Salmonid Restoration Federation

September 2020 News and Annoucements

In this eNewsletter you will find:

  • SRF Restoration Webinar Series
  • Marshall Ranch Flow Enhancement Project
  • 2020 Annual SRF Conference Cancelled
  • 2020 Coho Confab Cancelled
  • South Fork Eel River Low-Flow Monitoring Projects
  • Action Item: Klamath Dam Removal
  • Support Coho Salmon Rescue in Santa Cruz
  • WCB Grant Opportunities - Deadline Extended
  • PMEP 2020 Request for Project Proposals
  • Nordic Aquafarms Public Meeting
  • Advocacy & Water Protection in Native California Symposium
  • Job Opportunity with ESA
  • New Water Assets Guidebook Now Available
  • California Grants Portal Now Open
  • Support SRF During COVID-19
  • SRF Restoration Job Board

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. 
Our next webinar will take place on Thursday, September 24 and focus on dam removal in the Klamath River basin. Mike Belchik, a Senior Water Policy Analyst for the Yurok Tribe will discuss the current status and updates regarding this project. More information and a link to registration for the webinar are available on our website.
The last webinar in this series examined dam removal in the Eel River basin. Darren Mierau, the North Coast Director for California Trout, presented on the Potter Valley Project FERC relicensing status and dam removal project plan. Alyssa FitzGerald, PhD, of NOAA Fisheries and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, gave a presentation on recently completed analyses to confirm the extent and quality of salmonid habitat in the upper Mainstem Eel River. To view their presentation slides or watch a recording of the webinar, please visit our website.

Marshall Ranch Flow Enhancement Project

SRF and Stillwater Sciences have been exploring the feasibility of various streamflow enhancement opportunities in Redwood Creek, a critical tributary to the South Fork Eel River. For several years, SRF has been conducting low-flow monitoring and conducting a feasibility analysis on how to most efficiently enhance flows in Redwood Creek. SRF and Stillwater Sciences are completing designs for a 15.5 million gallon off-channel pond that would release cold-water into Redwood Creek during the long dry season. This project is sited on a stable terrace on the Marshall Ranch, the largest private parcel in the watershed that has been stewarded by the Marshall family since the 1800s and is now fully protected under conservation easement.

The proposed Marshall Ranch Flow Enhancement Project is being designed to significantly improve Redwood Creek dry-season conditions. 

To learn more about this exciting streamflow enhancement project, please visit the project webpage and explore some of the project frequently asked questions. You can also listen to a recent KMUD interview with some of the project team on MixCloud.

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 exploring holding the 38th Annual Conference as a virtual event if it is not feasible to host a live conference in April 2021.
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. 

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. 

SRF is also conducting low flow monitoring on Sproul CreekClick here to see a digital flipbook of photos from the West Fork of Sproul Creek.

Action Item: Klamath Dam Removal

Please read and sign the letter at
to urge PacifiCorps to remove the Klamath Dams.

Support Coho Salmon Rescue in Santa Cruz

The Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project (MBSTP) genetics conservation and recovery hatchery was badly damaged in the Santa Cruz fires last month. Please support the future of Central Coast Coho by donating directly to their rebuilding efforts.

WCB Application Deadline Extended

The Wildlife Conservation Board has extended the deadline for its Stream Flow Enhancement Program (Proposition 1) RFP. Applications are now due October 1, 2020.

PMEP 2020 Request for Project Proposals

The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP) requests proposals for projects that will advance fish habitat conservation and restoration along the West Coast. Grant proposals are due October 30, 2020.

Nordic Aquafarms Public Meeting

Nordic Aquafarms will hold a public meeting to discuss the status of their proposed land-based facility on Humboldt Bay via Zoom on September 9th at 6 pm. Click this link to join the meeting.

Advocacy & Water Protection in Native California Symposium

Save California Salmon & HSU Native American Studies are hosting a symposium on Advocacy & Water Protection in Native California on September 25, 2020 from 10 am - 3:00 pm. 

Job Opportunity with ESA

ESA is hiring a Multi-Benefit Flood Management Project Manager. Visit their online job posting to learn more.

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.

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.