Sanctuary Forest was awarded $75,000 from the FishAmerica Foundation to complete three storage and forbearance projects for Whitethorn Elementary School. With the goal of conserving water to assist in the recovery of native fish populations, the Water Storage and Forbearance Project provided incentives for participants to develop water storage systems in exchange for signing an agreement not to pump out of the Mattole river during the low-flow periods of late summer and early fall. Sanctuary Forest was able to successfully install 16 water tanks at the school, resulting in storage of 80,000 gallons of water. Sport fish that benefited from this project included Coho salmon, Chinook salmon, and Steelhead trout. Highlights from this project are captured below.
A special thank you goes to our project partners: Trout Unlimited, Sanctuary Forest, California Coastal Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA Fisheries and the Southern Humboldt Unified School District.