Salmonid Restoration Federation
31 March - 3 April, 2020
Santa Cruz, California

(Un)Dam it! Dam Removal and Fish Passage Projects in California

03 April 2020
Session Coordinator: 

Darren Mierau, CalTrout North Coast Director

Throughout the United States, aging dams and fish barriers of all sizes represent an unprecedented opportunity for salmon restorationists. By removing barriers to migration, we can restore fish access to spawning and rearing habitat, as well as increase streamflows and reduce harmful temperatures and algal blooms. This session will explore the many facets and stages of successful and ongoing dam and fish barrier removal projects throughout California, from permitting and project initiation to decommissioning and river restoration. 

If It’s Broke, Why Fix It? Crumbling Concrete Coming to a Small Hydro Project Near You
Chris Shutes, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance
The Eel River Potter Valley Project - Modernizing Hydro-Power Infrastructure in one of California’s Wildest Rivers
Redgie Collins, Staff Attorney, California Trout
Thermal and Habitat Suitability for Anadromous Salmonids in the Dammed and Inaccessible Upper Mainstem Eel River Subbasin in the Eel River Watershed
Alyssa FitzGerald, PhD, University of California Santa Cruz, NOAA Fisheries affiliate
The Removal of San Clemente Dam – Lessons Learned and Questions Raised
Trish Chapman, Central Coast Regional Manager, State Coastal Conservancy
Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project
Mary Marshall, USDOI, Bureau of Reclamation
Modifying Diversion Structures in the Shasta Valley to Improve Fish passage and Enhance Flows
Andrew Braugh, California Trout

A Phased Sampling Approach to Monitor Recolonization and Inform Management of Anadromous Fish in the Klamath River Following Dam Removal
Thomas Williams, PhD, NOAA Fisheries, SFSC