Salmonid Restoration Federation

3rd Steelhead Summit

December 03 - 05, 2018

SRF will host the 3rd Steelhead Summit December 3 - 5, 2018 in Ventura, CA. The theme will be Conservation Strategies for Steelhead Recovery.

Monday, December 3

Orientation Presentations

The Origins of Life History Variation in Oncorhynchus mykiss, John Carlos Garza, PhD, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries

Implementing Risk Mitigation Strategies to Protect Vulnerable Native O. mykiss Populations in Southern California, Sandra Jacobson, PhD, CalTrout

Coastal Monitoring and Limiting Factors for Steelhead: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities – Presentations and Panel Discussion

The Current Status of Southern California Steelhead Monitoring, Kyle Evans, CDFW

Abundance and Distribution of Steelhead in the Santa Monica Bay, Rosi Dagit, Santa Monica Mountains RCD

Steelhead Monitoring In the Santa Ynez Watershed, Tim Robinson, Cachuma Operations and Maintenance Board

Drought, Fire, and Floods — Adapting to a New Era of Climate Change

Southern California Steelhead Fire Regime: Landscapes and Life-Cycles, Mark Capelli, PhD, Southern California Steelhead Recovery Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries

The Effects of Drought and Wildfire on Oncorhynchus mykiss and Stream Communities of Southern California, Kristie Klose, PhD, Forest Fisheries Biologist

Balancing Habitat and Public Safety for Future Conditions, Pam Lindsey, Watershed Ecologist, Ventura County Watershed Protection District

Fire and Flow Forum: A Stakeholder Response to Rise of Climatic Threats in Southern California Watersheds, Santa Barbara Flood Control District

Instream Flow Needs for Improving Steelhead Recovery

Creative Water Transactions to Streamline Permitting and Enhance Streamflow, Matt Clifford, JD, Trout Unlimited

Moving Into Action: Finding Real Solutions for Fisheries and Communities in Ventura County, Regina Hirsh, Sierra Watershed Progressive

Tuesday, December 4 — Full-Day Concurrent Field Tours

Santa Monica Bay Steelhead Road Trip

Field Tour Coordinator: Rosi Dagit, Senior Biologist, Santa Monica Mountains Resource Conservation District

This tour will visit the lifecycle monitoring site at the restored Rodeo Grounds in lower Topanga State Park, and then head down to Topanga Lagoon, to discuss on-going restoration planning. From there, participants will go to the overlook to see Rindge Dam on Malibu Canyon Rd., and discuss the removal plans, then head back to the ocean to visit the restored Malibu Lagoon and walk out to Surfrider Beach. On the way back to Ventura, the tour will stop to look at the bridge replacement and pending lagoon restoration at Trancas Creek.

Impacts to the Southern Santa Barabara County Steelhead Streams by the Thomas Fire and Debris Flows Field Tour

Tour Coordinators: Tim Robinson, Cachuma Operations and Maintenance Board and Mauricio Gomez, South Coast Habitat Restoration.

The devastating Thomas Fire in December 2017 and subsequent debris flows in January 2018 negatively impacted riparian and steelhead habitat in the Santa Barbara and Ventura Region. On this field tour, we will visit creeks in Santa Barbara County and see the impact that occurred and the recovery to date. The tour will stop at various locations in Carpinteria and Montecito.

Addressing Fire Impacts, Water Resiliency while Enhancing Instream Flows in Upper Ventura Watershed

Tour Coordinator: Regina Hirsch of Sierra Watershed Progressive

This tour will begin by exploring the habitat above Matilija Dam and move downstream to the Ojai valley. The field tour will visit reduced consumptive use and efficiency projects to enhance instream flows including the Gobernador and Carpinteria Creeks restoration projects as well as the Ojai Valley Inn Project.  

Wednesday, December 5 — Concurrent Full-Day Workshop or Field Tour

Flow Enhancement and Water Rights Workshop  

Matt Clifford, JD, California Water Project, and Tom Hicks, Water Law Attorney

Limiting Factors—Fish Passage Barriers and Drought Conditions in the Lower Santa Ynez River and Gaviota Coast Tour

This tour will visit two creeks in each of the Lower Santa Ynez River basin and the Gaviota Coast where extensive efforts are ongoing or in planning for fish passage and habitat restoration for the endangered southern steelhead. Current project managers will describe the restoration objectives and projects in Hilton and Quiota creeks (two that are near completion) in the Lower Santa Ynez area and Gaviota and Arroyo Hondo creeks on the Gaviota Coast. These creeks are some of the remaining strongholds for steelhead in a region under critical drought conditions.

Registration Info: The agenda will be finalized in the coming weeks but you can register now to receive the advanced rate of $200. After November 14, the rate will increase to $225.

Lodging Info: The host hotel for the Steelhead Summit is the historic Clocktower Inn located in downtown Ventura. Rooms are $119 including a full breakfast and parking. The symposium will be held in their Santa Fe room. Group block information will be posted shortly.

DIDSON Deployment at Topanga Creek
DIDSON Deployment at Topanga Creek
The Clocktower Inn
181 E Santa Clara Street,
Ventura, CA

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