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TUCA Chapter Reorganization

NOTICE: Trout Unlimited of California (TUCA) State Council is reorganizing its volunteer chapters' boundaries so that every square foot is represented in one of eleven chapters across the state. If you are one of the 10,300 TU members in CA, you will soon get a mailer piece in your mailbox detailing how to touch base with your local chapter. This is where the action is, folks; local conservation-minded volunteer anglers working with other groups and our professional CA staff, to address issues in their home waters and favorite fishing spots. We really need your help. Please visit your local chapter at a meeting or event to find how you can contribute. Chapter info will be on this mailer. If you are not a member and are interested in protecting coldwater fisheries for the next generation, please do a quick search for your chapter or, email We will direct you to the nearest chapter. California is a huge, diverse state; coastal and inland, over a dozen salmonoid species and not all watersheds are well represented. We are addressing that, too, with new chapter or subgroups starting up all the time.Come join us, bring a friend and/or family and decide what TU can do for you. Thanks for reading and your time. --Drew Irby, TUCA Chair

2013-2014 TUCA Staff Quarterly Update

This report is a quarterly summary of Trout Unlimited’s program (staff) work in California. Please contact Sam Davidson, Communications Director, with corrections or questions (

Water Policy (Brian Johnson, CA State Director and Chandra Ferrari, CA Water Policy Director)

TU Opposes Bill to Repeal San Joaquin River Settlement

Trout Unlimited joined the State of California and many others to oppose a new bill in the House of Representatives that would repeal the San Joaquin River Settlement and preempt state water quality and water rights laws protecting fish and wildlife.

Job Opening: California Water Policy Director

TU seeks an experienced, passionate leader for its water policy program. The California Water Policy Director will have outstanding analytic and communication skills, a background in water rights, stream flow protection, and/or hydropower reform, and a strong record of accomplishment.

TU Comments on Klamath Dam Removal EIS/EIR

On September 15, 2011, the U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) and the California Department of Fish Game (CDFG) (collectively, the Agencies), with input from the State of Oregon, jointly released the Klamath Facilities Removal Impact Statement / Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR), analyzing the potential impacts to the environment from removing four PacifiCorp Dams located on the Klamath River in California and Oregon. In response to this document, Trout Unlimited offers the following comments.

Restoring Floodplains to Enhance Salmon Habitat

By Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 26, 2011

Five acres of mud and rice stubble doesn't look much like fish habitat, but the rectangular patch of summertime cropland is in the process of being converted to a teeming marsh filled with young salmon. The conversion to wetland of the rice paddy at Knaggs Ranch, north of Woodland next to the Yolo Bypass, is an experiment that conservationists hope will eventually lead to the restoration of ancient floodplains all along the Sacramento and San Joaquin River corridors.

New Willow Creek Bridge Good News for Coho and Steelhead

JENNER — The clearing of the waterway under Willow Creek Road and construction of the new bridge that spans it means coho and steelhead could return to this area of Sonoma Coast State Park near Jenner, which was once teeming with salmon.

Field & Stream Best Wild Places: Part Two, Meiss Meadows

This past fall, TU staff members Dave Lass and Dave Stalling ventured into the Meiss Meadows and Caples Creek area to produce a three-part series for Field & Stream's "Last Wild Places" series. By following the link below, you can read part two. Please take time to comment and help generate interest in protecting these special, wild places!

Field & Stream Best Wild Places: Part One, Meiss Meadows

This past fall, TU staff members Dave Lass and Dave Stalling ventured into the Meiss Meadows and Caples Creek area to produce a three-part series for Field & Stream's "Last Wild Places" series. By following the link below, you can read part one. Please take time to comment and help generate interest in protecting these special, wild places!

An Angler’s Perspective: McCarthy Bill Threatens Fishing, Hunting Opportunities

This OpEd, by TU's California Field Director Sam Davidson, was published in the Vacaville Reporter, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 -- As a life-long outdoorsman, I’ve been following with great concern a bill authored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy that would reduce protections for some of our best public lands hunting and fishing grounds.  This bill would affect 4.2 million acres of lands and waters in California presently managed as “roadless areas.”

New Willow Creek Bridge Helps Coho Migration, Prevents Road Flooding

(Jenner, CA) -- On Friday, December 16 at 11:30 a.m., Ruth Coleman, the director of California State Parks, Charlton H. Bonham, the director of California Department of Fish and Game, along with officials from the NOAA Restoration Center and other organizations, will celebrate the construction of the Willow Creek 2nd Bridge (details below). The new bridge will open the watershed of Willow Creek to migrating coho salmon and steelhead, and eliminate the annual flooding that created problems for residents, State Parks and the popular Pomo Canyon Campground.

Coho Release Highlights 10-year Willow Creek Restoration

"Tuesday's release of 11,000 Coho into Willow Creek marked a new phase in what has been a major and time-consuming effort to restore the endangered fish to the waterway, which is the largest of the tributaries flowing into the Jenner estuary."

Blog supporting DoD assistance for San Clemente Dam Project

John Woodley, former Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, makes an unexpected pitch for Department of Defense (DoD) assistance for the San Clemente Dam Removal project -- despite strong interest from the California National Guard to do training in conjunction with the project.

Restoring Paiute Cutthroats: Let's "Get it Done!!"

On Nov. 7, the Wall Street Journal ran an article called, "Flys, and Their Lawyers, Keep Rare Trout From Going Home," (see link below) about efforts to restore Paiute cutthroats to their historical range on a portion of Silver King Creek in the Sierra Nevadas. Here is a response from former TU California State Council Chairman John Regan, who has been working on this project for more than 20 years:

Truckee River Day: Restoration at Little Truckee River and Sagehen Fish House

From the Sierra Sun, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011: TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Little Truckee River between Boca and Stampede Reservoirs supports a wide diversity of aquatic life, including a healthy trout population. However, habitat along this river reach could be improved.

Proposed Klamath Legislation Supports Rural Economies

Washington, DC –  A Klamath Economic Restoration Act introduced today in the US Senate by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and in the House by California Congressman Mike Thompson deserves prompt Congressional action, said a growing group of bi-partisan supporters.

Brian Johnson Named new TUCA Director

Brian Johnson, who for six years headed up the California Water Project for Trout Unlimited (TU), has been named the new Director of California TU. Johnson succeeds Chuck Bonham, who was recently appointed as the Director of the California Fish and Game Department.

Sportsmen Applaud Reinstatement of Roadless Rule
Trout Unlimited welcomed the decision handed down from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals today reinstating the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The ruling protects millions of acres of public backcountry lands from coast to coast.

A Thank You From the Grassroots
By now, it is widely known by fish conservation and general environmental groups that our TU CA Director, Chuck Bonham, has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as the new Director of CA Dept. of Fish & game (DFG) as of Aug. 19, 2011.

California Water Board Adopts New Frost Regulations
On September 20, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new “reasonable use” regulation to reduce impacts on salmon and steelhead of water diversions for purposes of frost protection of crops in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties.

TUCal's Sam Davidson testifies at Congressional public lands hearing
On Monday, Sept. 19, at the California state capitol in Sacramento, TU California Field Director Sam Davidson testified before the Congressional House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.
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Pit River Hydropower Relicensing
Several years ago, when the Pit River hydropower complex came up for relicensing, Trout Unlimited in California worked closely with California Trout to negotiate protections to benefit fish. Here is a good, recent update from California Trout: Read more...

North Bay Chapter to Host Striped Bass Expert Aug. 23:
Striped Bass fly fishing guru Dan Blanton, will be sharing some of hisfishing secrets at Rm. 201 in the Corte Madera Town Center at 7:00 p.m. onTuesday, Aug 23 with the North Bay Trout Unlimited Chapter and the Mt. TamFly Fishers Club.
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Sac-Sierra Chapter Volunteers Collect Tributary Data:
Volunteers from the Sac-Sierra Chapter of Trout Unlimited (SSTU) and the California Federation of Fly Fishers, worked roughly 175 hours performing Large Woody Debris and Pool Tail fine data collection in the Rain Tree Fuels project area.
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California TU Staff to give Presentation at TU Crisis Hearing:
Chuck Bonham, director and senior attorney for Trout Unlimited in California, and Brian Johnson, California water project director and staff attorney for Trout Unlimited in California, will both be presenting next week at a Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture Coho Salmon Informational Hearing,
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Bodie Hills Too Special To Mine:
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Viewpoint: Yuba River Plan Provides Valuable Lessons in Teamwork:
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Upper Truckee River gets Endorsement from County Fish and Game Commission:
In 1998, the U.S. Forest Service recommended protection of seven miles of the Upper Truckee River in the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System.
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TU Joins with Partners to Enhance Coho Habitat:
As part of the North Coast Coho Project, Trout Unlimited (TU) has teamed up with California State Parks and a private landowner to install large woody material along 2.1 miles of the South Fork Big River, in Mendocino County, to enhance habitat for endangered coho salmon.
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Meiss Meadows Annual College Trip:
This past Saturday, the Trout Unlimited Truckee Office lead 20 college students from across California into the backcountry of Lake Tahoe to fly fishing, and learn about native trout recovery.
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Floodplains Boost Salmon Growth and Survival:
Studies in California reveal how important active floodplains are for salmon productivity and growth,
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Join us at Casting Call:
Join Trout Unlimited California and California Trout in a celebration of California’s unique trout, steelhead and salmon.
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North Bay Chapter Works to Restore Coho to Devil’s Gulch:
Eighteen North Bay TU chapter volunteers recently descended upon Devil’s Gulch,
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Volunteer on the Truckee:
The Truckee River TU Chapter is working with Balance Hydrologics to gather streamside data for the first phase of a habitat improvement project,
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Wild Steelhead Festival
Feb.11, 12 & 13.
Trout Unlimited is proud to be once again the 'lead fish' in the 4th annual Wild Steelhead festival in Healdsburg, CA.
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AB 1189: Cal Trans required to re-address fish barriers.
The CA Council (TUCA) has signed on to an important pending state bill that would close loopholes in regards to CalTrans in its responsibilities on fish barriers on state and federal roads.
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Fish Stocking Moratorium Dec. 2008

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) was ordered by a federal court to cease stocking trout, steelhead and salmon in selected sites until a comprehensive Environmental Report (EIR) was complied and reviewed.
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Fish Crisis Report Nov. 2008
In a report sponsored by Cal Trout and others, Dr. Peter Moyle of UC Davis, one of the leading experts on CA trout and their watersheds, published a comprehensive report on the status of salmonoids in CA. All the facts show there is a definite slide in the health of our fish. 
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Modoc National Forest Feb. 4, 2009
The exceptional fish and game resources found in the Modoc National Forest are depending on sportsmen to stand up and demand that they be protected from the surplus of motorized routes that would further degrade water quality and fragment large game habitat. 
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