WatershedThe Smith River Alliance Newsletter
Mining the Smith River Headwaters!
Outstanding National Resource Waters
California and Oregon are initiating processes to consider designation of the Smith River as Outstanding National Resource Waters. The designations identify high quality waters of exceptional recreational or ecological significance. As an ONRW, such high quality water is managed to provide the greatest protection possible under the Clean Water Act. If approved, these designations will prevent strip mining in the North Fork Smith watershed.
The Oregon process has been initiated for the North Fork Smith River and all of its tributaries within Oregon. The California process would potentially designate some part of the Smith River and its tributaries within the boundaries of California. Please follow the links below for more information and stay tuned for Alerts from SRA and our partners re comment opportunities.
Salmon & River Science – Recent Reports
2014-2015 Salmonid Redd Abundance and Juvenile Salmonid Spatial Structure in the Smith River Basin, California and Oregon
2015 Mill Creek LCM Station – Juvenile Coho Salmon Out-migrant Trapping Project, Smith River, California
Smith River Cleanup Highlights & Appreciations
Cleaning up illegal dumping and trash around the watershed is a year-round job. Thanks to support from the Del Norte Resource Advisory Committee and over forty volunteers our fall 2015 clean-up recovered over one ton of trash. Special thanks to the HSU Natural Resources Club for their outstanding support.
Please send your name, email and telephone # with the subject “clean-up” to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to participate in future clean-up projects.
Entrapment Hazard Cleanup
Scaffolding which was lost during a bridge construction project proved to be a much more difficult recovery project. Click below for the photos and story of the multi-part recovery and recycling effort. Special appreciation and thanks to Sundance Kayak School for directing the effort and for the help of SRA’s Salmon Survey Team. Sundance is also one of SRA’s River Guardians.
Bay to Breakers & Supporting the Smith River!
Paul and Diane Ennis love the Smith River and they’ve linked that love with the 2016 zappos.com Bay to Breakers Footrace in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Please click here to share in their inspiration and help raise $10,000 to protect and restore the Smith River:
Help us Protect the Smith
Newsletters & Announcements
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Communities Stand Strong Against Strip Mining
Read some of the press and letters submitted in support of the proposed mineral withdrawal.
Experience the Smith
Clear waters, old-growth forests, salmon and bears... get to know the world famous Smith River and see where we work. Learn more.
Plein Air Art Show
November 29, 2018
New Report Outlines Restoration Options for Smith River Plain
November 6, 2018
Mill Creek Salmonid Lifecycle Monitoring Report
March 15, 2018
North Fork Smith is Safe... for Now!
February 22, 2018
New Heritage & Wild Trout Waters Designation
December 14th, 2017
Victory for the North Fork Smith
December 8, 2017
New Smith River Live Webcam!