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Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Friends of the River goes to court for River in Ventura County

January 2009--Friends of the River and California Trout filed suit in state court last week to protect a popular trout fishing stream in southern California stream that also provides critical habitat for several endangered species. At stake is Piru Creek in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. It is one of only three catch and release cold-water trout streams in southern California and a proposed Wild and Scenic River.

The lawsuit was filed against the California Water Resources Board, which issued a Clean Water Act permit allowing the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to virtually dewater Piru Creek downstream of Pyramid Dam (a component of the State Water Project). DWR’s proposed flow reduction is intended to limit non-native species such as bullfrogs that feed on the endangered arroyo toad....

The Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act would protect 7.5 miles of Piru Creek in northern Los Angeles County as a Wild & Scenic River. This bill is currently pending in Congress. The California Wild Heritage Act, which was last introduced in 2007, proposes to add 54 miles of Piru Creek to the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System.

How To Get There
Take the Templin Highway exit from I-5 (about 15 miles north of Santa Clarita and south of Gorman). Follow the highway (route of old I-5) down to the parking area next to Piru Creek. From the parking area, anglers and families may stroll along the old (now closed) highway two miles upstream to Pyramid dam. More experienced hikers may choose to explore the trail-less canyon downstream into the Sespe Wilderness, which requires frequent stream crossings and an occasional swim.

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