These photographs were posted today by the Wild Steelhead Coalition from their friends at Beyond Searsville Dam. I’m not sure who the photographer was, otherwise I would definitely give him credit.
These fish ascended San Fransquito Creek in Palo Alto, in the bay area. It’s been a very dry winter this year and the lower creek had completely dried up. Northern California finally received some much needed rain in the last 24 hours. Let’s hope it was enough to keep San Fransquito Creek alive for another few weeks.
Steelhead are truly remarkable, resilient creatures, in desperate need of help. I believe that they will flourish, given the opportunity to ascend their natal streams to spawn, without competition from hatchery fish and impeded by obstructions, like the Searsville Dam. They only need to be given the chance.
Check out the Wild Steelhead Coalition at www.wildsteelheadcoalition.org and become a member. You can learn more about San Fransquito Creek and the Searsville Dam at http://www.beyondsearsvilledam.org.
Steelhead truly need our help.