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April 9, 1987 | JUDY PASTERNAK
Steelhead trout have returned to Malibu Creek, and biologists want to find out why. Until recently, the prized silvery fish that commute between freshwater and the ocean--returning to their native creeks to spawn--were synonymous with the Pacific Northwest. The steelhead were thought to have died out long ago in more urban southern settings. Last year, however, state biologists confirmed that Malibu Creek is home to the nation's southernmost steelhead run.
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September 19, 2011 | Steve Chawkins
If life imitated art, it would be a simple matter to follow the dotted line and snip a 200-foot dam near Ojai off the face of the earth. For years, an alliance of environmentalists, fishermen, surfers and officials from every level of government has called for demolishing the obsolete structure. Now, an anonymous band of artists has weighed in, apparently rappelling down the dam's face to paint a huge pair of scissors and a long dotted line. The carefully planned work popped up last week and is, no doubt, Ventura County's most environmentally correct graffiti by a dam site.
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FOOD
June 30, 1985 | ISAAC CRONIN and PAUL JOHNSON
Steelhead trout is the oceangoing version of rainbow trout. Like Pacific salmon, the steelhead spends its adult life in the ocean and returns to the river of its birth to spawn. In California, steelhead are a protected species, and only anglers get a chance to taste them, but large quantities of commercial steelhead are imported from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, where they are caught by Native Americans using gill nets.
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October 28, 2008 | Associated Press
A federal judge on Monday upheld protections for wild steelhead trout in California rivers, rejecting an argument by forestry groups that the success of hatchery-raised steelhead has made the population sufficiently robust. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno disagreed. In his 168-page ruling, he said hatchery-raised fish are no substitute for wild steelhead. Steelhead are listed as either threatened or endangered in different parts of California. In a related claim, the judge also rejected a bid by Central Valley farmers to remove steelhead trout from the federal Endangered Species Act. The farmers pointed to an abundance of resident rainbow trout, steelhead that do not migrate to the ocean.
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January 3, 1999
Re "Extinction of Special Fish May Hit a Snag," Nov. 30. Steve Hymon's story awakened many dormant and poignant memories of my childhood summers in Upper Malibu Creek. Although we lived in southwest Los Angeles, my family and that of my Uncle John spent entire summers from 1944 through 1950 camping at Crater Camp, just across Piuma Road from the confluence of Las Virgenes, Malibu and Cold creeks. When the campground sold in the early '50s and became a raw land subdivision, my dad and uncle bought a lot and built some of the first homes in a place called Malibu Meadows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2000 | GARY POLAKOVIC
The public is invited to comment on a comprehensive plan to protect steelhead trout and other sensitive species that dwell in the Ventura River. Steelhead habitat is affected by human activities, from road repairs to well drilling to pipeline construction. The fish, which swims from the ocean to mountain creeks to spawn during winter, is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.
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May 22, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
The City Council has approved an agreement with the Casitas Municipal Water District that will create a recovery plan for steelhead trout in the Ventura River and its tributaries. The National Marine Fisheries Service is expected to make a final ruling in August on whether the West Coast steelhead trout should be considered threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1999
Wildlife officials may have failed to protect a tiny population of steelhead trout, and a chance to restore the fish to waters here may have been lost. An unusual bit of good news on the frequently bleak endangered species front surfaced this summer when a small school of southern steelhead trout was discovered in a pool at the Soule Park golf course, where they had apparently been stranded on their journey to the sea.
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January 22, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 100,000 young steelhead trout have been found dead at a fish-breeding facility, setting back efforts to restore the threatened species. Hatchery workers discovered about 100 adult and 100,000 yearlings floating Friday in the Coyote Valley Dam fish imprinting facility at Lake Mendocino, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
NEWS
August 24, 1986 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writer
After a four-month survey and examinations in Malibu and San Diego laboratories, state biologists have concluded that a small number of steelhead trout--a prized giant fish that was thought to have died out in Southern California--have returned to Malibu Creek. The creek is believed to be the steelhead's southernmost home in the United States. As a protective measure, organizers of the survey recommended last week that all fishing be prohibited in a 2.
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August 10, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
These days large swaths of the once-meandering Topanga Creek are dry and full of dirt and look like a Santa Monica Mountains hiking trail. The cause is a 1,000-foot-long berm that rises up to 30 feet high and disrupts the water's 10-mile path to the ocean. Beginning in the 1960s, residents fearful that heavy rains would swell the creek and flood their homes gradually began to pile on material to interrupt the water flow.
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January 22, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 100,000 young steelhead trout have been found dead at a fish-breeding facility, setting back efforts to restore the threatened species. Hatchery workers discovered about 100 adult and 100,000 yearlings floating Friday in the Coyote Valley Dam fish imprinting facility at Lake Mendocino, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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November 18, 2005 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Stepping up efforts to help endangered steelhead trout make a comeback in Southern California, a state wildlife agency on Thursday agreed to pay for a $1.2-million fish ladder in Orange County that will enable the trout to swim upstream and spawn. The ladder will help fish migrating from the ocean to swim through a concrete culvert under Interstate 5 on Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. Currently, fish swimming upstream can go only as far as a large pool at the bottom of the culvert.
NEWS
November 8, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
DEEP in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness near San Clemente, the rocky floor of Cold Spring Creek is the only path through a jungle of chaparral. Poison oak covers the banks, blackberry vines form trip wires, Africanized honeybees buzz around. The creek bed steepens, and for a trio of conservationists negotiating precipitous dry cascades and dense vegetation, it feels more like rock climbing than hiking. "Rattlesnake!"
OPINION
January 29, 2005
Re "Land-Use War, Malibu Style," Jan. 23: The rental of the Foundation for the Junior Blind campground to nonblind organizations is money-based. Jeremy Joe Kronsberg and his family have the right to their lifestyle, undisturbed by politically correct bureaucrats. The foundation can upgrade its existing facilities without disturbing people, steelhead trout, creeks or ancient oak trees. Susanna Hahn Malibu
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Demolition of Matilija Dam near Ojai could reduce water supplies for some customers, while harming efforts to rescue the endangered steelhead trout, said local water agency officials who are concerned that these issues are not addressed in the project's environmental impact report.
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September 8, 1986 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writer
After a four-month survey and examinations in Malibu and San Diego laboratories, state biologists have concluded that a small number of steelhead trout--a prized giant fish that was thought to have died out in Southern California--have returned to Malibu Creek. The creek is believed to be the steelhead's southernmost home in the United States. As a protective measure, organizers of the survey recommended last week that all fishing be prohibited in a 2.
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January 12, 1997 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only its most devoted apostles have much of a chance of ever spying the sleek-muscled glint of a Ventura County steelhead trout. The fish watchers peer for hours into the roiling murk of a $2-million fish ladder on the Santa Clara River. They run complex trout traps that they pray will capture juvenile steelheads so they can be counted and released to the sea. If they are lucky, they see one or two adult steelhead a year swim upstream in Ventura County.
OPINION
January 4, 2004
The southern steelhead trout can be one tough fish. Pushed from its part-time home -- the streams of Southern California -- by pollution, flood-control measures and nonnative wildlife, the southern steelhead was pronounced an endangered species in 1998. Since then, it's shown up in a couple of unexpected places, which should give new impetus to plans for restoring habitat, removing manufactured barriers and perhaps giving a more critical eye to intensive development plans in south Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
For the first time in decades, fish that appear to be endangered steelhead trout are being sighted in Trabuco Creek, state officials said Tuesday. Environmentalists and biologists say the finds are significant and raise hopes that the species -- once plentiful in local watersheds but virtually absent since the 1960s -- will make a comeback.
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