Feather River Trout Unlimited devotes it’s time to community outreach, education related efforts and resource conservation projects that positively affect the citizens and resources of the Feather, Yuba, and Little Truckee Rivers.
This spring, hundreds of young rainbow trout were released by students throughout Plumas, Sierra, Lassen and Yuba Counties who took part in Trout in the Classroom, a program of Feather River Trout Unlimited (FRTU).
Twenty participating classes were provided with an aquarium set-up that included a chiller to keep the water cold; a critical element for trout. They received a bundle of tiny trout eggs in early April and learned the importance of monitoring temperature in their new-found role as tank stewards. The small trout, called fry, were released in waters approved by the California Department and Fish and Wildlife. This year, participants raised triploids which are sterile fish that cannot reproduce and do not pose a genetic impact to native fish populations.
In addition to witnessing a trout’s life cycle, dedicated educators capitalized on a myriad of learning opportunities to make the most of their 4-6 week trout rearing experience. Some learned to tie wooly buggers (an imitation of an aquatic insect), others enjoyed searching for aquatic insects in their nearby creek to learn about a trout’s food chain. Some teachers showed their students how to conduct water quality tests such as pH, dissolved oxygen, and ammonia while others integrated art into their curriculum by creating colorful fish prints, a Japanese art form know as Gyotaku, on t-shirts.
FRTU is proud to offer this program to area teachers and appreciates the many generous organizations that helped to make this year one of our best yet. This growing list includes: Plumas and Sierra Fish and Game Commissions, Common Good Foundation, Ranz Foundation, Grizzly Ranch Conservancy, Downieville Lions Club, Sierra Buttes Snowbusters, Yuba County Water Agency, Camptonville Community Partnership and the Camptonville School Parents Club and E.C. Powell Fly Fishers Club. We could not offer this program without your support. Thank you!
The Little Truckee River Working Group met mid May this year.
PDFs of PowerPoint presentations are available to download here:
- A Water Balance of Middle and Lower Perazzo Meadows
- Assessment of the Perazzo Meadows Watershed
- Evaluation of Fish Abundance and Water Quality Within an Ever-Chaning Environment
- Groundwater and Surface Water Interactions at Pond and Plug Restoration Sites in the Northern Sierra Nevada
- Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Conservation Highlights
- Little Truckee River Watershed Assessment Findings
About Little Truckee River Working Group
The Little Truckee Working Group is a collection of persons and agencies who have met together annually for the past five years to share research and information about conservation efforts in the Little Truckee River watershed. The meeting is sponsored by the Feather River Chapter of Trout unlimited and is usually attended by approximately 40 to 50 persons. Generally there are representatives from the Tahoe National Forest, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Sierra and Plumas County Planning Departments, County Supervisors from these counties, the University of Nevada, Reno, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Sierra County Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Point Reyes Bird Observatory representatives, the United States Geological Society, the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra County Land Trust, the Truckee-Donner Land Trust, University of California extension personnel and members of the surrounding chapters of Trout Unlimited among others. The list of attendees is approximately 100 contacts and includes mostly scientists interested in watershed issues involving the Little Truckee River. Generally there are a series of scientific presentations applicable to the watershed. This year, 2014, a total of eight persons made presentations involving watershed assessments and fishery biology. A field study of the watershed is planned for August 27, 2014 when persons will be invited for a road trip of the entire watershed including Lacey Meadows, Toms Valley, Cold Stream Meadows, Perazzo Meadows and the Kyburz area.