Under the direction of CalTrout, the non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure there are abundant wild fish thriving in healthy waters for a better California. The Santa Clara River Environmental Groundwater Committee is comprised of the Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition; whose members include: The Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Santa Clara River, Wishtoyo Foundation, Wishtoyo’s Ventura Coastkeeper Program, Keep Sespe Wild, UC Santa Barbara’s Riparian Invasion Research Laboratory, Stoecker Ecological and the Santa Clara River Watershed Conservancy. Coalition Participants also include the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries Service, the State Coastal Conservancy and Stillwater Sciences. Additional stakeholders include Sierra Club, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), Citizen for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG), Surfrider Foundation, Los Padres Forest Watch, and National Audubon Society.
Santa Clara River Environmental Groundwater Committee
California Trout: CalTrout ensures there are abundant wild fish thriving in healthy waters for a better California. CalTrout has chaired and coordinated the Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition since 2012, whose mission is to protect and restore Southern California steelhead and its habitat in the Santa Clara River watershed.
Friends of the Santa Clara River: Friends of the Santa Clara River was formed in June 1993 as a 501c3 non-profit and has spent 20 years promoting all aspects of river health, including public outreach, water quality monitoring, wetlands restoration, opposition to floodplain development, and improving fish passage. FSCR owns and manages the 220-acre Hedrick Ranch Nature Area near Santa Paula where invasive species have been removed and 80 acres of disturbed lands have been planted with native vegetation. FSCR has been strongly engaged over time in efforts to establish steelhead passage in lower Santa Paula Creek.
The Nature Conservancy: The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of the priorities of our Los Angeles-Ventura Project is to conserve and restore the Santa Clara River and the plants and animals that depend upon it. To that end TNC has conserved more than 3,300 acres of river habitat representing about 14 river miles. Large scale restoration of some of these areas has begun.
Laura Riege and E.J. Remson
Founded in 1997, Wishtoyo is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that preserves Chumash Native American culture, and the natural resources all people depend upon. Wishtoyo is a bridge, preserving the wisdom of the ancient Chumash culture and linking it the present day environmental issues.
Ventura Coastkeeper, a program of Wishtoyo founded in 2000, protects, preserves, and restores the ecological integrity and water quality of Ventura County’s inland and coastal waters.
Stoecker Ecological: Stoecker Ecological is an environmental consulting firm. Matt Stoecker was the co-author of: Stoecker, M. and E. Kelley. 2005. Santa Clara River Steelhead Trout: Assessment and Recovery Opportunities. Prepared for The Nature Conservancy and The Santa Clara River Trustee Council.
UC Santa Barbara Riparian Invasion Research Laboratory
The RIVRLab, affiliated with the Marine Science Institute at UCSB, investigates the ecological impacts of non-native, invasive aquatic and riparian species and develops management strategies, particularly biological control, to reduce their impacts and to restore native species and natural ecosystem function in the Santa Clara and other western rivers.
Tom Dudley, Lab Director
Santa Clara River Watershed Conservancy: The Santa Clara River Watershed Conservancy (SCRWC) is a non-profit, collaborative land trust focusing on restoring native habitat to one of California’s most dynamic watersheds. We achieve this through education and outreach, land acquisition, restoration, research, and volunteer efforts.
Stillwater Sciences: Stillwater Sciences is an environmental consulting firm passionate about watershed science. We approach watershed analysis and restoration with rigorous science, innovation, and a collaborative decision-making process.
Bruce Orr and Ethan Bell
Ventura Audubon Society: The mission of the Ventura Audubon Society is to promote at the local level, by education and action, the protection and restoration of bird populations and wildlife habitat for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biodiversity.
Bruce E. Schoppe
ForestWatch is a local nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and restore wild places, wildlife, and watersheds in the Los Padres National Forest, the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and other public lands along California’s Central Coast.