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Removed barrier frees steelhead to migrate

Original post made on Sep 6, 2013

Representatives of federal, state and local agencies on Thursday announced the elimination of a 105-year-old barrier in a creek between Palo Alto and Menlo Park to allow endangered steelhead trout to migrate upstream from San Francisco Bay.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 6, 2013, 12:14 AM

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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 6, 2013 at 6:59 am

So this is what all the noise has been about in our neighborhood. What are the two counties/cities, going to do to address erosion of the creek bed walls? This is something that should be looked at, especially along the "s bend" near the Caltrain and pedestrian foot bridges.

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Posted by Phil
a resident of another community
on Sep 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

We love Salmon, bbq in foil is the best. Great news for fishermen!

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 6, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Steelhead aren't Salmon.

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Posted by Scratchin-my-head
a resident of another community
on Sep 9, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Looks like a typo in the article: "free to move 40 miles upstream from the bay to spawning and rearing grounds" unless the spawning grounds are the Pacific Ocean or the underground storm pipelines in downtown San Francisco.

Wikipedia's article on San Francisquito Creek Web Link
has a nice map located here: Web Link

which strongly suggests the distance to Searsville Lake would be four (4) miles and not forty (40).

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Posted by PT
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

Glad to see coverage of this positive story and project. There are several factual errors and quotes that are not accurate:
Bonde is not the last barrier in the watershed, in fact there are still about a dozen structures that limit or block steelhead migration, the most limiting is Stanford's Searsville Dam which is impassable and blocks over a dozen miles of spawning and rearing habitat.
Bonde was only a partial barrier during lower flows so while it's removal helps access during those flows, it did not block habitat during all flows and it's removal did not open up new habitat.
It also did not improve access to 40 miles of habitat. It improved access to over two dozen miles, but the rest is still blocked by Searsville Dam and other small barriers such as the Bear Gulch Diversion dam on Bear Gulch Creek in Woodside and a couple smaller barriers on Los Trancos Creek and other tributaries. It's great that so many agencies and people are celebrating this project, but it would be nice if they, and the media, accurately reported the story and situation. We still have a ways to go before the last barrier in the watershed is removed or modified for fish passage. Thanks Almanac for ongoing coverage of our creek.

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