Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead
Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead
Nevada Irrigation District (NID) did not apply for a permit from California Fish and Wildlife in a timely manner to do the work it told SARSAS it would do this year to allow fish to get over the dam to reach good spawning gravels on Auburn Ravine so now CFW will not grant NID the permit because salmon and a redd are at the dam and so granting the permit would imperil them.
The result is that salmon will for another year be injuring and beating themselves to death trying to get over the dam.
SARSAS is very disappointed and feels great sympathy for our salmon brothers who will die after a journey of thousands of miles and up to seven years duration in the Pacific Ocean, fighting daily for survival, and then return to Auburn Ravine to die at Hemphill Dam because of NID’s complete meltdown on its word to partially fix HH dam for salmon passage. This is a great tragedy for one of nature's most gifted creatures.
First, write letters to local Gold Country Media papers i. e. Auburn Journal, Colfax Record, Lincoln News Messenger, Loomis News, Roseville Press Tribune, et. al. and to the Sacramento Bee urging Nevada Irrigation District (NID) to provide PERMANENT fish passage over its two dams on Auburn Ravine, Hemphill and Gold Hill.
NID has become a pariah water contractor concerned with the bottom line at the expense of the environment, especially the fishes it is blocking from spawning with its dams and harming them by inaction.
NID has spent over $488k on just filing fees alone to build the monstrous Parker Dam on the Bear River at a projected cost of $160 million while completely neglecting its Auburn Ravine dams.
NID has been singing a happy song for a long time without action. Your voice will help salmon so please write a letter, the most effective action any citizen can take. NID will only react from public pressure.
Second, write a letter to Jim Bachman, Chairman of the Board of the Nevada Irrigation District (NID), demanding he put fish passage over Hemphill and Gold Hill Dams on Auburn Ravine. His address is Nevada Irrigation District, 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley, CA95945. He is responsible for the management of NID.
And, finally, write to Senators Dianne Feinstein, who has help SARSAS protect salmon, and Barbara Boxer, asking that the Department of Commerce instruct NOAA to become active on Auburn Ravine in its mission of protecting Inland Anadromous fishes, salmon and steelhead.
Your letters will also help save the salmon on the Pacific Coast, but you must write. Inaction allows salmon to head toward extinction.
Resolution of Support for SAVE AUBURN RAVINE SALMON AND STEELHEAD (SARSAS) by the City of Auburn, signed unanimously on Monday, November 10, 2014
WHEREAS, SARSAS is an all-volunteer group dedicated to the objective of returning native salmon and steelhead to the upper reaches of the Auburn Ravine, and
WHEREAS, SARSAS supports responsible development and is committed to preserving public access to this unique riparian environment, and
WHEREAS, community outreach by SARSAS has included founding of the annual Salmon Celebration in Lincoln, recruiting volunteers for the annual Sierra Stream Cleanup Day, numerous presentations to community groups and commissions, grant applications and funding, and documentary film production seen by thousands of viewers, and
WHEREAS, SARSAS has spearheaded the installation of a $1.2M fish ladder at Lincoln Gauging Station which enabled 373 salmon to reach marginal spawning gravel and dig over 100 redds and spawn in the Auburn Ravine for the first time since 1989, and
WHEREAS, the organization is currently working with the Nevada Irrigation District on fish passage over Hemphill Dam two miles upstream from the City of Lincoln, the current obstacle to fish migration at the twenty- two mile mark, and
WHEREAS, SARSAS has work collaboratively with federal and state agencies removing eight dams in the Auburn Ravine, probably more than any other organization in California, and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Auburn unanimously signs and endorses this Resolution for SARSAS.