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Restoration of steelhead trout
Restoration of steelhead trout will not only preserve this species for future generations, it will also focus people and policy toward rehabilitating California's coastal streams. A viable steelhead population is an indicator of the ecological health of a watershed, providing an easily understood metric for assessing the impact of human activities.
In 2001 CEMAR convened the Bay Area stream restoration community for a
on the status of steelhead populations and restoration efforts. Realizing that a lack of authoritative information on steelhead distribution was limiting the restoration processes, CEMAR has published the most authoritative and accessible information ever collected about steelhead in the
San Francisco Bay Area,
between the Golden Gate and the Mexican border,
and the enormous
Eel River watershed.
More recent work has analyzed rearing habitat and inventoried restoration needs and programs to establish
priorities for restoration funding.
CEMAR has also developed support for and carried out essential projects that advance restoration. We expect our conceptual designs for
fish passage barrier modifications around the Bay
will be implemented over the course of the next several years, vastly improving access to habitat. Other projects have allowed for
efficient fish rescues,
establishing steelhead monitoring programs, and
rehabilitation of large-scale stream reaches.
Our program has also been informed by our long-term facilitation of restoration activities on
By working in a collaborative and comprehensive fashion, CEMAR's steelhead restoration program is addressing key problems limiting restoration so that this magnificent species can thrive throughout its historical range.