Carmel River Steelhead Association (CRSA)
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).
In addition, they provide fish rescue results by year on their website. 
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.
Completed Habitat Projects listed on the CSRA website include:
- CRSA Gabion Project
- Extending Los Padres Dam Spillway
- Notching Los Padres Dam Spillyway 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 :
- Large Woody Debris, Phase II
- Carmel Watershed Cleanups
- Supplmental Water, Phase II
Planned Habitat Projects listed on the CSRA website include :
- Striped Bass Removal
- Small Woody Debris
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.
Some of their listed Water Advocacy accomplishments are :
- 1988 Interim Relief Plan
- A filed complaint with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) about over-pumping of the Carmel River
- The CSRA suggested that rescue and rearing of fish within the Carmel River, irrigations of riparian vegetation, and release of more water from the San Clemente Dam would be remedies for current environmental damage
- Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) responded by agreeing to dedicate one half of an aquatic biologist's time for environmental maintenance at $30,000 annual and would create a contingency fund for dry-year smolt transportation.
- 1990 Water Allocation EIR
- 1995 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)
- In response the SWRCB issued the [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 Aquifer Storage and Recovery I
- 2008 Aquifer Storage and Recovery II
- MPWMD filed a petition to change the orginial[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
- 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].
- 2010 Lagoon Notice of Intent to Sue
- 2014 Cease and Desist Order Extension
- 2015 Pacific Grove Local Water Project
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