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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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.


Dam Removal on the Eel is Closer Than Ever

Water Users Support Restoring Eel River to Free-Flowing State New proposal by Sonoma and Mendocino County water agencies, Round Valley Indian Tribes calls for dam removal and a new water diversion facility Dam removal on the Eel River is closer than ever after county water agencies and a tribal government announced a last-minute conceptual plan […]


Copco 2 Deconstruction Begins on Klamath River

We are thrilled to hear that deconstruction for removal of Copco 2, the first of four lower dams slated to be removed on the Klamath River, is underway! Update from the Klamath River Renewal Corp: The deconstruction of Copco No. 2, the smallest of the four hydroelectric dams being removed from the Klamath River, is […]


Scott River Restoration Project Brings Together CalTrout, Yurok Tribe, & Farmer’s Ditch Company

Last week, CalTrout, the Yurok Tribe, and Farmer’s Ditch Company (FDC) gathered in the Scott River Valley to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaborative work that envisions a future where salmon populations and family farms both flourish. The MOU formalizes our organizations’ partnerships and reinforces CalTrout’s commitment to landscape level solutions for all […]


Collaborative Efforts to Restore the Eel River Estuary

Written by Will Ware, CalTrout Bay Area Project Coordinator Winding across northern California, the Wild and Scenic (and endangered!) Eel River drains the state’s third largest watershed as it emerges from its headwaters in the Coast Range, snakes through steep canyons and old growth redwoods, and joins the Pacific Ocean south of Humboldt Bay. California […]


First Klamath River Dam to be Removed by End of Summer

We are thrilled to share that (de-)construction for removal of the Klamath River dams is well underway. Copco 2, the first of four lower dams slated to be removed, will be removed by the end of September, according to Mark Bransom, CEO of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation. How will Copco 2 be removed?  In […]


CalTrout and Partners Sue PG&E over Harms to Eel River Salmon and Steelhead

A coalition of five commercial fishing and conservation groups, including California Trout, have filed suit in federal court charging that Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Potter Valley Hydroelectric Project on the Eel River is illegally harming salmon and steelhead listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.