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    Kevin Finney and Jim Edmondson (No Date)

    Swimming Upstream: Restoring the Rivers and Streams of Coastal Southern California for Southern Steelhead and Other Fishes

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    Southern California Steelhead Recovery Coalition, .

        

    Southern California is home to the southernmost extant populations of steelhead
    rainbow trout. These fish possess unique adaptations, represent an important
    part of the state’s anadromous resources, and serve as vital indicators of the
    overall health of the aquatic ecosystems of Southern California coastal watersheds.
    Until the listing of southern steelhead as an endangered species under
    the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), scant attention had been paid to
    these unique and magnificent fish. While renewed attention has been focused
    on the almost forgotten populations, there continues to persist an imbalance in
    the effort being made to restore California anadromous fish heritage. The
    Southern California Steelhead Recovery Coalition (SCSRC) has been created
    as a vehicle to mobilize the interests, energies, and political will of the Southern
    California community on behalf of these resources. As part of this effort, the
    SCSRC has identified steelhead as the key to restoring the full range of fish
    fauna of Southern California aquatic systems and their watersheds, and identified
    basic priorities in accomplishing these goals. These include: focusing on
    restoring fish passage to historic spawning and rearing areas, addressing watershed
    wide degradation of aquatic ecosystems, and ensuring adequate representation
    of Southern California interests in all state and federal programs
    designed to address the recovery of steelhead in California.


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