Codornices Creek Watershed Restoration Action Plan (CCWRAP)
Steelhead observed in Codornices Creek, Berkeley, March 2006! View a great 30 second video of this threatened species spawning in our urban environment.
Overview and Background
East Bay steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) have been getting a boost thanks to the Codornices Creek Watershed Restoration Action Plan (CCWRAP), funded by CALFED and the State Water Resources Control Board, and supported by generous continued community involvement and effort. These grants were awarded to the Urban Creeks Council to develop and implement a comprehensive urban creek and steelhead restoration plan for the Codornices Creek riparian corridor.
The federally listed threatened species, Oncorhynchus mykiss,photographed in Codornices Creek on March 16, 2000.
(photograph courtesy of Gustavo Porras, Friends of Five Creeks)
Codornices Creek is Berkeley's most natural and free-flowing stream, and one of the few East Bay creeks to support a steelhead population. Over the past 15 years, volunteers have restored some of the fish's habitat in Codornices Creek, and the fish population has responded. Surveys completed in 2006 estimated the Codornices Creek O. mykiss population to be 504 individuals (95% confidence interval 271-738).
In March 2006, steelhead ranging in size from 17 to 24 inches were observed and documented spawning, and can be seen in a video taken by UCC staff. It is the greatest hope of UCC and the community that continued efforts will improve habitat such that Codornices Creek may once again support a thriving and sustainable O. mykiss population.
(click here for collected data).
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