Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program

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For more than a  decade, California Sea Grant’s Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program has been conducting broad-scale salmon and steelhead monitoring and specialized research under the leadership of Extension Specialist Mariska Obedzinski, in order to provide science-based information to all stakeholders involved in the recovery of these critical native species. Our program supports the Russian River Coho Salmon Captive Broodstock Program, the Coastal Monitoring Program, the Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership, and other salmonid recovery efforts throughout the watershed.  

Our monitoring and research is funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Wildlife Conservation BoardNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, with contributions from Sonoma Water. All of our work is made possible through the gracious support of hundreds of private landowners throughout the Russian River watershed.

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  • Mariska Obedzinski
    University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography