Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead

Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead

Mission Statement:  to return salmon and steelhead to the entire length of the Auburn Ravine

    SARSAS is trying to do with one stream, the Auburn Ravine, what must be done to all streams and rivers on the entire West Coast and that is to make the entire length of the ravine navigable for Anadromous Fish. 

    The health and well-being of Salmon is directly linked to that of people.  If we improve the health and well-being of Salmon, we improve the health and well-being of mankind and therefore ourselves. 

    Salmon are as resilient and adaptive as humans; when they can no longer adapt, neither can mankind.  They need our help....NOW.

Please click link below to view SARSAS Plan:

The SARSAS plan for returning salmon and steelhead to the Pacific Marine Fishery (Click to view the plan.)

"SARSAS - Returning Salmon to Auburn Ravine

Salmon Once Again Are Destroying Themselves Desperately Trying to Get over Hemphill Dam
November 10, 2014

Nevada Irrigation District (NID) did not apply for a permit from California Fish and Wildlife in a timely manner to do the work it told SARSAS it would do this year to allow fish to get over the dam to reach good spawning gravels on Auburn Ravine so now CFW will not grant NID the permit because salmon and a redd are at the dam and so granting the permit would imperil them. 

The result is that salmon will for another year be injuring and beating themselves to death trying to get over the dam.

SARSAS is very disappointed and feels great sympathy for our salmon brothers who will die after a journey of thousands of miles and up to seven years duration in the Pacific Ocean, fighting daily for survival,  and then return to Auburn Ravine to die at Hemphill Dam because of NID’s complete meltdown on its word to partially fix HH dam for salmon passage. This is a great tragedy for one of nature's most gifted creatures.

Small Placer Dam is a Big Barrier to Salmon

An Article from the Sacramento Bee - Sunday, November 23, 2014
Click here to read the article.

he SARSAS Plan for Saving Salmon in California and in the Pacific Marine Fishery - The Plan Can Serve as a Model for Other Groups Forming on the 737 Tributaries of California's Two Great Rivers. Effective October 2014.

Yes, the people of California, volunteering together, can save the salmon.  The people must spearhead the saving of the salmon because time is critical.  The salmon has little time left on the planet without the help of the people ...  To read more, click here to download the document.

Click here to view a larger image of the map of the Auburn Ravine.

Thank You for the Help.

NOAA Special Agent Don Tanner will stay in our area with his office changing from Sacramento to Alameda.  Don staying is a great help for SARSAS because of his constant patrolling of Auburn Ravine.  Thanks to all who wrote letters in support of agent Tanner.  

Sacramento Bee - Monday, November 17, 2014
"Sacramento's Salmon Run in Full Swing, but Drought Still a Worry" - Fewer Fish Spawning Amid Drought - Fall Salmon Run Comes Up Short

Click to read the article.

ugust 2, 2014 - Auburn Journal - Guest Column by Jack Sanchez

"Another View: Conditions Excellent for Salmon Returning to the Auburn Ravine"

To view photos by 
Phil Robertson taken along the Auburn Ravine, click on the link above on the menu bar for "Photographs".

The Hemphill Dam: To All SARSAS Supporters - A Call to Action
Please write a gentle, courteous letter to Jim Bachman, Chairman of the Board of the Nevada Irrigation District (NID), urging him to put fish passage on the Hemphill Dam.  Fish passage will allow salmon get to prime spawning gravels upstream of Turkey Creek Golf Course.  In your letter, thank NID for installing the fish ladder at the Lincoln Gauging Station in 2012.  NID is a good group and has done much to help SARSAS accomplish some of its goals.  

Be courteous, but show NID that many people want NID to act rapidly on fish passage at the Hemphill Dam.  The fish will be back in October of 2014.  Time is of the essence.  Please write a letter and mail it today.

Jim Bachman
Chairman of the Board
Nevada Irrigation District Business Center
1036 West Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Auburn City Council Signs Resolution of Support for SARSAS

Resolution of Support for SAVE AUBURN RAVINE SALMON AND STEELHEAD (SARSAS) by the City of Auburn, signed unanimously on Monday, November 10, 2014

WHEREAS, SARSAS is an all-volunteer group dedicated to the objective of returning native salmon and steelhead to the upper reaches of the Auburn Ravine, and

WHEREAS, SARSAS supports responsible development and is committed to preserving public access to this unique riparian environment, and

WHEREAS, community outreach by SARSAS has included founding of the annual Salmon Celebration in Lincoln, recruiting volunteers for the annual Sierra Stream Cleanup Day, numerous presentations to community groups and commissions, grant applications and funding, and documentary film production seen by thousands of viewers, and

WHEREAS, SARSAS has spearheaded the installation of a $1.2M fish ladder at Lincoln Gauging Station which enabled 373 salmon to reach marginal spawning gravel and dig over 100 redds and spawn in the Auburn Ravine for the first time since 1989, and

WHEREAS, the organization is currently working with the Nevada Irrigation District on fish passage over Hemphill Dam two miles upstream from the City of Lincoln, the current obstacle to fish migration at the twenty- two mile mark, and

WHEREAS, SARSAS has work collaboratively with federal and state agencies removing eight dams in the Auburn Ravine, probably more than any other organization in California, and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Auburn unanimously signs and endorses this Resolution for SARSAS.


SARSAS meetings hosted by Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt are held on the fourth Monday of every month at 10 am at the Domes, 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, Ca 95603.  Meetings are held to one hour.

December Meeting: Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014: Peter B. Moyle
Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Center for Watershed Sciences
UC Davis

"Reconciliation Ecology: The Putah Creek Ecosystem"

Click here to view the agenda.

Future Meetings

January 26, 2015:  Bernadette Bezy

February 26, 2015: Pamela C. Creedon
Executive Officer
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board
"Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Auburn Ravine"

SARSAS at the Salmon Celebration 2014


Paul Newman speaks about "Salmon Nation"
(Press the play button to listen)

Visit the website for Salmon Nation

Next Barrier Needing a Fish Ladder and Fish Screen on Auburn Ravine

The Hemphill Dam is the next target for fish passage. It is an Nevada Irrigation District Dam. NID just put a fish ladder on the Lincoln Gauging Station last November which really allowed salmon to reach the first marginal spawning gravels below Hemphill Dam. Once HH is retrofitted for fish passages, salmon will be able to reach prime spawning grounds moving 6 miles upstream to the Gold Hill Dam, another NID Dam.

One of the Reasons SARSAS is Now at Work

It's early, but mark your calendar!

Wild Salmon or Tri-Tip Dinner

A benefit for SARSAS

Saturday, May 16, 2015
6:00 PM

Hosted by Pescatore Winery
7065 Ridge Road, Newcastle, CA

The dinner sold out very quickly last year so we want to get word out early.  Several reservations have already been made for the 2015 dinner. Please do not wait to make reservations.  Call or email now.

Jack Sanchez
(530) 888 - 0281

Click here to view the flyer for this event.

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