We had another fun and productive Steelhead in the Classroom incubator/aquarium building workshop on February 12. Teachers built the classroom incubators in which they will raise 30 Russian River Steelhead Rainbow Trout while teaching a curriculum about Steelhead and Salmon life-cycle and habitat needs.
Be sure you are informed about the Regulations on fishing for threatened Chinook salmon on the Russian River during this year's record returns!
It is not legal and can result in a $700+ fine.
Nov. 1 through Mar. 31.
2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead**
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Where will gravel mining occur in the Alexander Valley?
Where do threatened Chinook Salmon spawn in Alexander Valley?
Unlucky Bar 13 in the Russian River's Middle Reach being mined in 2002. Over-mining resulted in Winter bar head failure after mining in both
2002 and 2007.
Similar impacts from over-mining occured on the LP Bar near Cloverdale in Alexander Valley, a prime spawning area for threatened Chinook Salmon.
Changes in the flow regime and sediment transport have dramatically
transformed the Russian River and its tributaries. Loss of sediment load is attributable
to retention behind the basin's large and small dams, and to gravel extraction in excess of
replenishment. The response of the mainstem to a decreased sediment load has been to
scour and to downcut which in turn increased bank erosion, created vertical banks, led
to tributary downcutting, lowered the water table, and isolated flood plains. Loss of
riparian vegetation, either through erosion, removal, or separation from the water table
results in further erosion and vertical bank formation. Vertical banks prevent the natural