[env-trinity] AP 3 10 09 Steelhead Get Help from CalTrout
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Tue Mar 10 13:52:17 PDT 2009
Steelhead trout getting migration help
Associated Press - 3/10/09
SATICOY, Calif. -- The United Water Conservation District is changing the
flow from a Ventura County diversion dam to give migrating steelhead trout a
better chance at getting upstream.
The 30-foot Vern Freeman Diversion dam in Saticoy prevented the few hundred
remaining steelhead from migrating up the Ventura River to spawn. An
ineffective fish ladder was installed in 1991.
The National Marine Fisheries Service ruled last year that the dam
jeopardized the federally protected fish and CalTrout environmentalists sued
to force United Water to comply with agency recommendations, including
stream flow changes and a new fish passage.
United Water agreed to the recommended water-flow changes and CalTrout
agreed Monday to withdraw its lawsuit during the migration season ending May
Byron Leydecker, JcT
Chair, Friends of Trinity River
PO Box 2327
Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327
415 383 4810 land
415 519 4810 cell
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