Conservation News

Trout Unlimited Response to Zinke Report

On Sunday the nation finally got a look at Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke's report to the president on the future of our country's National Monuments. The purpose of this review -aso advise the Trump administration on whether certain National Monuments should be downsized, eliminated, or otherwise modified.
The report recommends that six National Monuments, including Cascade Siskiyou NM on the CA-OR border, a sanctuary for Redband trout in Jenny Creek, be reduced in size, and that the management plans for four others should be amended.
Yesterday, TU and many other conservation groups released statements on the "deliberative draft" reporthere is TU's:leaked documents. TU representatives also have been quoted in media reports on the issue: (media reports).
National Monuments are great for hunting and fishing, and TU believes that designation of deserving lands and resources as National Monuments has been an important conservation tool for more than a century, In recent years, TU supported the creation or expansion of several monuments in California and Oregon, including Berryessa Snow Mountain, Sand to Snow, San Gabriel Mountains, and Cascade Siskiyou.
Now, TU is working hard on the post-review phase of advocacy for the Monument Review process. We need your help to carry the local voice of sportsmen and women who support protecting these incredible places.

TU asks for three things:
Share the information in this memo with contacts or partners via email and social media.
2. Follow TU's efforts to defend our national monuments with regular visits to our website and our social media feeds, and share posts with followers.
3. Let me know if you or any of your contacts have relationships with members of Congress, or media contacts in Northern California outlets.

Thanks for all you are doing to conserve, protect and restore our trout and salmon and their watersheds. Together we are making a real difference to secure access to great fishing and hunting for this and future generations.

Sam Sedillo / Sierra-Cascades Field Coordinator - 408-718-9897
Trout Unlimited
10356 Donner Pass Rd STE B, Truckee, CA 96161

Alameda Creek Alliance 20 Year Anniversary Dinner - October 8

The Alameda Creek Alliance is an organization that we support, so please consider getting tickets to their upcoming fund raiser.

LTickets are still available for our upcoming dinner. Help the Alameda Creek Alliance celebrate two decades of working to protect and restore Alameda Creek. Join us on Sunday, October 8, from 5:30-8:30 pm, for dinner, wine, speakers and live music at the scenic Chouinard Winery in Palomares Canyon. Dinner by Renowned Catering by Gilda. Chouinard wines will be for sale by the glass or bottle. Live music by Niles troubadour Michael McNevin.
There will be a presentation by Brenda Buxton of the California Coastal Conservancy on the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project and upcoming plans to connect lower Alameda Creek to restored tidal marshes to help grow steelhead trout in our watershed. Alameda Creek Alliance Director Jeff Miller will provide a reflection on what we have accomplished in two decades of working to restore Alameda Creek.
Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person. You can safely and securely buy tickets through PayPal at here (be sure to pick your desired number of tickets). Or mail a check to the ACA at PO Box 2626, Niles, CA 94536.
The latest word is that Palomares Road will be reopened by September 23, so there should be no issue getting to the winery from Niles Canyon.

SF Will Revisit Alameda Creek Recapture Project Impacts on Steelhead

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors last week upheld an appeal of the environmental review for the SFPUC's Alameda Creek Recapture Project. The Supervisors unanimously voted to reopen the Environmental Impact Report to address operational impacts of the project on streamflow and steelhead trout. The Supervisors directed the SFPUC and the SF Planning Commission to work with state and federal fish agencies and watershed stakeholders on additional analysis of the relationship between ground water and surface water in the Sunol Valley, to determine whether the recapture project has impacts on stream flows in Alameda Creek downstream of the project which could impede steelhead migration. The evaluation will also be peer reviewed by independent scientists.

Caltrans Work In Niles Canyon

Caltrans has begun exploratory geotechnical drilling this month near the Alameda Creek Bridge in the middle of Niles Canyon. Caltrans is doing some tree trimming to access several locations in and around Alameda Creek for the drills. Caltrans has identified 21 individual trees (13 coast live oak, 5 western sycamores, 2 red willows, and 1 CA buckeye) that have the potential to be pruned to allow for access to the drilling locations. The drill rig will require some areas of temporarily ground disturbance where vegetation will be covered in heavy fabric and covered with temporary road-base gravel. The base fabric ensures efficient and thorough removal of the gravel when work is completed. All work off pavement will cease prior to November 30, and all work near the creek will cease prior to October 15. Those dates are specified by the environmental compliance permits for the drilling.
Caltrans also has an emergency project to install rock capture/deflection fence material on the upslope hill along Niles Canyon, about a mile or so to the west of the bridge. That is a separate project that is already underway.

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