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Endangered Salmon Rescued from Creeks by SPAWN and CA Fish & Wildlife Staff During 4th Year of Drought
Last week Turtle Island Restoration Network ‘s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) teamed up with CA Fish & Wildlife biologists to rescue salmon trapped in drying pools including “Roy’s Pools,” located on the San Geronimo Golf Course and El Cerrito Creek, a small tributary of San Geronimo Creek.
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.
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…
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.
Autodesk and SPAWN are teaming up to save Marin’s endangered coho salmon and restore the fishes critical habitat in Lagunitas Creek Watershed.
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.
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.
So Delicious Dairy Free to Award $30,000 to best ideas that protect the planet – What’s your idea to save marine wildlife? Eugene, OR, April
Despite the legions of lampreys counted and a marked increase in steelhead, SPAWN biologists remain concerned about our native, endangered coho salmon population as few coho smolts have been seen.
Our native plant nursery located at office headquarters is a busy hub of action in the spring. Already SPAWN has transplanted a large number of plants, which we grew from seeds sown last summer and fall. These native plants will be used to restore degraded creekside coho salmon habitat.
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.
A plan for a small creekside home in Lagunitas drew support from county planners this week despite protests from fishery activists that habitat for
A constructive alliance has been forged, bringing the San Geronimo Golf Course and the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network together to improve natural habitat
Marin’s fish will be the beneficiaries of $1 million in state grants that will be used to improve creek habitat, including in the San
Submit a photo of yourself, including your reason for protecting wild coho, with the tag #savemarinscoho and have your voice heard! You are a
Watch this volunteer video to learn more about opportunities with Turtle Island. It was beautifully put together by Shane Cooney a student at Sir
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.
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.
You can help save Marin’s Coho Salmon from the brink of extinction by taking the following three actions: 1. Attend one of the three
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.
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.
RSVP to January & February SPAWN Creek Walks Steelhead trout will soon start their run in our creeks, and can sometimes be seen alongside
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!
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.
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.
Nearly 50 people gathered in the Bolinas Firehouse’s cramped conference room on Tuesday night to hash out the future of mosquito control in West Marin.
State fisheries biologists recently reported some disturbing news: the coho salmon that typically spawn near Muir Woods had vanished. Recent rainstorms may be helping
In honor of Turtle Island’s 25th year, I am excited to announce that our Board of Directors will match donations through December 31 dollar for dollar up to $25,000!
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Migrating Chinook salmon have entered Lagunitas Creek (through Tomales Bay from the Pacific Ocean) and are now spawning. These Central California Coastal Chinook Salmon
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.’
The holiday’s are just around the corner and if you are like me you are starting to think about what gifts to give to loved ones during winter celebrations. This year, as you prepare your gift list consider making purchases online from Smile.Amazon.com.
Protecting our endangered species requires a balance that includes the needs of all the people of Marin County, and not just the private interests
Migrating Chinook salmon have entered Lagunitas Creek (through Tomales Bay from the Pacific Ocean) and are now spawning.
Imagine Samuel P. Taylor State Park’s Lagunitas Creek glistening with thousands of migrating and spawning coho salmon. Fifty years ago this was reality. Four
With the local salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act, environmentalists say the best place to focus recovery efforts is in the area that
Turtle Island Restoration Network, an international ocean and marine conservation organization headquartered in Marin, has hired Kentfield native Doug Karpa as a staff attorney.
Our team of habitat restoration volunteers has been hard at work planting native trees and shrubs along the banks of a small creek that
60 students from Marin Primary Middle School unplugged from their Ipads to spend the week at Clem Miller Environmental Education Center in Point Reyes.
It was an awesome day, following up with Sasha Prosser’s class at Clem miller Environmental Education Center. To say these students had a meaningful
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
Volunteers were busy at Turtle Island headquarters in west Marin County making signs and costumes for NorCal’s version of the People’s Climate March, which
Contact: Todd Steiner, Executive Director, Turtle Island Restoration Network (415) 488-7652; TSteiner@SeaTurtles.Org Corte Madera, Calif. (September 15, 2014) – Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And
Corte Madera, Calif. (September 13, 2014) – Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program received the prestigious Charles McGlashan Environmental
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are excited to introduce SPAWN’s newest salmonid habitat restoration intern, Kim Horrell. Kim grew up in San Diego, and went to the University of California, Santa Cruz where she majored in anthropology and environmental studies, and studied abroad in Italy and Nepal.
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.
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.
The forest and the ecosystem surrounding a creek is just as important as the creek itself to the survival of endangered Central California Coast
The No. 1 protector of California’s endangered coho salmon, Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN), is partnering with the No.
Part of Turtle Island Restoration Network’s mission is to support and encourage the next generation of conservationists. Our residential internship program does just that
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.
“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.”
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).
Environmentalists who want to bolster endangered coho salmon populations are hoping to launch an initiative to purchase homes along San Geronimo Creek, make them fish-friendly, then return them to market at affordable prices.
FAIRFAX (CBS SF) — An environmental group has a unusual plan to help protect endangered coho salmon -– buy up homes along a Marin
Charity Navigator, a guide to responsible giving and one of the most used independent evaluator of charities, has awarded Turtle Island Restoration Network the prestigious 4-star rating.
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
Turtle Island Restoration Network and a coalition of advocates for alternatives to pesticides, conservation organizations, and fishing groups have reached a significant agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
We are delighted to welcome Jeremy Rich to our native plant nursery team for the summer! Jeremy brings with him a wealth of knowledge
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.
Watch this video about our native steelhead and salmon, which are part of a magnificent natural heritage in the central coast of California.
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.
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.
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.
Four coho salmon restoration projects for West Marin are collecting more than a half-million dollars in state grant money to help the endangered species.
“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…”
Turtle Island Restoration Network is proud to announce the roll out of our new, visually stunning website – SeaTurtles.Org!
Guest Blog: In British Columbia, Canada, there is an immediate danger to wild salmon and to human health: the more than one hundred open net-cage Atlantic salmon feedlots (salmon farms) along wild salmon migration routes off the east and west coasts of Vancouver Island.
The California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program announced 2014 funding totaling $525,307 for four projects in West Marin.
This letter shows that leading scientist like Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Peter Moyle and Dr. John McCosker all support for stronger, science-based protections for coho critical habitat in Marin County.
See our smolt trap volunteers in action by viewing our photo gallery.
See our team of scientists setting up smolt traps to monitor the health of our native endangered coho salmon.
Turtle Island’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) won a legal battle with the County of Marin to protect the last population of wild California coho coastal salmon.
“Todd Steiner brings an uncompromising commitment to the Earth’s wildlife and deep expertise in ocean campaigns, including tireless work to protect dolphins from tuna fishing and closing endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle habitat to drift gillnetting,”
SPAWN to offer rain-harvesting cisterns at discounted bulk pricing to help communities, streams and salmon.
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.
State Fair Political Practices Commission lawyers advised the county a week ago that because Supervisors Steve Kinsey, Katie Rice and Susan Adams own homes
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.
In an escalating campaign to pressure Marin County supervisors to protect endangered coho salmon from extinction, yesterday twenty-two conservation and fishing organizations from across
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.
Reward Offered for Information Leading to Conviction. Marin, CA – On the evening of Tuesday the 14th, an important and expensive conservation tool used to count endangered fish populations was vandalized and the subject of theft. The theft was recorded and the video has been published on-line.
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.
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.
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.
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
The creeks along the Lagunitas Watershed dry-up in summer, trapping endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout in pools.
Helping hands gathered Wednesday morning along Barranca Creek in Lagunitas to save federally threatened steelhead trout from a certain death. After the lush winter
Source: NBC Bay Area View The Original Source The creeks along the Lagunitas Watershed dry-up in summer, trapping endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead
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.
On a dreary late January morning, I join a small group of guardedly optimistic souls to scan the creeks of West Marin’s San Geronimo
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.
CBS Channel 5 Interviewing SPAWN’s own Todd Steiner at the Innkwells
Dear Friends and Naturalists, There are now 20 new coho redds and 84 live coho in Lagunitas Creek! Almost all of these fish are
Hi Folks, I just got back from the creek and saw 6 spawners all in the vicinity of Irving Bridge. DOWNSTREAM of the bridge,
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
An interview with SPAWN Executive Director Todd Steiner
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.
Your Purchase of Fine Wine Can Help SPAWN Save Salmon!
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.
Coho Salmo Winter Spawning Run in Lagunitas Creek at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Marin County, California USA
The largest remaining run of Central California Coho Salmon “The largest remaining run of Central California coho is found in the Bay Area, in
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.
On March 10 and 11, 2011, SPAWN and kids from kindergarten to 6th grade planted natives at the site cleared last year at the Lagunitas School
Our restoration day started with an ear-throbbing chorus of Ferraris (they weren’t on their way to help remove invasive species). As they sped by
Trying to spot the elusive coho salmon is like searching for shooting stars in a mildly light-polluted environment. You know they’re there, and occasionally
Whispers. Rumors. The creek is alive with them. “Have you seen any salmon?” “No, but earlier there were three near Leo Cronin, a female
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
At the news of Coho redds and salmonids in Lagunitas Creek last week (14 adult Coho and 5 redds), my draw to get out
Good news at last! A report of a coho carcass (probably male) came in today. Evidently the fish met an otter somewhere in San
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
Carrie upturned a decomposing old log and showed us the lovely slender salamander and an ensatina crouching beneath, to a rounded chorus of “awwwwwwwes.”
Halloween on the creek, and not much was happening unless you count crazy beauty, amazing leaf reflections in the stream, chickadee calls and killer
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
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
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
Wonderful volunteers (new and old) including Mike, Pax, Julia, and Kay came out and helped us continue our work at 7410 Sir Francis Drake
Olema (September 14, 2010)– In its efforts to protect endangered salmon and to safeguard the quality of life for all Marin County residents, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) filed suit against Marin County to compel compliance with State and Federal Law.
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.
Aquatic scientists are calling on county supervisors to take action to protect habitat in Marin for the Bay Area’s last remaining wild run of
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.
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.
EAST CINTURA Road in Lagunitas is a pocked and pitted mess, but a half million dollars in federal stimulus money will help smooth the street
Saturday we came out, a strong force of 3 to tackle French Broom! We removed the invasive to prep the area for planting and
Recognized to be the keystone to recovery of extirpated populations along the entire Central California coast, the largest remaining wild-run of these magnificent fish is now teetering on the brink of extinction in Marin County’s Lagunitas Creek Watershed.
Saturday, July 24th we had a crew of 4 dedicated folks to the mission of restoration in the valley. We tended the native plants
On Saturday, July 17 we were a crew of 6 on a plant liberation mission. We succeeded to liberate such native plants as our
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
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
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – You may not think of the rain running through your yard and neighborhood streets as a big polluter. But the Environmental
Marin organizations will receive nearly $730,000 from the state Department of Fish and Game to help ailing salmon on the brink of extinction. A
WALNUT CREEK — An intricate labyrinth of white plastic pipes hug Judy Adler’s home, starting at the gutters and disappearing underground. Only in the
Marin’s vanishing coho salmon may have gotten a boost Thursday with the release of a federal recovery plan that aims to bring the population
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – When it comes to water, California is often subject to extremes, having either way too much or far too little. That
MARIN COUNTY, CA (KGO) – The spawning season for Coho salmon is usually over by this time of year. Sadly, they have now had three
Lagunitas Creek starts high on the north flank of Mount Tamalpais, just north of San Francisco, California, and makes a short run to the
Coho Salmon in Dire Straits It’s looking like another dismal year for the coho salmon of Northern California. The population is already endangered, and
Paola Bouley, conservation program director for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, stands at the Lagunitas Creek access trail, which is closed during coho
The collapse of Central California Coast coho salmon population is imminent, according to a report by the National Marine Fisheries in late December 2009.
The celebrated salmon of west Marin County are taking advantage of the badly needed rain and are wriggling their way in surprising numbers toward
Spawning salmon are back in Lagunitas Creek in Marin County. Naturalists are leading creek walks to see the fish – some up to 2
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network takes responsibility for getting the county to the table to conduct an independent scientific review of the status
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 rite of passage for young coho salmon is a glorious rendezvous with the sea, but three years of drought have left many migrating
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.
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
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.
These swimmers are treading their way through a sea change in habitat
Up early. Eat breakfast – many calories to burn. Though the temp will soon reach 90, long sleeves must be worn. For my enemy
This story was released through the Associated Press and was published on at least 191 individual media outlets including the Marin Independent Journal, San
Name: Julie Vogt Residence: Lagunitas Agency: SPAWN, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network, which works to restore Marin’s streams and endangered salmon populations in the San
Julie Motz hosts the hour long Hot Tech, Cool Science program on KWMR, West Marin’s local radio station, and on Saturday, August 15th, 2009, featured SPAWNWatershed Biologist
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
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 is here, which means restoration is in full swing on both Saturdays and weekdays. We are joined several times a week now by
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
Yes! The first weekend in May brought heavy rains – a welcomed sight for the health of our watershed. Many volunteers worked through the
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
The first two restoration days in April were wonderful! Although we had smaller groups of volunteers, we accomplished a great deal. The 4th was
This summer Forest Knolls resident John Lerch will use recently collected rainwater stored in three large cisterns to irrigate his vegetable garden. His irrigation
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
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 water is back, but the fish are not. Recent rains have reinvigorated creeks throughout Marin County after a bone-dry January. But federally endangered
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
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
Another sunny Saturday! The nice weather brought out many new (and very old) volunteers of all ages for an exciting day of restoration. We
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
This past Saturday was bright and clear and we had a great turnout of volunteers, both new and old, to continue our blackberry removal
The last Saturday Restoration Day of January came with clear, sunny skies once again – bad for the endangered coho but great for those
The war on blackberry continues! Several volunteers showed up for the second week in a row to help clear invasive himalayan blackberry near Roy’s
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
The lack of rain this winter has contributed to what fisheries biologists say is, so far, the worst return of coho salmon in the
It’s been a slow start for the return of coho salmon in Marin’s creeks this winter, raising concerns among biologists that it could be
Lagunitas watershed, which holds the largest remaining Central Californian Coast coho salmon population in the state, was one of the few bright spots in
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
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), with funding from the Marin Community Foundation, has launched its Stormwater Catchment and Water Conservation Initiative for
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.
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.
Staff Biologists Receive Peter Behar Memorial Award from the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and Marin Conservation League’s 2008 Ted Wellman Award Presented to Organization
Endangered fish and their thoroughfares in the San Geronimo Creek Watershed will be the beneficiaries of some $300,000 in funds from the County of
This summer promises to be an exciting and productive season for local residents interested in joining together with the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network
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
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
“For many years of advocacy and work to benefit the water quality of Marin’s watersheds and streams that benefit both fish habitat and the
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!
Kinsey announces building moratorium near valley streams, County partners with SPAWN to protect coho salmon
County supervisors are set to adopt a two-year building moratorium along streams in the San Geronimo Valley while they draft new plans and policies
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fish biologists in West Marin are expressing concern over what is shaping up to be one of the worst coho salmon spawning years on
Terre Verde speaks with watershed biologists from the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network and the Natural Heritage Institute about salmon runs in Marin County
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.
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.
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
Paola Bouley unscrews the lid on the fifth in a line of bulging plastic barrels behind the storage shed and leans forward, peering into
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.
Since their listing as endangered in 1997, wild coho salmon have begun a slow but steady comeback to their native Central California streams. The
San Geronimo Valley Elementary School has found a way to store water for its garden, help fish in a nearby creek and teach kids
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.
Children took turns with nets Tuesday scooping fish from little pools amid the recently dried gravel in the bed of Larsen Creek. Their mission
I would like to thank the Marin Municipal Water District for sending a letter to residents in the Lagunitas Creek watershed asking them not
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.
Local environmentalists are conducting exit interviews of sorts with the fish to get a sense of health of threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.
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
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
“It looks like a fairy-tale house,” a local contractor said, leaning out the window of his pickup truck for a better look at the
A section of Woodacre Creek that once ran underneath a tennis court has been restored, allowing endangered coho salmon a better chance of survival.
The San Geronimo Creek and San Geronimo Creek Valley Golf Course share more than a name: the creek has the highest numbers of spawning
On a muggy afternoon at the San Geronimo Golf Course, contractor Uli Zangpo of Forest Knolls pulled a lever on the console of his
More than a dozen fish hitched a ride in a Saturn station wagon yesterday – a journey that likely saved their lives. In what
A fragile population of coho salmon in the Lagunitas Creek watershed has had its federal status changed from “threatened” to “endangered,” affording the fish
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.
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.
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.
Debate Takes Place on KPFA Morning Show, December 6, 2004 Todd Steiner, executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network, debated NOAA Fisheries Director, Dr.
Federally protected coho salmon are slowly but surely making their way back to the creeks of Marin to spawn with a little help from
November rain completes the natural cycle, raising the rivers and recharging the aquifers, pouring from the air to the earth and back to the
Jean Berensmeir, a San Geronimo Valley resident since 1962, hoisted an enlarged color photograph above her head during a public meeting this week that
Marin County has dropped its appeal of a court ruling that upheld environmental protection of creeks and streams by limiting the building of homes
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
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.
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.
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
Forest Knolls, Marin County – Today, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, better known as SPAWN, announced the release of a new educational brochure that shows the interested public the best places to view threatened coho salmon and steelhead trout.
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