Shasta River CRMP
Shasta River Coordinated Resource Management & Planning Committee
The Shasta River CRMP is a loose-knit organization, with voting participation open to any individual who owns land in the Shasta Valley (urban or rural, in any quantity). In addition to the above individuals, there are representatives from the three irrigation districts that withdraw water directly from the Shasta, one representative from the California Department of Fish and Game, US Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the US Bureau of Land Management. All other persons with an interest in the activities of the Shasta CRMP can attend the meetings and take part in discussions, but voting is limited to the above stakeholders.
In 1991 Shasta Valley residents gathered to discuss the likelihood that anadromous fish in the Shasta and Klamath Rivers might be listed as either threatened or endangered, and what impacts such a listing might have on farming and ranching. Recognizing that such listings might occur at any time, and that their impacts could be severe, those progressive ranchers chose to from a local orgainzation that would work proactively to restore the fish and water quality of the Shasta River. It was their belief that restoring the Shasta River was one of the most important steps they could take to assure the continuation of their farming and ranching activities in the Shasta Valley.
What does the CRMP do?
The Shasta River CRMP works with landowners to plan, secure funding for and carry out conservation projects on the Shasta River and its tributaries. Those projects are designed to improve conditions on the Shasta River which are currently thought to be limiting the production of anadromous fish. These limiting factors include elevated river temperature, excesive amounts of fine sediment in spawning gravels, excessively high nutrient levels, excessively low levels of dissolved oxygen, and inadequate flows. All projects are embarked on by the CRMP are voluntary, and must be acceptable to the owner of the land on which they occur.
Why should I participate?
There are many issues currently affecting landowners that the CRMP directly deals with. Most importantly, CRMP projects are designed to protect endangered species, which is a topic that carries a lot of weight with regulatory and enforcement agencies. Projects can also benefit local wildlife, as salmon and steelhead restoration often requires the restoration of habitat. CRMP projects can help a landowner manage his land to the benefit of fish and wildlife without adversely affecting his agricultural production or his wallet. Conservation projects can be very good business. The CRMP gets its funding from state, local or private agencies, eliminating financial contributions from the landowner. In addition, these projects display your concern for and commitment to the stewardship of your land and the plants and animals which depend upon it. By being a pro-active manager, you take care of potential problems before they become worse and insure a brighter future for your land, business, and natural resources. For additional information about the Shasta River CRMP, please check their Website.
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