California Coastal Monitoring Program for Salmon and Steelhead

The California Coastal Monitoring Program (CMP) is implemented by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and is designed to inform salmon and steelhead recovery, conservation, and management by standardizing data collection across California's coastal watersheds. Sonoma Water and its partner California Sea Grant (CSG) were uniquely suited to implement the CMP in the Russian River as we had substantial experience and monitoring infrastructure in place prior to beginning CMP implementation in 2013. In 2013 Sonoma Water and CSG received the first grant to begin CMP implementation in the Russian River basin from the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP). The purpose of CMP is to monitor status and trends in salmon and steelhead populations in coastal California river systems. Field work includes spawner surveys and video monitoring for adults; and snorkel surveys, electrofishing, and downstream migrant trapping for juveniles.