Carmel River Steelhead Association (CRSA)

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

CRSA Logo. Image:


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).[1]


The projects taken on by the Carmel River Steelhead Association are Fish Rescues, Habitat Improvements, and Water Advocacy.[2]

Fish Rescue

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. [3]

In addition, they provide fish rescue results by year on their website. [3]

Habitat Improvements

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[4]:

  • 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 [5]:

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

Planned Habitat Projects listed on the CSRA website include [6]:

Water Advocacy


  1. Carmel River Steelhead Association Social Media Account - Facebook
  2. Carmel River Steelhead Association - Project Overviews
  3. 3.0 3.1 Carmel River Steelhead Association - Fish Rescues
  4. Carmel River Steelhead Association - Completed Projects
  5. CSRA Current Projects
  6. CRSA - Future Projects



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