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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.
September 1, 1998 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Less than a year after the federal government listed the southern steelhead trout as an endangered species, one of the rare fish was spotted by a National Marine Fisheries Service biologist in a shallow pool in Topanga Canyon Creek. The July 31 sighting by Anthony Spina marks the first official sighting of the fish south of Malibu Creek--considered the southernmost run of steelhead in the United States. The discovery was announced Monday at a meeting of the Topanga Watershed Committee.
This fall, a local equivalent of the spotted owl controversy came to public notice in Ventura County. But in this case, the endangered animal is the steelhead trout, a relative of the salmon. And the threatened habitat is not the woods but the rivers--the Santa Clara and the Ventura. The local argument is about our water-use habits. And many of the people involved are joining a common cause.
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.
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
September 8, 2003
Re "Native Trout to Get Fighting Chance in Southland Creek," Sept. 3: Having helped pull hundreds of bullheads and other nonnative fish out of the deep pools of upper San Mateo Creek, I can attest to the importance of the work that Trout Unlimited and others are doing to protect one of our region's last free-flowing coastal streams and its steelhead trout. Unfortunately, at the same time that private citizens are taking responsibility for restoring this creek, Orange County bureaucrats are moving forward to approve two massive construction projects that threaten the creek.
December 15, 1996 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
The Ventura City Council is poised to contribute $20,000 to a new joint agency 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.
December 6, 1998
Re "Genetics May Save Trout from Extinction," Nov. 30. Statements in this article prompt the following comments: The genetic diversity discussion of Southern California steelhead trout is largely conjecture, as readers will note from the liberal use of words such as "may," "perhaps," "probably" and "could mean." As to the silt-choked Rindge Dam blocking steelhead migration upstream, this is true for only a few hundred yards as natural waterfalls blocked migration to the upper Malibu Creek watershed.
July 23, 1997
With steelhead trout expected to be placed on the endangered species list in August, county supervisors on Tuesday agreed to take part in an $89,000 recovery plan for the fish in the Ventura River and its tributaries. The countywide plan is being drawn to help the county and other agencies avoid protracted negotiations with the National Marine Fisheries Service as they try to gain permit approvals for future road or flood control work along the Ventura River.
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