Salmonid Restoration Federation

August 2020 News and Announcements

In this eNewsletter you will find:

  • 2020 Virtual Spring-run Chinook Symposium
  • SRF Restoration Webinar Series
  • 2020 Annual SRF Conference Cancelled
  • 2020 Coho Confab Cancelled
  • South Fork Eel River Low-Flow Monitoring Projects
  • WCB Grant Opportunities
  • MMWD is Hiring
  • WRA Restoration Engineer Positions Available
  • New Water Assets Guidebook Now Available
  • California Grants Portal Now Open
  • Free Virtual Workshop: Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes 
  • Support SRF During COVID-19
  • SRF Restoration Job Board

2020 Virtual Spring-run Chinook Symposium

SRF partnered with the Salmon River Restoration Council to host a Virtual Spring-run Chinook Symposium on July 23 and 24, 2020. This symposium consisted of two partial days of presentations.  Topics included Spring Chinook genetics, the impacts of climate change, local cultural knowledge, restoration projects, historical distribution and reintroduction.

Although we missed gathering in person on the beautiful Salmon River, we so enjoyed the opportunity to connect with our colleagues from around the West Coast. Please click here for access to presentation slides and recordings from the symposium.

SRF Restoration Webinar Series

SRF has launched an online webinar series to highlight 2020 Conference themes that will be explored when it is feasible to produce the Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference. These short webinars will take place on the fourth Friday of each month at noon. The third webinar in this series was part of the 10th Annual Spring-run Chinook Symposium.
The fourth webinar in this series will take place Friday, August 28th at noon. Darren Mierau, the North Coast Director for California Trout, will present on the status of dam removal in the Eel River watershed, including the Potter Valley Project FERC relicensing status and dam removal project plan. In addition, we’ll hear an update from Alyssa FitzGerald, PhD, of NOAA Fisheries and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, on recently completed analyses to confirm the extent and quality of habitat in the upper Mainstem Eel River. For more information and to register to attend, please visit our website.

2020 Annual SRF Conference Cancelled

The 38th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference is indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. It is not feasible to produce the conference in the fall as we had hoped. We are still hoping to host the 38th Annual Conference in Santa Cruz in April 2021, if circumstances permit.
The digital version of the 2020 SRF Conference Proceedings is available online. If you would like to continue your virtual conference experience, please check out our Vimeo page for recorded keynote talks from previous SRF conferences. Please visit our website for future updates on the conference and other SRF events. 
Please consider donating your conference fees to SRF or to our newly created scholarship fund. To request a refund for your 2020 conference registration, please fill out this form. Email if you have any questions regarding your refund status, or if you would like to donate part or all of your registration fee to our newly created scholarship fund.

2020 Coho Confab Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, SRF is unable to produce the Coho Confab in 2020. We are hoping to be able to produce this special event next year in the South Fork Eel River.

South Fork Eel River Low Flow Monitoring Projects

SRF has been conducting low flow monitoring in Redwood Creek in the South Fork Eel watershed since 2013. Check out our website to see project resources, the low flow trajectory, and regular updates about this project. A flipbook series of site photos is also available for viewing.

SRF started low flow monitoring on Sproul Creek in 2019 and will continue to update that webpage this summer.

WCB Grant Opportunities

The Wildlife Conservation Board's 2020 notices for the Stream Flow Enhancement Program and the Lower American River Conservancy Program are now available online. 

Marin Municipal Water District Seeks Natural Resources Program Manager

MMWD is hiring a program director for their Fisheries Program. Please see the full position description online for more information.

WRA Restoration Engineer Positions Available

WRA is hiring two restoration engineers. Please visit their website to see the job descriptions for the mid-level restoration engineer and senior level restoration engineer

Evaluating and Protecting Environmental Water Assets Guidebook Now Available

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Sonoma Land Trust (SLT), and Alford Environmental are pleased to announce a new publication: Evaluating and Protecting Environmental Water Assets: A Guide for Land Conservation Practitioners. The handbook provides easy to understand guidance, resources, and tools that California land trusts, open space districts, resource conservation districts, and others can use to identify, evaluate, and protect water resources.

California Grants Portal Now Open

The California State Library, in partnership with the State Water Resources Control Board and other state funding agencies, has launched the California Grants Portal – your one destination to find all state grant and loan opportunities provided on a first-come or competitive basis.

Visit the California Grants Portal at to find funding opportunities for your community.

Free Virtual Workshop: Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes 

This four day, virtual workshop (August 11-14) will introduce conservationists to ‘low-tech’ process-based approaches for restoring streams and their associated riparian areas (riverscapes) to benefit fish, wildlife, and working lands. Registration is free but will be capped at 1000 participants. View the agenda and register online!

Support SRF During COVID-19

Please consider donating to SRF or any of your favorite non-profits during this difficult time. The CARES Act allows for households to take up to a $300 tax deduction for donations to nonprofits even if they are not itemizing in the 2020 tax year. 

SRF Restoration Job Board

SRF is hosting a Job Board on our website to post current positions related to the fisheries and watershed restoration field in California. Please email to post a job on our webpage. 

SRF Merchandise Available

Due to our postponed 2020 events, SRF will not have the level of in-person sales that we normally do. Please visit SRF's merchandise page to order our merchandise including select Ray Troll hoodies, baseball caps, and t-shirts, like the one featured below.