Wild Fish (Still) Don’t Ride in Trucks

Yvon Chouinard looks out over Englebright Dam back in 2011, Yuba River, California. Photo: Matt Stoecker
Yvon Chouinard looks out over Englebright Dam back in 2011, Yuba River, California. Photo: Matt Stoecker

In this July Sacramento Bee op-ed, Yvon Chouinard and Matt Stoecker explained why a proposed trap and haul program was the wrong way to save salmon on California’s Yuba River.

They’re not the only ones opposed to the trap and haul program.

Shortly there after, Charlton Bonham director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Steve Rothert the California director of American Rivers defended the trap and haul program in the Sac Bee on behalf of the Yuba Salmon Partnership Initiative.

Now the Native Fish Society, Wild Fish Conservancy, Patagonia, and Stoecker Ecological  have sent a letter to the federal and California resource agencies in charge of salmon recovery, as well as three non-profit groups, detailing their opposition to a proposed trap and truck project around a dam that many believe needs to be removed. Such artificial enhancement projects set a terrible precedent nationwide that diverts money away from real watershed restoration and recovery goals for wild and self-sustaining fisheries.

We agree.

Read the letter to the Trap and Truck proponents listed below.

NOAA Fisheries Service
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
American Rivers
Trout Unlimited California
California Sportfishing Protection Alliance

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Wild Fish (Still) Don’t Ride in Trucks

  1. Amazed and disappointed that the people we are paying to recover our rivers and salmon don’t understand how to do it. Even ignoring their own science. I’m done with TU and Am Rivers, what a joke! Hoping the groups challenging this insanity prevail.

  2. My understanding is that Englebright was built to keep the heavy metals that were brought up during the gold rush out of the lower river. The lower Yuba is an Amazing fishery, I hope it doesn’t get fouled wth Mercury if they take the damn dam down. I’m all for damn removal but be aware of the law of unintended consequences.

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