[Fosc] More thoughts on the Trout Kill

Sara Marcellino coordinator at sausalcreek.org
Mon Feb 11 12:22:18 PST 2008


Channel 7 ABC News will be covering this tragedy 
on tonight's 5 or 6pm news, picked up from this 
release by Leslie Brinkley. They did have a 
chance to talk with Kathren for the story. Glad 
to see some press coming from this.

Sara

At 05:42 PM 2/8/2008, Estes, Lesley wrote:

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>CONTACT: Lesley Estes (510) 238-7431
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>Eleven Native Trout Found Dead
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>City Investigating Paints and Solvents Found in the Storm Drain
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>Oakland, CA – On February 7, 2008 11 dead trout 
>were found near El Centro Avenue in Sausal 
>Creek.  City of Oakland staff immediately 
>investigated the site and found evidence that 
>solvents and paints may have been poured into a 
>nearby storm drain that leads to the creek where 
>the fish were found dead.  City staff met with 
>State Fish and Game today at the site to collect 
>water and soil samples and to investigate the source of the fish kill.
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>City staff learned of the fish kill through a 
>Friends of Sausal Creek list-serve notice.  The 
>Friends of Sausal Creek, a local non-profit 
>dedicated to protecting and improving Sausal 
>Creek has often provided the City with valuable 
>timely, on-site information that is not readily 
>available to City staff.  The Friends have also 
>provided tens of thousands of volunteer hours to restoring the local habitat.
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>In the summer of 1998, the City conducted DNA 
>analysis of local rainbow trout populations to 
>determine if the populations were native as 
>opposed to hatchery stock.  Sausal Creek trout 
>were determined to be native.  In 2001 the City, 
>in partnership with Alameda County Flood Control 
>District and the California Coastal Conservancy 
>removed concrete walls and three check dams in 
>Sausal creek to improve water quality and to 
>restore trout habitat in Sausal Creek above El 
>Centro Avenue.    In 2007, City Councilmember 
>Jean Quan petitioned the State of California 
>Fish and Game Commission to ban fishing in 
>creeks in Oakland with native rainbow trout populations.
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>Only Rain Down the Drain
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>Unlike the sanitary sewer water that flows into 
>the storm drain flows untreated to the creeks 
>and the Bay.   It is illegal to put anything but 
>rain down the storm drain.  This event 
>demonstrates that pollutants in the storm drain can have deadly consequences.
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>Lesley Estes
>Watershed Program Supervisor
>Community Economic Development Agency
>City of Oakland Watershed Program
>250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5301
>Oakland, CA  94612-2034
>www.oaklandpw.com/creeks
>Phone  (510) 238-7431
>Fax (510) 238-7286
>-----Original Message-----
>From: fosc-bounces at lists.sausalcreek.org 
>[mailto:fosc-bounces at lists.sausalcreek.org] On Behalf Of Mjrauz at aol.com
>Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 12:18 PM
>Cc: fosc-sausalcreek.org at lists.sausalcreek.org
>Subject: Re: [Fosc] More thoughts on the Trout Kill
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>I think I'm correct in saying that the City 
>and/or county doesn't permit us to put stuff 
>into the creek without a permit.  We have 
>proposed this before and maybe it's worth 
>pursuing again. It's a great idea too especially 
>with the paucity of large pools and maybe 
>there's a new drive for this, but it will have 
>to be well away from the eroding slope where the 
>old oak fell and where the available wood lies.
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>Also I was only suggesting wind throw may have 
>played a role in the demise of the tree, 
>certainly precipitated by faulty runoff patterns.
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>Mark
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