Juvenile Coho Placed in Upper Atascadero Creek Subwatershed
In December, the Russian River Coho Broodstock Program made a historic move by placing just over 3,000 juvenile coho salmon into Redwood Creek, a minor tributary of the Atascadero Creek subwatershed. The fish entered a 14-square-mile subwatershed.
Coho salmon are thought to have been in the Atascadero subwatershed historically, though they have not been recorded as observed in any of the recent surveys. Though these salmon are expected to thrive in the system, it is unknown if they will meet barriers (physical, water quality and/or habitat barriers) during their outward migration toward the Russian River. Assessing the accessibility of the subwatershed to coho is a goal of the Gold Ridge RCD's proposed new program.
This winter, residents of Redwood, Jonive, and Sexton Creek can keep an eye out for these new members of the watershed. We encourage you to take measures to make the creeks a safe home for these young fish.