Sally Weed, a landowner Sonoma Resource Conservation District and the Coho Partnership has worked with for several years, was recently featured on KALW 91.7FM San Francisco Public Radio. Listen to her story here.
Thank you, Sally for continuing to spread your passion about phenomenal salmonid species! We appreciate all of your support with water conservation projects on your property and across Sonoma County!
After several years of waiting for logistics and funding to align, West Side Elementary School in Healdsburg, CA received a 30,000 gallon Rainwater Catchment System for use in the school’s native plant garden.
The system harvests rainwater from the classroom rooftop when water is most available (winter) and stores the water for use during the time it is most valuable for humans and the environment alike – summer and fall dry months. When the water is needed, it will be pumped out of the tanks by utilizing solar power installed specifically for the catchment system.
This system will save 30,000 gallons of water and help improve streamflow in the Mill Creek watershed by reducing the amount of water that is extracted during months when it is needed most.
Students, teachers, and school personnel are excited for the opportunity to monitor the collected water, track summer water use, and be a part of positive change for their salmonid neighbors.
To see original article by California Sea Grant, click here
California Sea Grant Extension Specialist and Coho Partnership Chair, Mariska Obedzinksi, recently led a study that showed during low streamflow periods, small amounts of running water is enough to keep pools interconnected. This small amount of water could make the difference in survival of juvenile coho in coastal California streams.
The study is published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.
The Partnership is excited for this new research and proud to work side by side with the CA Sea Grant team in their groundbreaking research!