire and Debris Slide Lead to Fish Kills on Klamath River

Debris landslides from the McKinney fire, triggered by thunderstorms and flash floods earlier this August, led to a prominent fish kill on the Klamath River, first reported by the Karuk Tribe. The debris flow into the river led to extremely low oxygen concentration (see graph below), plummeting to zero two nights in a row, according […]

7/14/2022

New Actions for Recovery of Endangered Winter-Run Chinook Salmon

For the first time since the construction of the Shasta Dam in the 1940s, endangered winter-run Chinook salmon have returned to the McCloud River upstream of Shasta Reservoir by way of egg release from a cohort of partners─ the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

7/13/2022

Press Release: CalTrout & TU Statement on PG&E’s Potter Valley Project

Fish Conservation Groups Criticize PG&E’s Refusal to Protect Listed Salmon and Steelhead in the Eel River. Utility’s new filings set schedule for decommissioning the Potter Valley Project but refuse to make changes to project’s operations to protect fish in the meantime

5/24/2022

Measuring Success of Battle Creek Restoration

CalTrout’s restoration project site in Eagle Canyon on Battle Creek recently received a visit and inspection by our Mt. Shasta-Klamath Region Director, Damon Goodman. Last year, we completed construction at this site to remove a rock barrier in the canyon that had been blocking fish passage. As a result, more than 8 miles of anadromous habitat became available for endangered winter-run Chinook salmon, with the first cohort this spring traveling from the ocean high into source waters along North Fork Battle Creek, the same reach of creek that was just restored.

4/28/2022

Trout Clout: Victory for Protections of Southern Steelhead

California ESA Listing of Southern California Steelhead Advances The science and data are clear. Southern California steelhead are on the brink of extinction. Southern steelhead populations have been decimated at the southern end of their native range, plummeting from tens of thousands to a few hundred remaining adults due to habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation […]