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San Francisco Bay Fund Inventory of Projects

San Francisco Bay Fund Inventory of Projects

Alameda Creek Steelhead Restoration

Organization: Alameda Creek Alliance
2000 & 2001 Grant Recipient - Alameda County

Purpose

To support a community-based effort to restore native steelhead trout to Alameda Creek through the removal or modification of instream barriers in the lower watershed.

The Alameda Creek Alliance is a community watershed organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the natural ecosystems of the Alameda Creek Watershed. The overall goal of The Steelhead Trout Restoration Project was to ensure that responsible agencies coordinate and implement restoration action plans that will allow a self-sustaining run of native steelhead trout to repopulate Alameda Creek.

To accomplish this, the Alliance will worked to ensure that each of the responsible agencies remove or modify the instream barriers in the lower watershed. With the San Francisco Bay Fund grant, the Alliance encouraged specific restoration activities including:

  1. construction of a fish ladder;
  2. fish passage past two inflatable dams;
  3. installation of fish screens;
  4. replacement of culverts with bridges;
  5. removal or modification of Niles and Sunol dams; and
  6. fish passage past the PG&E pipeline crossing.
In addition, the Alliance engaged community residents in restoration efforts through:
  1. publication of quarterly newsletter;
  2. slideshow presentations to community groups;
  3. fish rescues; and
  4. creek clean-ups.
The Alliance worked to include surrounding communities in the decision-making process through:
  1. organization of monthly community strategy meetings;
  2. regular e-mail alerts to members;
  3. press releases;
  4. letter writing campaigns to management agencies; and
  5. attendance at agency board meetings.

NRPI Database Entry:
http://www.ice.ucdavis.edu/nrpi/NRPIDescription.asp?ProjectPK=341

Documents

Volunteer Opportunities

The Alameda Creek Alliance is a volunteer organization. Their hands-on activities include creek cleanups, rescue and transport of stranded fish, and monitoring of fish populations and habitat. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about this project's activities, please go to the Volunteer Page at www.alamedacreek.org

Primary Contact for the Project

Jeff Miller
Director,
Alameda Creek Alliance
Phone: (510) 499-9185
Email: AlamedaCreek@hotmail.com

Data Contact for the Project

Gordon Becker
Senior Fisheries Scientist
Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration
Phone: (510) 420-4565
Email: Becker@cemar.org

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Project Photos

A series of barriers to fish migration in the lower creek now prevent ocean-run steelhead
from ascending the creek during winter. A consortium of 12 local, state, and federal agencies
working with environmental and flyfishing groups is working to address these barriers
and make upper Alameda Creek once again accessible to anadromous steelhead.

A series of barriers to fish migration in the lower creek now prevent ocean-run steelhead from ascending the creek during winter. A consortium of 12 local, state, and federal agencies working with environmental and flyfishing groups is working to address these barriers and make upper Alameda Creek once again accessible to anadromous steelhead.

We hope through our advocacy and restoration efforts to return wild steelhead
to Alameda Creek and in so doing allow future generations to experience the
beauty of these fish in their natural environment and to connect with one
of the remaining wild places in the East Bay.

We hope through our advocacy and restoration efforts to return wild steelhead to Alameda Creek and in so doing allow future generations to experience the beauty of these fish in their natural environment and to connect with one of the remaining wild places in the East Bay.

Volunteers checking

Volunteers checking "smolt trap" used for fish surveys above San Antonio Reservoir.

Volunteers rescuing fish in Ward Creek flood control channel, 1998.

Volunteers rescuing fish in Ward Creek flood control channel, 1998.

Last modified: 9/5/2012 2:39 PM by S. Haren

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