Dutch Bill Creek
Dutch Bill Creek, a tributary to the Russian River, originates near the
town of Occidental in west Sonoma County. The creek flows
northwest along Bohemian Highway and drains into the Russian
River near the town of Monte Rio.
Historically, Dutch Bill was home to viable populations of coho salmon and steelhead. Coho populations have diminished significantly, and the last remaining wild juvenile coho were observed during the summer of 2006. Since then, Dutch Bill is included in the
Russian River Coho Salmon Captive Broodstock Program
and is stocked with juvenile coho each year.
The Recovery Strategy for California Coho Salmon (CDFG, 2004)
identified the Guerneville hydrologic subarea (HSA) as having the
highest ranking (level 5) for restoration and management potential in
the California Central Coast (CCC) Coho evolutionary significant unit
(ESU), and the stream was identified as a "core" area for coho recovery in the NMFS Coho Recovery Plan.
Because of Dutch Bill Creek's importance to coho and steelhead
populations in the Russian River, a number of organizations have
implemented habitat enhancement projects for salmonids in this key
tributary. In 2002, California's Department of Fish and Game (DFG)
collected 75 wild juvenile coho for the Coho Captive Broodstock Program. In
the fall of 2006, 4,000 juvenile coho, bred through this program, were
released into Dutch Bill Creek. They continue to be released each
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