Sustainable Salmon Policies

Through strategic litigation and promoting sustainable local policies, SPAWN works to ensure the endangered coho salmon and other wildlife that depend on Marin County streams for their continued existence are protected.

Marin County’s Lagunitas Creek Watershed is one of the most important waterways left for critically endangered Central California Coast coho salmon. But decades of neglect has allowed salmon habitat to continuously be damaged and degraded.

To save coho salmon from extinction and promote healthy water quality for residents, SPAWN provides indisputable scientific data and calls on decision makers to take speedy and decisive action to protect Marin’s coho salmon and expand their chances for recovery to sustainable population levels. Currently, the Marin County Board of Supervisors can ensure protections for coho salmon by passing a science-based, common-sense Streamside Conservation Area Ordinance. The county originally planned to adopt such an ordinance in 2007 when it last updated its Countywide Plan. But 12 years later, the measure has still not materialized. The county’s failure to adopt a streamside conservation ordinance to preserve vegetation, maintain water quality and prevent erosion will impact populations of endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout, a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act.

Our Impact

Suing the County of Marin for failing to protect coho.

Challenging the adequacy of the environmental analysis conducted for a countywide plan.

Mobilizing our community to advocate on behalf of their coho.

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