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==Background==
 
==Background==
  
The Carmel River Steelhead Association(CRSA) is a non-profit, volunteer and conservation group dedicated to the restoration of the Carmel River and its native [[Steelhead]] Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).<ref name="CRSA FB"> [https://www.facebook.com/pg/Carmel-River-Steelhead-Association-296336120320/about/?ref=page_internal Carmel River Steelhead Association Social Media Account - Facebook]</ref>
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The Carmel River Steelhead Association (CRSA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with volunteers and conservationists dedicated to the restoration of the Carmel River and its native [[Steelhead]] Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).<ref name="CRSA FB"> [https://www.facebook.com/pg/Carmel-River-Steelhead-Association-296336120320/about/?ref=page_internal Carmel River Steelhead Association Social Media Account - Facebook]</ref> They were founded in 1974 by local environmental leaders Robert Hughett and Ray Wermuth and received their 501(c)(3) credentials in 1988.<ref name= "history"/> The mission of CRSA is to emphasize the "restoration and conservation of the South-Central Coastal district Segment of California [[Steelhead]] Trout" primarily in the Carmel River watershed. <ref name = "history"> [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/about/ CRSA Website - About] </ref> They are the only organization working on the Carmel River whose focus is only on [[Steelhead]] trout. <ref name = "history"/> CRSA has four officers and a ten person board of directors.
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====Carmel River Steelhead Association Officers====
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* Brian LeNeve, President
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* Frank Emerson, Vice President
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* Ray Bergara, Treasurer
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* Hallie Heath, Secretary
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====Carmel River Steelhead Association Board of Directors====
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* Carla Moss
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* Sam Davidson
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* John Schweisinger
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* Koney Eng
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* Robert Stoddard
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* Tom Pelikan
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* Jaime Eltit
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* James Jeffery III
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* Luke Coletti
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* Roy Thomas
  
 
==Projects==
 
==Projects==
  
'''Fish Rescues'''
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The projects taken on by the Carmel River Steelhead Association include Fish Rescues, Habitat Improvements, and Water Advocacy.<ref name="Projects"> [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/projects/ Carmel River Steelhead Association - Project Overviews]</ref>
  
Every year, CRSA members & volunteers go out and search the areas known to go dry and strand fish for steelhead trout. They relocate these fish to the mainstem [[Carmel River]] that will not go dry. <ref name="Fish Rescues"> http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/about-steelhead/fishrescues/</ref>
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====Fish Rescues====
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CRSA and the [[Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD)]] collaborated on [[Steelhead]] trout rescues in the [[Carmel River]] from 1989 to 1996. Beginning in 1997, CRSA began keeping rescue records separate from MPWMD. <ref name = "combined rescue"> [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/about-steelhead/fishrescues/combined-rescues-1989-present/ CRSA and MPWMD Fish Rescues] </ref> Every year, CRSA members & volunteers go out and search the areas known to go dry and strand fish for [[Steelhead]] trout. CRSA members and volunteers must utilize a permit acquired from the [[National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)]] that allows a certain number of [[Steelhead]] to be taken from the [[Carmel River]] <ref name = "permit">. [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/about/why-the-effort-to-save-steelhead/ CRSA Permit Information]</ref>They relocate these fish to the mainstem [[Carmel River]] that will not go dry. <ref name="Fish Rescues"> [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/about-steelhead/fishrescues/ Carmel River Steelhead Association - Fish Rescues]</ref>
  
In addition, they provide fish rescue results by year on their website.  <ref name="Fish Rescues"> http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/about-steelhead/fishrescues/</ref>
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In addition, they provide fish rescue results by year on their website.  <ref name="Fish Rescues"> [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/about-steelhead/fishrescues/ Carmel River Steelhead Association - Fish Rescues]</ref>
  
'''Habitat Improvements'''
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====Habitat Improvements====
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The focus of these habitat improvement projects are to provide favorable habitat for [[Steelhead]] to survive and thrive. <ref name= "habitat improvment">. [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/habitat-improvement/ CRSA Habitat Improvement] </ref> In 1997, the American Rivers listed the Carmel one of many endangered rivers in the US. In collaboration with agencies such as [[California Department of Fish and Wildlife]] and [[California American Water Company (CalAm)]], CRSA has completed a number of habitat restoration and improvement projects as well as currently being involved with projects and planning for future habitat improvements. <ref name= "agencies"> [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/habitat-improvement/ CRSA Habitat Improvement Projects] </ref>
  
The focus of these habitat improvement projects are to provide favorable habitat to survive and thrive. In 1997, the American Rivers listed the Carmel one of many endangered rivers in the US.
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''Completed Habitat Projects'' listed on the CRSA website include<ref name="Completed"> [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/habitat-improvement/completed-projects/ Carmel River Steelhead Association - Completed Projects]</ref>:
 
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''Completed Habitat Projects'' listed on the CSRA website include<ref name="Completed"> http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/habitat-improvement/completed-projects/</ref>:
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*CRSA Gabion Project
 
*CRSA Gabion Project
 
*Extending [[Los Padres Dam]] Spillway
 
*Extending [[Los Padres Dam]] Spillway
*Notching Los Padres Dam Spillyway Lip
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*Notching [[Los Padres Dam]] Spillway Lip
*Removing Los Padres Dam Spillway Boulders
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*Removing [[Los Padres Dam]] Spillway Boulders
 
*Building Ladder and Trap
 
*Building Ladder and Trap
 
*Large Woody Debris. Phase 1
 
*Large Woody Debris. Phase 1
*Finch Creek Fish Passage Barrier Removal
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*[[Finch Creek]] Fish Passage Barrier Removal
 
*Supplemental Water for the Lagoon
 
*Supplemental Water for the Lagoon
 
*Helping Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project
 
*Helping Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project
  
''Current Habitat Projects'' listed on the CSRA website include <ref name="Current"> http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/habitat-improvement/current-projects/</ref>:
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''Current Habitat Projects'' listed on the CSRA website include <ref name="Current"> [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/habitat-improvement/current-projects/ CSRA Current Projects]</ref>:
 
*Large Woody Debris, Phase II
 
*Large Woody Debris, Phase II
 
*Carmel Watershed Cleanups
 
*Carmel Watershed Cleanups
 
*Supplmental Water, Phase II
 
*Supplmental Water, Phase II
  
''Planned Habitat Projects'' listed on the CSRA website include <ref name="Planned"> http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/habitat-improvement/planned-projects/</ref>:
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''Planned Habitat Projects'' listed on the CSRA website include <ref name="Planned"> [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/habitat-improvement/planned-projects/ CRSA - Future Projects]</ref>:
 
*[[Striped Bass]] Removal
 
*[[Striped Bass]] Removal
 
*Small Woody Debris
 
*Small Woody Debris
  
'''Water Advocacy'''
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====Water Advocacy====
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The [[Carmel River]] has been a main water source for the [[Monterey County]] area resulting in excess pumping of the aquifer. The need for this limited water source has led CRSA to be an advocate to keep some water for the fish. They attend meetings, comment of environmental documents, protest excess water withdrawals, bring up illegal actions to appropriate bodies, and in general fight for the rights of fish.
  
As the [[Carmel River]] has been a main water source for the [[Monterey County]] area resulting in excess pumping of the aquifer. The need for this limited water source has led CRSA to be an advocate to keep some water for the fish. The association says that they attend meetings, comment of environmental documents, protest excess water withdrawals, bring up illegal actions to appropriate bodies, and in general fight for the rights of fish.
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Some of their listed Water Advocacy accomplishments are <ref name="Advocacy"> [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/ Carmel River Steelhead Association Website Page on their Water Advocacy Accomplishments]</ref>:
 
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Some of their listed Water Advocacy accomplishments are <ref name="Advocacy"> http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/</ref>:
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*'''1988 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/1988-interim-relief-plan/ Interim Relief Plan]'''
 
*'''1988 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/1988-interim-relief-plan/ Interim Relief Plan]'''
 
**A filed complaint with the [[State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)]] about over-pumping of the Carmel River
 
**A filed complaint with the [[State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)]] about over-pumping of the Carmel River
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*'''1990 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/1990-water-allocation-eir/ Water Allocation EIR] '''
 
*'''1990 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/1990-water-allocation-eir/ Water Allocation EIR] '''
**The CRSA participated in the Draft and[[http://www.mpwmd.net/programs/mitigation_program/about/OPTION%20V%20MIT%20PLAN.pd Final Water Allocation EIR]] produced by the [[MPWMD]].
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**The CRSA participated in the Draft and [http://www.mpwmd.net/programs/mitigation_program/about/OPTION%20V%20MIT%20PLAN.pd Final Water Allocation EIR] produced by the [[MPWMD]].
  
 
*'''1995 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/%ef%bb%bf%ef%bb%bf1995-water-order-95-10/ Water Order 95-10]'''
 
*'''1995 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/%ef%bb%bf%ef%bb%bf1995-water-order-95-10/ Water Order 95-10]'''
 
** CSRA, [[The Residents Water Committee]], [[Sierra Club]], and [[California Department of Parks and Recreation]] joined together to file a complaint with the [[State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)]]
 
** CSRA, [[The Residents Water Committee]], [[Sierra Club]], and [[California Department of Parks and Recreation]] joined together to file a complaint with the [[State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)]]
** In response the SWRCB issued the [[https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/board_decisions/adopted_orders/orders/1995/wro95-10.pdf Water Order 1995-10 (WO 95-10)]], which talked about the MPWMD's mitigation program and states the program would continue with the Interim Relief plan.
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** In response the SWRCB issued the [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/board_decisions/adopted_orders/orders/1995/wro95-10.pdf Water Order 1995-10 (WO 95-10)], which talked about the MPWMD's mitigation program and states the program would continue with the Interim Relief plan.
  
 
*'''2007 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/%ef%bb%bf%ef%bb%bf2007-aquifer-storage-and-recovery-asr-i/ Aquifer Storage and Recovery I]'''
 
*'''2007 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/%ef%bb%bf%ef%bb%bf2007-aquifer-storage-and-recovery-asr-i/ Aquifer Storage and Recovery I]'''
**[[https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/ewrims/appropriative/docs/a027614c.pdf Permit 20808]] was issued in 2007 to allow MPWMD and [[Cal Am]] to take excess water from the Carmel River in the winter to be pumped to the [[City of Seaside]]. This water would be stored in the [[Seaside Groundwater Basin]].  
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**[https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/ewrims/appropriative/docs/a027614c.pdf Permit 20808] was issued in 2007 to allow MPWMD and [[Cal Am]] to take excess water from the Carmel River in the winter to be pumped to the [[City of Seaside]]. This water would be stored in the [[Seaside Groundwater Basin]].  
 
**CRSA filed a late protect which was discussed by the SWRCB.
 
**CRSA filed a late protect which was discussed by the SWRCB.
  
 
*'''2008 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/2008-aquifer-storage-and-recovery-asr-ii/ Aquifer Storage and Recovery II]'''
 
*'''2008 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/2008-aquifer-storage-and-recovery-asr-ii/ Aquifer Storage and Recovery II]'''
**MPWMD filed a petition to change the orginial[[https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/ewrims/appropriative/docs/a027614c.pdf Permit 20808]] to allow for additional pumping of water. The [[CSRA]] and the [[National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)]] filed a protection against the petition to change the permit.  
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**MPWMD filed a petition to change the orginial [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/ewrims/appropriative/docs/a027614c.pdf Permit 20808] to allow for additional pumping of water. The [[CSRA]] and the [[National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)]] filed a protection against the petition to change the permit.  
 
**Also CRSA negotiated with Cal Am, MPWMD, and NMFS to set new pumping standards
 
**Also CRSA negotiated with Cal Am, MPWMD, and NMFS to set new pumping standards
  
 
*'''2009 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/2009-water-order-09-60-cease-and-desist-order/ SWRCB Water Order 09-60]'''
 
*'''2009 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/2009-water-order-09-60-cease-and-desist-order/ SWRCB Water Order 09-60]'''
** The CSRA filed a complaint with SWRCB about Order 95-10 not being enforced and illegal pumping was occurring. The complaint led to hearings with Cal Am and resulted in the SWRCB issuing the[[https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/board_decisions/adopted_orders/orders/2009/wro2009_0060.pdf Water Order 09-60]].
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** The CSRA filed a complaint with SWRCB about Order 95-10 not being enforced and illegal pumping was occurring. The complaint led to hearings with Cal Am and resulted in the SWRCB issuing the [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/board_decisions/adopted_orders/orders/2009/wro2009_0060.pdf Water Order 09-60].
  
 
*'''2010 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/2010-lagoon-notice-of-intent-to-sue/ Lagoon Notice of Intent to Sue]'''
 
*'''2010 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/2010-lagoon-notice-of-intent-to-sue/ Lagoon Notice of Intent to Sue]'''
 
** CRSA filed a Notice of Intent to Sue to [[Monterey County]] as illegal breaching the [[Endangered Species Act]]. They reasoning behind the was Monterey County would beach lagoons to cause them to empty faster and potentially reduce flooding. Local lagoons such as the [[Carmel River Lagoon]] are important for [[Steelhead]] life cycles. <ref name="Lagoons">[http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/2010-lagoon-notice-of-intent-to-sue/ Carmel River Steelhead Association Lagoon Notice of Intent to Sue] </ref>
 
** CRSA filed a Notice of Intent to Sue to [[Monterey County]] as illegal breaching the [[Endangered Species Act]]. They reasoning behind the was Monterey County would beach lagoons to cause them to empty faster and potentially reduce flooding. Local lagoons such as the [[Carmel River Lagoon]] are important for [[Steelhead]] life cycles. <ref name="Lagoons">[http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/2010-lagoon-notice-of-intent-to-sue/ Carmel River Steelhead Association Lagoon Notice of Intent to Sue] </ref>
  
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*'''2014 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/2014-cease-and-desist-order-extension/ Cease and Desist Order Extension]'''
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**CSRA lobbied for significant mitigations should the [https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/board_decisions/adopted_orders/orders/2009/wro2009_0060.pdf Water Order 09-60](Cease and Desist Order) be extended. Cal Am agreed to spend up to $2.5 million for these mitigations. The projects that Cal Am agreed to included additional spawning gravel injections below [[Los Padres Reservoir]], improvements to the existing upstream fish passage ladder at [[Los Padres Dam]], installation of a fish screen on Los Padres Dam, a pit tagging program, and a survival study for Los Padres Reservoir.
  
*2014 Cease and Desist Order Extension
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*'''2015 [http://www.carmelsteelhead.org/water-advocacy-2/2015-pacific-grove-local-water-project/ Pacific Grove Local Water Project]'''
*2015 Pacific Grove Local Water Project
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**The [[City of Pacific Grove]] created a [[Pacific Grove Local Water Project (PGLWP)]]<ref name="PGLWP"> [https://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/living/public-works/local-water-project City of Pacific Grove Local Water Project Website]</ref> that would treat wastewater for use on the Pacific Grove golf course and a local cemetery. In 2015, Pacific Grove issued a draft supplemental EIR for the project asking for more water. CRSA protected the supplemental EIR. The SWRCB authorized the City of Pacific Grove's one percent loan but due to the Cease and Desist Order did not allow hookups for new or expanded water use.
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
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== Links ==
 
== Links ==
 
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* [[Steelhead]]
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* [[State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)]]
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* [[City of Pacific Grove]]
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* [[Seaside Groundwater Basin]]
 
* [[Watershed Issues]]
 
* [[Watershed Issues]]
 
* [[Trout Unlimited]]
 
* [[Trout Unlimited]]
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* [[National Marine Fisheries Service]]
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* [[Carmel River Watershed Conservancy (CRWC)]]
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* [[Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD)]]
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* [[California Department of Fish and Wildlife]]
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* [[California American Water Company (CalAm)]]
  
 
== Disclaimer ==
 
== Disclaimer ==
  
 
This page may contain student work completed as part of assigned coursework. It may not be accurate. It does not necessary reflect the opinion or policy of [[CSUMB]], its staff, or students.
 
This page may contain student work completed as part of assigned coursework. It may not be accurate. It does not necessary reflect the opinion or policy of [[CSUMB]], its staff, or students.

Latest revision as of 17:35, 11 April 2018

An environmental summary created by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.

CRSA Logo. Image: www.carmelsteelhead.org

Background

The Carmel River Steelhead Association (CRSA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with volunteers and conservationists dedicated to the restoration of the Carmel River and its native Steelhead Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).[1] They were founded in 1974 by local environmental leaders Robert Hughett and Ray Wermuth and received their 501(c)(3) credentials in 1988.[2] The mission of CRSA is to emphasize the "restoration and conservation of the South-Central Coastal district Segment of California Steelhead Trout" primarily in the Carmel River watershed. [2] They are the only organization working on the Carmel River whose focus is only on Steelhead trout. [2] CRSA has four officers and a ten person board of directors.

Carmel River Steelhead Association Officers

  • Brian LeNeve, President
  • Frank Emerson, Vice President
  • Ray Bergara, Treasurer
  • Hallie Heath, Secretary

Carmel River Steelhead Association Board of Directors

  • Carla Moss
  • Sam Davidson
  • John Schweisinger
  • Koney Eng
  • Robert Stoddard
  • Tom Pelikan
  • Jaime Eltit
  • James Jeffery III
  • Luke Coletti
  • Roy Thomas

Projects

The projects taken on by the Carmel River Steelhead Association include Fish Rescues, Habitat Improvements, and Water Advocacy.[3]

Fish Rescues

CRSA and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) collaborated on Steelhead trout rescues in the Carmel River from 1989 to 1996. Beginning in 1997, CRSA began keeping rescue records separate from MPWMD. [4] Every year, CRSA members & volunteers go out and search the areas known to go dry and strand fish for Steelhead trout. CRSA members and volunteers must utilize a permit acquired from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that allows a certain number of Steelhead to be taken from the Carmel River [5]They relocate these fish to the mainstem Carmel River that will not go dry. [6]

In addition, they provide fish rescue results by year on their website. [6]

Habitat Improvements

The focus of these habitat improvement projects are to provide favorable habitat for Steelhead to survive and thrive. [7] In 1997, the American Rivers listed the Carmel one of many endangered rivers in the US. In collaboration with agencies such as California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California American Water Company (CalAm), CRSA has completed a number of habitat restoration and improvement projects as well as currently being involved with projects and planning for future habitat improvements. [8]

Completed Habitat Projects listed on the CRSA website include[9]:

  • CRSA Gabion Project
  • Extending Los Padres Dam Spillway
  • Notching Los Padres Dam Spillway Lip
  • Removing Los Padres Dam Spillway Boulders
  • Building Ladder and Trap
  • Large Woody Debris. Phase 1
  • Finch Creek Fish Passage Barrier Removal
  • Supplemental Water for the Lagoon
  • Helping Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project

Current Habitat Projects listed on the CSRA website include [10]:

  • Large Woody Debris, Phase II
  • Carmel Watershed Cleanups
  • Supplmental Water, Phase II

Planned Habitat Projects listed on the CSRA website include [11]:

Water Advocacy

The Carmel River has been a main water source for the Monterey County area resulting in excess pumping of the aquifer. The need for this limited water source has led CRSA to be an advocate to keep some water for the fish. They attend meetings, comment of environmental documents, protest excess water withdrawals, bring up illegal actions to appropriate bodies, and in general fight for the rights of fish.

Some of their listed Water Advocacy accomplishments are [12]:

  • 2009 SWRCB Water Order 09-60
    • The CSRA filed a complaint with SWRCB about Order 95-10 not being enforced and illegal pumping was occurring. The complaint led to hearings with Cal Am and resulted in the SWRCB issuing the Water Order 09-60.
  • 2014 Cease and Desist Order Extension
    • CSRA lobbied for significant mitigations should the Water Order 09-60(Cease and Desist Order) be extended. Cal Am agreed to spend up to $2.5 million for these mitigations. The projects that Cal Am agreed to included additional spawning gravel injections below Los Padres Reservoir, improvements to the existing upstream fish passage ladder at Los Padres Dam, installation of a fish screen on Los Padres Dam, a pit tagging program, and a survival study for Los Padres Reservoir.
  • 2015 Pacific Grove Local Water Project
    • The City of Pacific Grove created a Pacific Grove Local Water Project (PGLWP)[14] that would treat wastewater for use on the Pacific Grove golf course and a local cemetery. In 2015, Pacific Grove issued a draft supplemental EIR for the project asking for more water. CRSA protected the supplemental EIR. The SWRCB authorized the City of Pacific Grove's one percent loan but due to the Cease and Desist Order did not allow hookups for new or expanded water use.

References

  1. Carmel River Steelhead Association Social Media Account - Facebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 CRSA Website - About
  3. Carmel River Steelhead Association - Project Overviews
  4. CRSA and MPWMD Fish Rescues
  5. . CRSA Permit Information
  6. 6.0 6.1 Carmel River Steelhead Association - Fish Rescues
  7. . CRSA Habitat Improvement
  8. CRSA Habitat Improvement Projects
  9. Carmel River Steelhead Association - Completed Projects
  10. CSRA Current Projects
  11. CRSA - Future Projects
  12. Carmel River Steelhead Association Website Page on their Water Advocacy Accomplishments
  13. Carmel River Steelhead Association Lagoon Notice of Intent to Sue
  14. City of Pacific Grove Local Water Project Website

Links

Disclaimer

This page may contain student work completed as part of assigned coursework. It may not be accurate. It does not necessary reflect the opinion or policy of CSUMB, its staff, or students.