Salmonid Restoration Federation

January 2020 News and Announcements

In this eNewsletter you will find:

  • 2020 SRF Conference Agenda Online
  • 2020 SRF Conference FAQs and Lodging
  • 2020 SRF Conference Membership Dinner
  • 2020 SRF Conference Poster Session Now Open
  • Featured 2020 Workshop: Accelerating Coho and Steelhead Recovery Workshop
  • Featured 2020 Field Tour: Los Padres Fish Passage Projects
  • Please Update Your Address With SRF
  • 2020 SRF Poster Session Registration
  • Co-Sponsor the 2020 SRF Conference
  • Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Grant Program
  • Wild Trout Scientific Aid - Open Positions
  • WSP Placement Site Application Now Available!
  • Redwood Creek, South Fork Eel Low-Flow Monitoring
  • SRF Restoration Job Board
  • Please Support SRF

2020 SRF Conference Agenda Online

SRF is happy to announce that the 38th Annual Conference will be held in Santa Cruz, California March 31-April 3, 2020. 

Final descriptions of the conference field toursworkshops, and sessions are now posted to the SRF website. The final session agenda is now online.

You may register for the 2020 Salmonid Restoration Conference online or fill out the registration form.

2020 SRF Conference Hotel and FAQs

The largest conference hotel block is at the Hotel Paradox, which has 25 rooms at the state rate, 25 rooms at the federal rate, and 25 premium rooms. Please book soon to secure these great rates. Additionally, the Best Western is offering a rate of $126 plus tax that includes breakfast, parking, and wifi until February 29. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section of our conference webpage to see how to secure these group rates.
The fabulous Dream Inn on the Santa Cruz boardwalk is just a few minute walk from the conference facility at the Cocoanut Grove. Every room has spectacular ocean views. This boutique hotel is offering a deeply discounted rate for conference participants. Rates are $239 + tax per night for Sun - Thursday, and $359 for Friday and includes parking. To make a reservation, please call 831-740-8069 and ask for the Salmonid Restoration Federation Room Block.

2020 SRF Conference - Membership Social

SRF’s Membership dinner will be a strolling soiree at NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's Exploration Center. Join us for a celebration of Salmon Science, Art, and Seafood featuring local chefs for a culinary tour through the center . This event will coincide with the launch of the Sanctuary’s interactive California Salmonscape exhibit and will feature a short presentation by the legendary artist Ray Troll whose art is highlighted in the exhibit, and Sarah Mesnick who leads the science, art, and seafood campaign at NOAA Fisheries. Please purchase your tickets in advance - we expect this special event to sell out!

SRF Conference - Call for Awards

Please submit 200 words or more to nominate candidates for the illustrious Restorationist of the Year Award, the Golden Pipe Award for Innovation, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the new Gordon Becker Memorial River Advocate Award.

The Gordon Becker Memorial River Advocate Award is for candidates who have been strong river advocates or stewards.

These awards will be presented at the 2020 Salmonid Restoration Conference. Nominations should be sent to by February 7, 2020. Please write "Award Nominations" in the subject line.

Featured SRF Conference Workshop: Accelerating Coho and Steelhead Recovery Workshop

The 2020 SRF Conference will feature a workshop called "Accelerating Coho and Steelhead Recovery".

Despite two decades of federal and state endangered species protection, California’s coastal coho and steelhead populations continue to decline. This workshop will focus on new efforts to jump-start recovery of these species, including prioritizing restoration at the watershed level, streamlining the permitting of restoration projects, re-examining how water diversion and streambed alteration are regulated, and more effectively monitoring populations of both species. The workshop will include breakout sessions to share information and solicit input from participants.

Featured SRF Conference Tour: Los Padres Fish Passage Projects

The Los Padres Fish Passage Projects field tour will focus on how to improve fish passage and habitat around an existing dam. With co-presenters from NMFS, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, California American Water, and the Carmel River Steelhead Association you will learn about 40 years of work to benefit steelhead.

This tour will drive south to the Carmel River and visit the Los Padres Dam site 24 miles from the ocean. Your guides from the Carmel River Steelhead Association and Cal-am Water Co. will tell us how each of these systems are working or have worked and a representative from the NMFS South West Science Center will discuss what we have learned about fish passage through the dam as a result of a study started last year.

Please Update Your Address 

SRF will be mailing conference agenda packets shortly. If your address has changed, please take a moment to update your mailing address using this form by January 12 to ensure that you receive the conference agenda packet.

2020 SRF Conference - Poster Session Now Open

The Poster Session will be 7-10 pm on Thursday, April 2 at the Cocoanut Grove. This annual event is open to all conference attendees at no additional cost, and is a great venue to network with your peers. We encourage posters, pamphlet distribution, software exhibits, and multimedia (video) presentations.
If you would like to present during the Poster Session, click here to pre-register.
Please email info@calsalmon with any questions about the poster session.

Co-Sponsor the 2020 SRF Conference

To learn more about the benefits of becoming a co-sponsor of the 38th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference, please click here. Co-sponsorship inquiries can be sent to

Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Grant Program

CDFW recently released the 2020 Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Grant Program's Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF). Additional information about the grant programs and the application process can be found on the grant program website.

The deadline for proposals is February 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., PDT.

Wild Trout Scientific Aid Positions

CDFW is hiring two scientific aids in Riverside County. Applications are due online on January 9th.

WSP Placement Site Application Now Available!

We are excited to announce that the Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is now accepting applications to host WSP AmeriCorps Members for their 27th program year. Completed applications are DUE to no later than 5pm, February 3, 2020.


Redwood Creek, South Fork Eel Low-Flow Monitoring

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.

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.

SRF Merchandise Available

Visit SRF's merchandise page to see our merchandise including select Ray Troll hoodies, baseball caps, and t-shirts, like the one featured below.