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TVFF Monthly Meeting - Guest Speaker Steven Cochrane from Alameda Creek Alliance
TVFF has been a proud supporter of Alameda Creek Alliance for many years. Steven will be joining us to talk about the geography, geology, plants, animals, fish and people in the Alameda Creek Watershed. He is the Stewardship Coordinator for the Alameda Creek Alliance and will enlighten us regarding this amazing watershed and provide insight into the ambitious efforts to make this once again, a thriving area where salmon and steelhead can return to their historical origins. Dams that have been removed and other restoration work can help make this a reality. Steven has had important roles in many nature, conservation, and environmental efforts throughout California. We are fortunate to have him join us for the October meeting at the Livermore Rod & Gun Club, 4000 Dagnino Rd., Oct.4, 7 pm.
Last year the Tri-Valley Fly Fishers began to help the Alameda Creek Alliance monitor the Arroyo de la Laguna, from Sunol to Pleasanton, for hopeful visual observations of Salmon migration and spawning activity. We had a wash out for most that time due to the unprecedented rainfall that kept us off the stream. We will learn in coming weeks, what ways we may be able to help this next season.
Alameda Creek is the third largest tributary to San Francisco Bay (after the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers). The Alameda Creek watershed is the geographic area drained by Alameda Creek and its tributaries, encompassing more than 680 square miles of the East Bay. The watershed ranges from streams draining the south slopes of Mount Diablo in the north, most creeks from Mount Hamilton in the south, and arroyos as far east as Altamont Pass.
After an absence of half a century, ocean-run steelhead trout will soon be able to return to Alameda Creek to mingle with remnant rainbow trout populations. Completion of a series of dam removal and fish passage projects, along with improved stream flows for cold-water fish and planned habitat restoration, will improve and restore habitat conditions for migratory fish. Steelhead trout and chinook salmon will soon be able to access up to twenty miles of spawning and rearing habitat in Alameda Creek and its tributaries.