Sunday, February 17, 2013

SARSAS General Meeting, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at 10 am in Auburn with Video of Salmon Returned to Auburn Ravine

SARSAS Meeting Agenda General
MONDAY, February 25, 2013
175 Fulweiler Avenue (the Domes), Auburn, CA 95603 
Contact: Jack Sanchez at 530-888-0281
Meetings are Fourth Monday of each month at 10-11 a.m.

I.      Self- introductions and sign-ins.   

II.    SARSAS Philosophy – We believe by working together with many individuals and agencies at the same table, we can achieve the mission of SARSAS, which is to return salmon and  steelhead to the entire 33 mile length of the Auburn Ravine
III. Featured Speakers:  SARSAS Board Member and Photographer/ Owner of Gold Country Media, Steve Hubbard, “See the Salmon Returning to Auburn Ravine” – beautiful pictures/film with live narration

IV. Gary Mapa, Vice President of SARSAS, “For the Good of the Order”

Scheduled speakers:

March 25, 2013, Placer County Sheriff Edward N. Bonner, “Fishing Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Loomis”

April 22, 2013, SARSAS Photographer Steve Hubbard and Owner of Gold Country Images, “History of Hydroelectricity/Powerhouses in Our Area”

May 28, TUESDAY, 2013, Rocko Brown, ESA PWA, “Restoring Salmon Ecosystems”

June 24. 2013, Jack Sales, International Dark-Sky Association, “Salmon and Light Pollution”

July 22, 2013, Julie Leimbach, Coordinator of Foothill Water Network, “Mission and Activities of FWN”

August 26, 2013, Beaver Specialist Mary Tappel, “Beaver Management in the Age of Salmonid Restoration with Focus on Beavers in Auburn Ravine"

September 23, 2013, Randy Hansen, SARSAS Fish Friendly Farming Coordinator, “Fish Friendly Farming Update”

October 28, 2013, Einar Maisch, PCWA Director of Strategic Affairs, “Middle Fork Authority Update”

November 25, 2013, Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes, “Placer County Water and the Auburn Ravine”

December 23, 2013, Richard Rivas, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Wildlife Biologist, “Declining Species Act”

Friday, February 15, 2013

SARSAS Photographer Phil Robertson Took These Photos This Morning on Auburn Ravine above Lincoln, Ca.

Mink, native to the Auburn Ravine

Mule Deer

Sacramento Pikeminnow an Auburn Ravine Native

Monday, February 4, 2013

Salmon Returning to Auburn Ravine Upstream of Lincoln, CA, in Numbers

Salmon Journeys
February 4, 2013

Millions have been spent on the Delta with little progress on helping salmon survive. But salmon do have a bright spot … located in the Auburn Ravine here in Placer County. As a result of much collaboration with agencies and water companies, local groups have enabled salmon to make a dramatic return to our Ravine.  Now that all dams below Lincoln are open for salmon and steel head passage during the Chinook Fall Run (October 15 to April 15) each year, CA Fish and Wildlife is in the process of counting fish and measuring redds (salmon nests) in the Auburn Ravine.   Nevada Irrigation District installed a fish ladder on its Lincoln Gauging Station, December 2011 so as a result of these two aids, salmon are home again.
 In the one mile reach of marginal spawning gravels above Lincoln, 273 salmon and 43 redds have been counted and measured below Nevada Irrigation District’s Hemphill Dam, the current barrier to upstream fish passage.
Because the heavy rainfall during December, miraculously thirty salmon were able to get over Hemphill Dam to reach good spawning gravels and 4 redds were counted and measured.
Salmon are coming home and will be able to reach prime spawning gravels when NID’s Hemphill Dam is retrofitted for fish passage.