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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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.


Eel River Named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2023

The Eel River was named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2023 by American Rivers. Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to prioritize the removal of two dams on the river that are preventing recovery of critically endangered salmon now! ACT NOW Restoring fish passage in the Eel River watershed will… Facilitate salmon recovery […]


Klamath Dam Removal: It’s Happening

On March 10, 2023, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation officially broke ground on removal activities for the Klamath River dams. Removal of the four Klamath River dams will be the largest dam removal project in the history of the United States and the largest salmon restoration project ever. It will also begin to restore justice […]


New Study Shows Eel River Dam Removal Would Benefit Local Economy

A new report details the beneficial local economic impacts that would be generated by the removal of Scott and Cape Horn Dams, two aging dams on the Eel River that are part of the hydroelectric Potter Valley Project. The report estimates dam removal would create between 1,037 and 1,332 local jobs and would boost the regional economy to the tune of $203 million to $278 million. In addition to boosting the local economy, dam removal is crucial for healthy fish populations, clean water, and Tribal cultural practices.


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]