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Photography for a Change Transformation

After much consideration I ended up picking ‘Celeste Wave Break’ by Dana Bove, the show’s founder. I love how he captured this moment when the wave is about to crash down. It’s such a unique perspective that makes the ocean almost morph into a mountain for a split second.

Teachers to Learn New Environmental Education Skills at Turtle Island’s ‘Headwaters to Sea’ Professional Development

The Summer Salmon Institute for 3rd to 5th grade teachers encourages science-based watershed education in elementary classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program is leading the free workshop in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (BWET).

Photography for a Change’s Roy Kimhi

Roy is one of the featured photographer’s in Photography for a Change’s incredible online show. As a quick recap for those of you who haven’t already heard, Photography for a Change, provides exquisite photographs of our natural environs.

EVENT: Blue Mind Meet the Authors Reception & Book Talk on August 22nd, 2015

Join Turtle Island’s board and staff to meet the authors at an exclusive pre-event benefit reception and a reserved seat for the Book Talk will be included in your ticket price. Enjoy wine, beer and hearty hors d’oeuvres at the beautiful Dance Palace in West Marin. Learn more about our work and enjoy a silent auction. Your ticket purchase will support our work to protect sea turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks, salmon and our world’s oceans.

Turtle Island in D.C.

ast week I had the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and speak about the importance of ocean and marine conservation with our legislators.

Feds Propose New Rules to Protect Whales, Dolphins in Other Countries

The National Marine Fisheries Service today proposed major regulations prohibiting the import of seafood into the United States from fisheries that kill whales and dolphins in excess of U.S. standards. Under the new rules, all fisheries worldwide will have to comply with essentially the same marine mammal protection requirements as U.S. fishermen or face an embargo from the lucrative U.S. seafood market.

UC California Naturalist Certification hosted by SPAWN- Oct. 7 to Dec. 16

The SPAWN California Naturalist Training Course will introduce you to the interwoven wonders of the unique ecology and natural history of the Lagunitas Creek Watershed and engage you in direct stewardship actions. The 40-hour course will utilize a combination of science curriculum, guest lecturers, field trips and project based learning to immerse you in the natural world of California. Expert instructors will uncover strategies to continue conservation of biodiversity in the Lagunitas Creek, and all, California watersheds. Transferable UC college credits or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to participants for an additional fee.

Lawsuit Challenges Loopholes in New EPA Rule Exempting Wetlands and Streams From Clean Water Act Protections

Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging last-minute exemptions for industries in the new “waters of the United States” rule that could open the door to more pollution of wetlands, streams and other waterways. The rule, finalized in May by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, defines which waterways can be protected against being destroyed, degraded, or polluted without a permit under the Clean Water Act.

Meet Photography for a Change’s Ron Wooten

Ron is one of the featured photographer’s in Photography for a Change’s incredible online show. As a quick recap for those of you who haven’t already heard, Photography for a Change, provides exquisite photographs of our natural environs. This show features four photographers who have generously donated their images and prints to support Turtle Island Restoration Network.

Photography for a Change Show to Benefit Turtle Island Restoration Network

Turtle Island Restoration Network is proud to announce that we are teaming up with Photography for a Change to offer you high quality, fine art prints from top, emerging photographers. For a limited time you can purchase these stunning prints that put you in an ocean state of mind, liven up your walls and help protect our world’s oceans and marine wildlife!

UN General Assembly Will Negotiate Treaty to Protect the High Seas

fter years of working through United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process, the 27 non-profits that make up the High Seas Alliance finally convinced the United Nations General Assembly to begin work on a treat to better protect the High Seas and its marine biodiversity through a legally-binding treaty. The U.N. member states adopted the historic resolution on Friday, June 19, marking the shift to a new era of increased ocean governance of the High Seas.

Thank You 2015 Smolt Volunteers

I am personally thankful for the commitment many individuals contributed to this program as citizen scientists. I’d like to personally thank Bob Minekheim, Valeria Briones, Andrew Hoxsey, Nik Bertulis, Ron Ortman, Katie Norris, Graham Norris, Connor Norris, Frederic Leist, Shannon Savage, Charlotte Dohrn, Micah Lewis and his middle school class, and the Patagonia Worn Wear crew…

Turtle Island Joins Sea Party Coalition!

The Sea Party Coalition represents coastal and inland cities and towns, businesses, fishermen, surfers, divers, boaters and other concerned citizens regardless of political affiliation who support a healthy and vibrant coastal economy and oppose proposed new oil surveying and drilling along the Atlantic Coast and in the U.S. Arctic Ocean.

Salmon Population Dwindling at Marin County Creeks

In spite of the heavy rains and swollen creeks this December, biologists are not seeing a rise in the number of salmon spawning in Marin County creeks.

Lagunitas Creek is currently seeing three times more water when compared to this time last year, but not three times the number of fish. Gregory Andrew, a fishery program manager for the Marin Municipal Water District, has been counting the number of salmon nesting sites — or redds.

West Marin County’s Salmon Count Hits Drastic Low

he annual ocean sojourn for endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout made an unexpected pit stop in West Marin County’s San Geronimo creek this week, courtesy of a strange looking trap. Fortunately for the fish — the trap was manned by researchers from the advocacy group Turtle Island Restoration Network — whose loyalty is solidly on the side of the fish.

National Storage Tank Supports Restoration in Marin & Water Conservation

National Storage Tank, Inc. has generously donated a 1320 Gallon Low Profile Round Water Storage Tank rain barrel that is installed downstream of SPAWN’s headquarters, at the edge of the floodplain. It will help slow run-off into the creek to prevent erosion, and water it catches off the roof and be used to irrigate native plants.

SPAWN’s Smolt Monitoring Program

SPAWN’s smolt monitoring program began about 10 years ago as a way to measure the health of endangered fish populations in San Geronimo Creek – an important tributary to Lagunitas Creek. Monitoring the population of coho smolts is an extremely important gauge for the population as a whole because it indicates how well the baby salmon fared over the winter.

What is a Smolt?

Smolts are young, 12-15 month-old juvenile coho salmon and steelhead trout. Technically, any anadromous salmonid (a member of the trout family that is born in freshwater, lives in salt water and then returns to freshwater to spawn) is called a smolt when it is in the juvenile stage of its lifecycle.

With Cod Numbers at Historic Low, Petition Seeks Ban on Gulf of Maine Cod Fishing

With numbers at the lowest levels ever recorded, environmental groups petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service today to end targeted fishing for Gulf of Maine cod. These once-plentiful fish have declined 90 percent since 1982, when monitoring began, and 77 percent in the past five years alone. Currently Gulf of Maine cod are at 3 percent to 4 percent of what a well-managed stock should be.

Three Restoration Grants Totaling $665,237 Go to Salmon Projects in Marin

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) has announced 2015 funding totaling $665,237 for three projects all located in West Marin’s critical Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program was awarded two of the three grants, with the third grant going to the Marin Municipal Water District.

Steelhead Run Starting

RSVP to January & February SPAWN Creek Walks Steelhead trout will soon start their run in our creeks, and can sometimes be seen alongside

How to Tell a Coho Salmon from a Steelhead Trout

Coho salmon and steelhead trout will soon both inhabit the Lagunitas Watershed at the same time. SPAWN’s Watershed Biologist Preston Brown explains how you can tell the two endangered fish apart with some simple tips!

Winter San Geronimo Valley Coho Salmon Report

This winter SPAWN found native endangered coho salmon in Woodacre and Arroyo Creeks. These are two of the eight tributaries of the Lagunitas Creek that SPAWN and a team dedicated volunteers survey each season. This season two redds (coho salmon nests made underwater) and six fish were found on Woodacre Creek, and another four redds and seven fish were found on Arroyo Creek.

Marin Voice: Saving West Marin’s coho salmon by restoring habitat and buying homes

Coho salmon are an incredibly unique species. They begin their lives in California’s freshwater streams, mature in the Pacific Ocean, and then return to their natal creeks to spawn and finally die. They once flooded streams and sent fishers home with millions of fish each season, but today California’s streams no longer support these iconic wild fish. Learn more about C-SALT.

Despite Rain, Coho Salmon Still Struggling

State fisheries biologists recently reported some disturbing news: the coho salmon that typically spawn near Muir Woods had vanished. Recent rainstorms may be helping

Rescuing Coho Salmon from Redwood Creek

This summer fisheries biologists took drastic steps: rescuing the remaining juvenile Coho salmon from Redwood Creek in Muir Woods. These roughly 100 fish are

GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 2nd!

#GivingTuesday™ is a movement created to celebrate giving on the Tuesday following Cyber Monday. Join in by making a donation to Turtle Island on Dec. 2nd!

Turtle Island Call for Action on Ocean Acidification.

Turtle Island signed on to an open letter addressed to Washington Governor Inslee’s commending him for his leadership on ocean acidification, and also addressed to the Department of Ecology asking that they follow suit and also take action on ocean acidification.

Intern Spotlight: Meet Zephyr Sylvester

Zephyr Sylvester joined SPAWN Habitat Restoration as an intern in October. She grew up in a small town in Vermont near Dartmouth College. She graduated with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College located in Walla Walla, Wash. in 2013.

Intern Spotlight: Allie Chavez

Fresh out of college, Allie Chavez joined the SPAWN team of Habitat Restoration Interns this past August. With a degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Allie is applying her studies through hands-on experience in the field.

Rain Triggers Chinook Salmon Migration

Migrating Chinook salmon have entered Lagunitas Creek (through Tomales Bay from the Pacific Ocean) and are now spawning. These Central California Coastal Chinook Salmon

Nominate Turtle Island for Heart of Marin Awards

Have you sent in your nomination for the 22nd Annual CVNL Heart of Marin Awards? Please nominate Turtle Island Restoration Network for the ‘Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence’ award; And please nominate a dedicated SPAWN volunteer for ‘Volunteer of the Year.’

Movers & Shakers: Doug Karpa

Turtle Island Restoration Network, an international ocean and marine conservation organization headquartered in Marin, has hired Kentfield native Doug Karpa as a staff attorney.

Cattle Fence Nears Completion

Our team of habitat restoration volunteers has been hard at work planting native trees and shrubs along the banks of a small creek that

Marin Primary Middle School Unplugged

60 students from Marin Primary Middle School unplugged from their Ipads to spend the week at Clem Miller Environmental Education Center in Point Reyes.

Habitat Development Update

Intern Jeremey A. Rich’s habitat development program is well underway at Turtle Island’s Headquarters in Olema, Calif.  The program provides hidden-in-plain-sight niche habitats for

Tocaloma Floodplain Restoration

SPAWN has begun a project to developed a restoration and enhancement plan for a mile-long stretch of stream and floodplain forest just west of

Intern Spotlight: Meet Sara Gendel

Sara Gendel, a graduate student at Bard College in New York, joined the Turtle Island Restoration Network team this July as our newest conservation intern.

Teachers Demonstrate Human Impact on the Environment Through Plastics

During the month of August, Turtle Island Restoration Network hosted the Summer Salmon Institute – a program designed for elementary school teachers to share ideas and collaboratively plan how to best engage students with current environmental issues. Here are a few updates on teachers work in the field post Summer Salmon Institute 2014.

The Summer Salmon Institute Goes Swimmingly

Thanks to Turtle Island Restoration Network’s hard work, and funding provided by the NOAA BWET grant, this years Summer Salmon Institute was a huge success. Teachers spent the week learning about hands on watershed education and it’s links to the newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards.

Pesticide Buffer Zone Deal Goes to Judge

The final agreement has been filed in a decade-long battle to get the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set buffer zones to keep some harmful agricultural pesticides out of salmon streams in Oregon, California and Washington.

Roy’s Pools to Get a Makeover

SPAWN plans to build a new, organic, natural channel at the site of Roy’s Pools that will allow young juvenile fish to swim downstream to the ocean, and adult coho salmon can swim upstream to spawn.

Obama Administration Finalizes Stronger Stream Buffers to Protect Imperiled Salmon from Pesticides

The EPA today finalized an agreement to restore no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides. Turtle Island Restoration Network and a coalition of conservation organizations, advocates for alternatives to pesticides, and fishing groups cheered the victory. These groups brought a lawsuit to demand reasonable fish protections from the insecticides, some of which are derived from nerve toxins developed during World War II.

San Geronimo Golf Course Restoration Project Update

The San Geronimo Golf Course Bank Stabilization Project kicked off this month with the help of contractors, 15 volunteers, and SPAWN interns and staff. First, contractors widened the steep banks that lined the incised creek channel to promote a more natural floodplain environment and better transport sediment including important spawning gravel for native endangered coho salmon.

Meet SPAWN’s Watershed Biologist Preston Brown

In case you haven’t already bumped into Turtle Island’s Watershed Biologist Preston Brown on Friday’s at the native plant nursery or seen him driving the newly donated truck to a restoration site or wondered ‘who is that guy in the creek?’ read on to learn about him and his role at SPAWN.

California drought helps coho salmon migration

California’s massive drought has spelled bad news for many of the state’s fish. But in a strange twist, it appears to have been a boon to coho salmon migrating from a Northern California creek.

California drought helps coho salmon migration

“It’s kind of a fluke of nature that allowed those fish to survive in the first place, and now these fish are leaving during an El Nino event,” said Todd Steiner, executive director of the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, which assists with the annual salmon count. “El Nino usually means less deep-ocean upwellings and therefore less food in the ocean, so we may still end up with less fish returning.”

Building Homes for Reptiles and Amphibians

An innovative habitat development program is underway at our native plant garden. This program provides hidden-in-plain-sight niche habitats for local riparian wildlife on our

Restoration Roadmap for Golf Course

The rolling 110-acre San Geronimo Golf Course in rural West Marin is in many ways the last hope for California’s endangered coastal coho salmon. It is one of the last large uninterrupted parcels of creekside habitat where a lot of potential exists to restore and improve critical habitat for the benefit of our native coho salmon.

Preserving our Wild Fish

Watch this video about our native steelhead and salmon, which are part of a magnificent natural heritage in the central coast of California.

Growing Giants

After countless hours in the native plant nursery, William and his team learned more about the methods and the science behind redwood germination and propagation and have grown nearly 400 new individual redwoods this year alone.

Salmon Migrating to the Sea

Lagunitas Coho Salmon are federally listed as Endangered. Only around 5,000 adults remain today from a population that formerly produced over 100,000 spawning fish.

State Funds Salmon Restoration

Turtle Island Restoration Network’s SPAWN program will improve a migration passage at Roy’s Pools by developing a more gradually elevated, navigable passage upstream.

California Naturalist Program: Discovery, Action, Stewardship

“I just completed the spring California Naturalist course with SPAWN and it was amazing. As a native to the Bay Area, I felt incredibly ignorant of the natural world surrounding me. This course provided me with so much information and increased my knowledge…”

Smolt Traps

See our team of scientists setting up smolt traps to monitor the health of our native endangered coho salmon.

Conflicted Marin Supervisors Add Sudden Death Clause to Salmon Ordinance

Save Marin Salmon Coalition Grows to 30 U.S. West Coast Conservation, Fishing and Animal Rights Groups. In an absurd and desperate move to pass a legally questionable streamside ordinance, Marin County supervisors have added a “sudden death” clause that would nullify it if anyone files a lawsuit against it. Anticipating that the proposed streamside ordinance will not stand up to county, state or federal environmental laws, the supervisors will also allow a rush on building permits in salmon critical habitat as soon as it is approved.

Salmon Protection Advocates File Lawsuit Against Flawed Marin County Streamside Ordinance

First Coho Salmon Spawners of the Season Spotted in Lagunitas Creek. SAN RAFAEL, Calif.– Salmon protection groups filed a lawsuit today against Marin County for adopting a flawed “streamside conservation ordinance” that lacks science-based measures to protect salmon streams and habitat. The ordinance allows excessive development along streams that are critical to the survival of endangered coho salmon.

Stream Conservation Ordinance Goes Back to the Drawing Board

Moratorium of Development in San Geronimo Valley Remains In Place. Olema, CA– In a decision applauded by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), the Marin County Board of Supervisors rejected a proposed version of a court-ordered Stream Conservation Area Ordinance for the County on June 18. SPAWN strongly supports stream area conservation rules based on sound scientific data. However, the draft ordinance fell well short of this standard, while also failing to provide effective habitat protection for critically endangered Central California Coho Salmon and steelhead trout.

County of Marin Failing to Protect Critical Habitat for Endangered Coho Salmon

Olema, CA– More than a 135 leading scientists from around the State and across the country criticized Marin County’s current draft stream conservation ordinance (draft SCA) in an open letter to Marin Supervisors, calling on them to close major loopholes. The scientists agreed that failure to do so will likely result in the extinction of Marin’s critically endangered coho salmon.

New Plan to Save Marin’s Coho Salmon

The Federal Government unveiled a sweeping plan to try and restore West Marin County’s dwindling Coho salmon population, one of the last watersheds in California where the endangered fish return to spawn.

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration described the recovery plan as a long-term roadmap toward restoring the Coho’s numbers, which have declined sharply since the 1940s when California’s population in was estimated at around a half-million.

SPAWN Receives Land Parcel Inside Stream Conservation Area in San Geronimo Valley

Coho salmon became a little bit safer with a donation of an undeveloped parcel inside Marin’s Stream Conservation Area along Redwood Drive near Woodacre Creek to SPAWN, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network. This is the fifth creekside parcel SPAWN has acquired through its C-SALT, or Coho-Salmon Land Trust initiative.

New Report Identifies California Coho as species Facing Extinction as a Result of Mismanagement of Water & Watersheds

San Francisco – Two species of Pacific salmon – Winter-run Chinook and Central California Coastal Coho, Southern Mountain Yellow legged frog, Sierra Nevada Yellow legged frog, and the San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat comprise five of many species of wildlife being impacted by water problems in California, according to a new report released this week by the Endangered Species Coalition. Water Woes: How Dams, Diversions, Dirty Water and Drought Put America’s Wildlife at Risk examines the ways that decreasing water quality and reduced water quantity threaten imperiled species in ten important ecosystems across the United States.

Superior Court Judge Hands Down Final Judgment on Streamside Development to Protect Endangered Coho Salmon in Marin County’s San Geronimo Valley

San Rafael– Superior Court judge, Lynn Duryee, issued her final order today, ordering Marin County to stop issuing development approvals within 100 feet of streams in West Marin’s San Geronimo Valley, which harbors the largest remaining run of critically endangered coho salmon in Central California, until the County adopts a new Stream Area Conservation Ordinance.

SPAWN Launches New UC Collaborative California Naturalist Training

West Marin is focus of state-wide Naturalist skills training course. Marin County, CA- The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) is offering a new training course in partnership with the University of California (UC) to train the next generation of skilled naturalists in California. The course will be taught in Corte Madera by a team of expert naturalists, and focuses on the geology, biodiversity, and rare species (including the Bay Area’s critically endangered coho salmon) in the Lagunitas Creek watershed and the Point Reyes peninsula in West Marin County

Summer Salmon Rescuers Team Up

The creeks along the Lagunitas Watershed dry-up in summer, trapping endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout in pools.

Diverse Groups Rebuff Litigation Against SPAWN

San Francisco – The First District California State Appeals Court will hear arguments Wednesday, April 11, on the legality of a tolling agreement under state environmental laws that was made between salmon protection advocates and the County of Marin in 2008 to prevent litigation. Organizations that usually line up on opposite sides of property rights disputes are lining up in opposition to the lawsuit challenging the tolling agreement filed by homeowners in San Geronimo Valley who oppose strong measures to prevent the extinction of Coho salmon in local creeks.

Weekend Rain Spawns Salmon Run

It’s a rite of passage normally spread out through the winter months; except this year’s lack of rain has put a damper on their travel plans.

January 2012 Coho Update

Dear Friends and Naturalists, There are now 20 new coho redds and 84 live coho in Lagunitas Creek! Almost all of these fish are

Spawners at Irving Bridge

Hi Folks, I just got back from the creek and saw 6 spawners all in the vicinity of Irving Bridge. DOWNSTREAM of the bridge,

SPAWN Creekwalk

Today I co-led a fantastic Creekwalk with 3 groups totaling almost 50 people. We split up into small groups along the creek, with a

November 19, 2011

It was my pleasure to lead the first SPAWN Creekwalk of the 2011-2012 coho salmon spawning season, and share coho stories with three troops of Girl

Superior Court Rules Against Disgruntled Residents Attempt to Have Salmon Lawsuit Thrown Out of Court

Marin County Civic Center (August 10, 2011)–Today Superior Court Judge Lynn Duryee ruled that a handful of landowners, cannot hijack SPAWN’s lawsuit to protect coho salmon by having the case thrown out of court. The landowners intervened into the suit solely to prevent the court from hearing the merits ofSPAWN’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) claims. Even the County agreed with SPAWN that the court should hear and resolve the lawsuit.

SPAWN’s FREE Summer Salmon Institute for Teachers Highlights the Connection of Local Watersheds to Ocean Health

A continuing professional development program in environmental education for Marin County, CA- The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) is offering a unique professional development training in partnership with NOAA’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program to teachers throughout the San Francisco Bay area for a second year. Focused on salmon as the connection between oceans and inland watersheds, the Summer Salmon Institute combines expert instructors with standards-based curriculum to provide teachers the skills and tools to connect students to their watersheds year-round.

10,000 Rain Gardens Project Final Report Now Available

SPAWN and MMWD Project Issues Future Recommendations. The final report of the 10,000 Rain Garden Project, a partnership between MMWD and SPAWN, was released this week to MMWD directors and the public. In December 2009, the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) Board of Directors selected and contracted with SPAWN, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, to launch the one-year rainwater harvesting pilot program to encourage innovative water conservation projects within the district.

Salmon Protection and Watershed Network Partners with Marin-Based Firm

SPAWN Will Receive Donations for Salmon Protection through Home Transactions. Olema, CA. The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) has launched a new partnership with “My Broker Donates”, a Marin-based firm dedicated to providing contributions to nonprofit organizations through real estate transactions and referrals.

Whispers and Rumors

Whispers. Rumors. The creek is alive with them. “Have you seen any salmon?” “No, but earlier there were three near Leo Cronin, a female

My First Spawner Survey

Nervously, we took a step forward, certain that one false footfall would result in a face-full of frigid water. Shadowy tree stumps and submerged

The Wild Connection

At the news of Coho redds and salmonids in Lagunitas Creek last week (14 adult Coho and 5 redds), my draw to get out

Coho Sightings!

Good news at last! A report of a coho carcass (probably male) came in today. Evidently the fish met an otter somewhere in San

Considering the Trees

Last Saturday’s creek tour made for a beautiful day out, despite the lack of spawners in the creek. New naturalists Lisa Thompson and Ora

The Charming Ensatina

Carrie upturned a decomposing old log and showed us the lovely slender salamander and an ensatina crouching beneath, to a rounded chorus of “awwwwwwwes.”

First Fish!

Halloween on the creek, and not much was happening unless you count crazy beauty, amazing leaf reflections in the stream, chickadee calls and killer

From the Creek

The 2010/2011 season is off to a great start. Only October 26, 2010, and already we’ve had more than five inches of rain. Rain

Creekwalks are coming!

In just two weeks, SPAWN’s annual Creekwalks begin! With these early rains, the coho might already be poised by Tomales Bay, ready to swim

GLOBAL WORK PARTY!

Thanks to all who came out and joined SPAWN for the 350.org 10/10/10 Global Workparty! We had a wonderful time performing restoration on Lagunitas Creek floodplain

Rehabilitating a Redwood Grove

Wonderful volunteers (new and old) including Mike, Pax, Julia, and Kay came out and helped us continue our work at 7410 Sir Francis Drake

“One, Two, Three, Save Some For Me” Youth-Based Watershed Conservation

SPAWN’s Roots & Shoots Program Launches in Marin County with an Art Challenge in the Classrooms! Summer 2010– Marin’s Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) has joined forces with Jane Goodall’s global environmental and humanitarian program for youth called “Roots & Shoots.” As a registered Roots & Shoots partner, SPAWN will host youth community service projects providing opportunities for local students to demonstrate their care for the environment through art and watershed conservation projects. SPAWN will launch their new program this fall with a project dedicated to raising community awareness about water conservation. Directed towards local classrooms, this project strives to instill conscious use of natural resources in hope that youth can support a better future for currently imperiled aquatic species such as wild salmon.

COUNTY OF MARIN FAILS TO PROTECT CRITICAL HABITAT FOR ENDANGERED COHO SALMON

Leading Aquatic Scientists Call on Supervisors to End Delays for Coho Stream Protections. Olema, CA- Leading aquatic scientists are publicly calling on Marin County Supervisors to take immediate action to protect critical habitat for the Bay Area’s last-remaining wild run of endangered coho salmon habitat, and end their delay tactics.

Landowners in the San Geronimo Valley Receive Financial Help from Salmon Restorationists

Six Non-County Maintained’ Dirt Roads To Be Improved To Reduce Stream Sedimentaton & Road Failures. The Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) has received Federal stimulus and state funds to help repair non-County maintained dirt roads in the San Geronimo Valley in partnership with over 50 local landowners in 2010 and 2011. Called “Taking Action for Clean Water,” the program will serve to upgrade dirt roads to stem erosion into salmon streams as well as improve the surfaces for community safety.

New Stewards of the Land

Another group of CCC project Regen students joined us at our offices today! The transformation at 9255 Sir Francis Drake has been incredible to watch. The

HAPPY EARTH DAY 2010!!!

The SPAWN team and our wonderful volunteers help erected a NEW shadehouse for our expanding native plant nursery in Tocaloma! Along with establishing a new nursery location, volunteers

California Coho Salmon in Dire Straits

The collapse of Central California Coast coho salmon population is imminent, according to a report by the National Marine Fisheries in late December 2009.

Rain aids West Marin salmon spawn

The celebrated salmon of west Marin County are taking advantage of the badly needed rain and are wriggling their way in surprising numbers toward

Chance to watch spawning salmon

Spawning salmon are back in Lagunitas Creek in Marin County. Naturalists are leading creek walks to see the fish – some up to 2

New Water Conservation Partnership Between SPAWN and MMWD Will Promote Rainwater Harvesting in Marin

San Geronimo–Fourteen water cisterns, ranging in size from 300 to 3,000 gallons arrived today in San Geronimo as SPAWN, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network announced its new 10,000 Raingardens Project

“Our program is designed to help both our creeks and residents,” said Paola Bouley, SPAWN’s Conservation Director. She continued, “These projects help protect the environment in multiple ways while conserving water from our reservoirs for drinking and household use.

The Salmon Enhancement Plan: Why San Geronimo Valley Salmon Need Our Support

The County has released the draft San Geronimo Valley Salmon Enhancement Plan (SEP) for public comment and it is important to highlight some basic facts about this plan.

The SEP was produced by highly qualified scientific consultants, hired by the County, to review the biological data on endangered coho, and existing habitat conditions for the salmon in the San Geronimo Valley (SGV), and to make recommendations for pulling this species back from the brink of extinction.

SPAWN reports indicate coho salmon populations in Marin survive driest conditions on record!

San Geronimo, Marin County, CA– The summer sun beats down on Marin County creeks as endangered coho salmon in the San Geronimo Valley are fighting to survive through another drought-stricken year. A series of reports released today by the Marin’s watershed organization, SPAWN, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network, documents that coho salmon, who normally only spend their first 1.5 years of life in local creeks, were locked in drying streams and inhibited from migrating to sea during last year’s spring drought of record

Community Tours to Prepare Bay Area Residents to Harvest the Rains

The first rains of the season that fell over Marin two weeks ago had San Rafael resident Lisa Chipkin outside her home excitedly studying how the rainwater was flowing on her property. She was gathering information to help her transform her property from one that wastes rainwater by diverting it as runoff down storm drains, to one that values it as a resource to benefit her landscape and surrounding stream eco-systems.

“Restoration Day”

Up early. Eat breakfast – many calories to burn. Though the temp will soon reach 90, long sleeves must be worn. For my enemy

Hot Days, Cool nights

Our restoration continues at Roy’s Pools where we have maintained our fight against expanding invasive blackberry. We have installed larger protectors as our plants

The long dry season!

This month SPAWN has started to restore its Lagunitas House property. We have been working every weekend this month to remove invasive hypericum(St. Johns Wart), vinca,

Summer Restoration Fun!

Summer is here, which means restoration is in full swing on both Saturdays and weekdays. We are joined several times a week now by

Summer in Full Swing!

Wow! What a busy month and a half at SPAWN. In May we welcomed two new Americorps Watershed Stewards Project Interns, Andrew and Claire, who now

Earth Day Adventures!

SPAWN held two restoration efforts surrounding this year’s Earth Day. The first was at our very own Roy’s Pools. We planted a TON of lupin by the

Several Super Saturdays!

The first two restoration days in April were wonderful! Although we had smaller groups of volunteers, we accomplished a great deal. The 4th was

Clearing the Way!

We’ve had great crews the last two Saturdays! Both restoration days were spent attacking the Vinca Minor which skirts the edge of the fairway

Another Successful Saturday

Well, the sun didn’t shine but the rain held off long enough for a great crew of volunteers to beat back the invasive Himalayan

The Restoration Continues!

Great weather and an even better turnout led to an AMAZING day of restoration! Volunteers from all over came out and really put forth an amazing

Diggin’ It !

The rain gave us yet another break as we tackled buried blackberry roots on the far side of Roy’s Pools. Lively discussions and jokes

The Root of the Problem…

Another sunny Saturday! The nice weather brought out many new (and very old) volunteers of all ages for an exciting day of restoration. We

..a LOVE-ly day..

Valentines Day brought SPAWN volunteers & friends a short reprieve in the much needed rain that has been filling our creeks and streams! A rainy morning

Slowly But Surely…

This past Saturday was bright and clear and we had a great turnout of volunteers, both new and old, to continue our blackberry removal

Sunny Saturday at Roy’s Pools

With the sun shining and the creek trickling by, myself and 11 other SPAWN volunteers worked shoulder to shoulder along Roy’s Pools to clear out an

California Fishing Industry in Crisis

LAGUNITAS CREEK, CA (KGO) – A startling new report issued by an environmental advocacy group finds California’s fish are in crisis. It predicts nearly two-thirds

Water conservation plan eases droughts

The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), with funding from the Marin Community Foundation, has launched its Stormwater Catchment and Water Conservation Initiative for

San Geronimo Valley Listed as a Priority Conservation Area By Association of Bay Area Governments

ABAG Priority conservation areas are areas of regional significance that have broad community support and an urgent need for protection. These areas provide important agricultural, natural resource, historical, scenic, cultural, recreational, and/or ecological values and ecosystem functions. Knowing the region’s conservation priorities for targeting acquisition efforts will promote collaboration and investment in these areas that are critical to the region’s quality of life and ecological diversity.

Oysters vs. Wilderness in Point Reyes National Seashore

The high powered PR firm hired by the oyster company operating inside one of the Bay Area’s prized jewels, Point Reyes National Seashore, has made quite an effort in the last few days to generate alarming news headlines by twisting the facts in the 50 page Inspector General’s (IG) report for its paying client, Drakes Bay Oyster Company.

Water Conservation Initiative Protects Against Drought, Fight Global Warming & Helps Protect Salmon Streams

The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), with funding from the Marin Community Foundation, has launched its Stormwater Catchment & Water Conservation Initiative for Marin County residences and businesses.

The simple idea behind the program is to collect and store rainwater in the wet winter months and use it for irrigating gardens, lawns and landscaping in the dry spring and summer months.

Helping You Help the Watershed

This summer promises to be an exciting and productive season for local residents interested in joining together with the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network

Away With The Blackberry!

Here at SPAWN’s office we have a beautiful scenery out back next to the creek. All of the staff love to go next to the

Big Nasty Broom!

SPAWN’s volunteers have been recently removing the invasive Scotch Broom on the property of Giacomini along San Geronimo Creek. This site is heavily covered

Super Saturday

Saturday’s volunteer group was remarkable! Things started off with Chris Pincetich, SPAWN’s new Watershed Biologist, recruiting volunteer, Angie, all the way from the East Bay!

Where have all the coho gone?

FEWER endangered coho salmon are spawning in Marin this season than at any time in the past dozen years – and biologists don’t know why.

MARIN SALMON POPULATIONS PLUMMET

The spawning season for endangered coho salmon of Marin is the worst recorded in 12 years, causing high levels of concern by biologists who have been working to monitor and restore the endangered populations following a decade of stable or slightly increasing spawning numbers. Marin’s Lagunitas Watershed, located just 25 miles from downtown San Francisco, and one of the Bay Area’s most beloved salmon runs, boasts the largest remaining population of coho salmon left in Central California and upwards of 20% of the State’s total. Coho have already gone extinct in 90 percent of California streams that once supported this species.

Missing coho in Redwood Creek may be latest fallout of oil spill

Spawning endangered coho salmon have yet to appear in Redwood Creek, raising fears that Cosco Busan oil spill may have driven the fish away.

“No coho have come up Redwood Creek so far this year,” said Steve Hampton, of the state Department of Fish and Game, at a meeting Tuesday night in Mill Valley to discuss the effects of the spill on Marin.

Oil Spill Impact Assessment for Redwood Creek Coho Salmon

Letter submitted to NOAA and CA DFG. The Redwood Creek coho salmon run comes in from the Pacific Ocean at Muir Beach in Marin County and is closely monitored each year by biologists from the National Park Service. Redwood Creek coho congregate off Muir Beach at the start of the rainy season waiting for seasonal rains to break the berm at Muir Beach so they can begin their upstream migration. On the date of the oil spill, November 7th, 2007, that berm had not yet broken. Thus the fish were likely directly offshore — and may have been in the path of the oil that affected coastal Marin and particularly Muir Beach.

Salmon Spawning Season is Here!

Terre Verde speaks with watershed biologists from the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network and the Natural Heritage Institute about salmon runs in Marin County

LEADING SCIENTISTS CRITICIZE MARIN SUPERVISORS OVER LACK OF PROTECTIONS FOR ENDANGERED SALMON

Hundreds of Scientists and Thousands of Residents Call on Supervisors to Enact Stronger Creek Protections. San Rafael–Marin County Supervisors are being told by California’s leading scientists with affiliations from almost every leading university in the State and the California Academy of Sciences, that current and proposed policies regarding Marin’s coho salmon do not adequately protect this critically endangered species and are likely to lead to their extirpation.

San Geronimo Valley Nominated as Priority Conservation Area

Nominations were being accepted through August 17 for designation of priority conservation areas in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area that contain lands important for protection via fee title acquisition or easement over the next few years through local governments and organizations.

Will coho salmon survive us?

RECENT DECISIONS by Marin supervisors may destroy any chance of saving the critically endangered coho salmon from extirpation in Marin’s most important watershed, the San

Harvesting rain for a dry day

Paola Bouley unscrews the lid on the fifth in a line of bulging plastic barrels behind the storage shed and leans forward, peering into

Marin’s Salmon Population

Noahlani Litwinsella and SPAWN biologist, Paola Bouley, talk about Marin’s salmon population and what Bay Area residents can do to help these endangered species.

Coho Salmon in West Marin

Since their listing as endangered in 1997, wild coho salmon have begun a slow but steady comeback to their native Central California streams. The

Harvesting Stormwater, Saving our Endangered Salmon and Creeks

A new kind of “creek friendly” project designed to protect local salmon populations will be unveiled this week at the Lagunitas School in Marin County, CA, with a ribbon-cutting attended by students and staff of the school, volunteers and the Marin-based non-profit, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network.

Take care of our water

I would like to thank the Marin Municipal Water District for sending a letter to residents in the Lagunitas Creek watershed asking them not

New Consumer Pesticide Warnings Will Protect Salmon

Thousands Of Home And Garden Stores To Carry. Home and garden stores up and down the West Coast will warn consumers of the dangers to salmon posed by seven common pesticides. Last week, “Salmon Hazard” signs were distributed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of a legal settlement with consumer and salmon advocates.

Coho Home For The Holidays

The first big rains of winter have attracted a roiling menagerie to the creeks and tributaries in Marin County’s lush San Geronimo Valley, where

GREEN Salmon Season

With winter rains arriving, the region’s rivers and streams are swelling. In Marin, the increased flow in streams like Lagunitas Creek allows one of

Woodacre Salmon Passage Restored

A section of Woodacre Creek that once ran underneath a tennis court has been restored, allowing endangered coho salmon a better chance of survival.

Bay Area Coho Salmon Listing Changed to Endangered

New rules under the Endangered Species Act have changed the status of Central California Coast (CCC) coho salmon to the more protective “endangered” status from it previous “threatened” listing.

The review of Endangered Species Act status for all West Coast salmon and steelhead and the new hatchery policy were prompted by a 2001 federal court ruling that required consideration of artificially spawned fish from a hatchery.

County of Marin Denied Rehearing on its Violations of CEQA

California Court of Appeals Consents to Conservationists Request to Publish Important Decision. San Francisco, CA– After a unanimous decision by the California Court of Appeals confirming its violation of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) in the “SPAWN et al vs the County of Marin and Josh Hedlund” in December 2004, the County of Marin petitioned the Court for a rehearing which was denied on January 18, 2005.

County of Marin in Violation of CEQA

Ruling by California Court of Appeals Requires CEQA Review for New House in Sensitive Creekside Habitat. San Francisco, CA– In a unanimous decision, the California Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling by Marin Superior Court that the County of Marin was in violation of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) when they approved the development of a new house in “sensitive creekside habitat” without first completing the proper environmental review.

Salmon returning to Marin creeks

Federally protected coho salmon are slowly but surely making their way back to the creeks of Marin to spawn with a little help from

Enormouswater tank provokes West Marin

Jean Berensmeir, a San Geronimo Valley resident since 1962, hoisted an enlarged color photograph above her head during a public meeting this week that

County drops appeal of stream ruling

Marin County has dropped its appeal of a court ruling that upheld environmental protection of creeks and streams by limiting the building of homes

Another Non-Native Species Found in West Marin’s Creeks

Forest Knolls, CA – The recent discovery of a nine inch long non-native spiny softshell turtle in Marin’s Lagunitas Creek Watershed has caused environmental groups and state agencies to warn of the potential harmful impact on native species, especially coho salmon and steelhead trout. This recent discovery adds to a growing list of alien species ranging from channel catfish to bullfrogs to large mouth bass. Groups are calling on the public to not release non-native species, such as unwanted exotic pets, into the wild and remind them that such releases are illegal

U.S. District Court Keeps No-Spray Pesticide Buffers in Place to Protect Salmon

Seattle–The Seattle District Court has denied a motion to suspend its January 2004 injunction prohibiting the spraying of certain pesticides near salmon streams in California, Oregon and Washington. The pesticide industry group CropLife and grower groups had requested a stay that would remove safeguards for salmon while they appeal the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Court Ruling Challenges Widespread County Planning Practices

In a victory for local environmentalists seeking to protect endangered species habitat, Marin County Superior Court Judge Lynn Duryee has issued a Tentative Ruling against the County of Marin, the Board of Supervisors and landowner Joshua Hedlund. If allowed to stand, and if subsequently pursued by Marin environmental organizations, the ruling could be a cornerstone for widespread changes in County planning practices.

County of Marin Found to Be in Violation of CEQA in Approving New House on Sensitive Creekside Habitat

Marin Superior Court Judge Stops Creekside Development Along San Geronimo Creek in West Marin. Marin County, CA– Late Friday afternoon (11/07/03) Marin Superior Court Judge Lynn Duryee ruled last week that the County of Marin was in violation of CEQA(California Environmental Quality Act) when they approved the development of a new house in “sensitive creekside habitat” without first completing the proper environmental review.

Salmon Info, Activities and Gifts Surfaces at Lagunitas Deli

The Lagunitas Deli and Grocery and SPAWN (Salmon Protection And Watershed Network) have teamed up to provide Marin County residents and visitors with a one-stop shop to get information and resources to help protect one of the largest populations of wild coho salmon left in

Barriers to Salmon Migration Prioritized for Repair

Forest Knolls, CA– SPAWN, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network, has completed a study of known barriers that block fish from migrating into the San Geronimo Valley to spawn, in order to prioritize those in need of repair to help restore populations of coho salmon and steelhead trout in the Lagunitas Watershed, Marin County