Exclusive: A banner day for steelhead restoration

Someday, steelhead will return to our area’s rivers. (Jim Burns)

Yesterday two big steps occurred for bringing the endangered Southern California Steelhead back to the waters of Southern California:

First the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the San Gabriel and LLA River and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) established a cooperative agreement for the creation of the Los Angeles River Fish Passage Program. It seeds that program with $13 million of funding from Proposition 1 bond monies.

Second, from the same meeting,  a Trout Unlimited proposal for a conceptual design of the lower river channel access adjacent to Dills Park, bordering Compton and Paramount through the Los Angeles River Fish Passage Program also received more than $300,000.

I’ll be writing a broader piece about what this means for conservation in the coming weeks, but I wanted to spread this good news right now.

See you on the river, Jim Burns

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