The Climate Change Hoax by CEMAR Executive Director Andrew Gunther (and co-author James McCarthy of Harvard University) appeared as an op-ed in more than 20 McClatchy newspapers from Honolulu to Dubai in late March.
CEMAR, a member of the Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership, has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to continue the Partnership's streamflow restoration work in five priority watersheds within the Russian River watershed. To date, NFWF has invested over $1.5 million. The Sonoma County Water Agency has provided a significant amount of additional support through its work in Dry Creek.
Working with PRBO Conservation Science, CEMAR is helping TomKat Ranch in Pescadero's Honsinger Creek basin monitor stream conditions and understand the relationship of their operations to local water resources. Results of this work will become part of a report on the natural resources management opportunities available at the ranch.
San Mateo County's Pescadero Creek offers some of the greatest steelhead and salmon habitat resources in the region. Working with the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District, San Mateo County Parks, State Parks, private landowners and others, CEMAR and Trout Unlimited are examining flow conditions throughout the watershed and determining water availability. This information will be used to develop conservation and storage solutions that can reduce the diversion demand on the creek during the critical summer season.
Steelhead trout rescued from lower Alameda Creek have spawned in Stonybrook Creek, a tributary flowing into Niles Canyon. In cooperation with the Alameda County Resource Conservation District and Alameda County Public Works Agency, CEMAR has installed gauges in the creek to characterize flows. CEMAR's work will lead to maximizing the amount and quality of habitat available in this important but largely overlooked part of the vast Alameda Creek watershed.
Effects of vineyard water use on streamflow in the Russian River watershed has been a subject of much controversy in recent years, frequently with little data to support arguments. CEMAR is helping the Russian River Property Owners Association in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley to measure impacts of frost protection on streamflow. CEMAR will assist with preparation of a report on this issue for the State Water Resources Control Board.
For more information, visit CEMAR's website at www.cemar.org or contact Linda Tandle at [email protected] or 510-420-4565 ext. 107.