Water Talks: Shasta River Salmon on October 17th 2012

Located in the shadow of Mt. Shasta, the Shasta River is a key salmon-producing watershed. Come learn from local experts who are working together to make the river be all it can be for these fish.

The public is invited to an educational presentation, “Water Talks: Shasta River Salmon” on Wednesday October 17th 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the College of the Siskiyous Weed Campus located at 800 College Avenue in Life Science 3. The informational Water Talks are free and open to the public.

“Water Talks: Shasta River Salmon” will feature presentations from:

  • Curtis Knight Conservation Director, California Trout on “Salmon Life Cycle 101”,
  • Morgan Knechtle, Fisheries Biologist, Department of Fish and Game on “Status of Adult Salmonids in the Shasta River”,
  • Amy Campbell, Project Associate, The Nature Conservancy on “Restoration at Shasta Big Springs Ranch,” and
  • Ric Costales, Natural Resource Policy Specialist, Siskiyou County on “Supplementation Efforts in the Shasta River.”

“The Shasta River salmon demonstrate unique life history strategies in great part because of the habitat provided by the nutrient rich spring waters coming from Mt. Shasta,” said Curtis Knight, California Trout’s Conservation Director. “In my presentation I’ll provide an overall picture of the life cycle of the salmonids in the Shasta River” Knight said.

“This year we are expecting a very large return of Chinook Salmon to the Klamath River system,” said Morgan Knechtle, a Fisheries Biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game. “My presentation will focus on the status of adult salmonids in the Shasta River including the timing, abundance, trends and hatchery composition of returning adults,” he explained.

Amy Campbell, a project associate with the Nature Conservancy who manages the NOAA restoration grant on the Shasta Big Springs Ranch will present on The Nature Conservancy’s restoration efforts including fencing, riparian planting and irrigation infrastructure improvements. “We’ve seen really great results in just 2 years of restoration that is improving water quality and habitat for salmon in the Shasta River and Big Springs Creek,” Campbell said.

“It is time to take advantage of the good habitat work of the agricultural community,” said Ric Costales, Siskiyou County’s Natural Resource Policy Specialist. “Supplementation efforts on the Shasta River will speed recovery of the coho and demonstrate the effectiveness of everyone’s work over the years,” he said.

Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of the unique Shasta River salmon, their status, and how people are working together for the fish.

Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational presentations with local and regional experts sharing their knowledge with the public on a range of water related topics. The purpose of Water Talks is to provide a place to learn about water related topics. Water Talks is a project of California Trout. California Trout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeking workable solutions for fisheries restoration throughout California.” For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Consultant at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.