The United Anglers of Casa Grande (UACG) is writing to update you on something truly remarkable happening right now in our program!
The Warm Springs/Don Claus fish hatchery, operated by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at Lake Sonoma, is home to a captive Broodstock program that is designed to regenerate the population of the federally listed, and critically endangered, species of Coho Salmon.
Due to the severe drought in our area, and corresponding rise in water temperatures, the Broodstock facility needed a plan to re-locate the Coho to a facility with colder water to protect their survival. As a result, UACG was presented with a Public / Private Partnership opportunity.
In concert with USACE, NOAA, National Marine Fisheries, CA Dept Fish and Wildlife and the Sonoma County Water Authority, fifty percent of the Broodstock Coho salmon from the Federal hatchery have been relocated to the UACG Hatchery at Casa Grande High School!
This is a partnership like no other! High school students have NEVER been asked to step up to this level, at the request of federal, state, and local agencies, to save a critically endangered species in our area. Beyond just a story about a species in crisis, this story shows how our governmental agencies, public partners, and future generation of students can inspire change.
Thousands of Young of the Year, and One Year Plus, Coho Salmon are currently swimming happily in our perfectly chilled Raceways and Rounds! These teenagers have taken on 100% of the physical work involved in ensuring the survival of this species.
We invite and encourage you to visit our student-designed and student funded hatchery. You will witness the magic of these students at work.
As a reminder, UACG is a 5013c non-profit, non-government affiliated, state-of-the-art fish hatchery that is located on the campus of Casa Grande High School in Petaluma. Our program is run entirely on donations and the hard work of our high school students.
Part of our success is YOUR success! Your generosity to our program helps to make this rescue effort, and learning adventure, possible. Thank you for your support, and your future consideration. We would be grateful for your continued support!