One fish at a time! No fish left behind!
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SAVE OUR FISH!
CHEER recognizes that the Pajaro River Watershed is home to the most important fish species in our region! The South-Central Coast Steelhead Trout is an anadromous species. This means this species is born in fresh water and migrates to the ocean upon reaching their juvenile stage. Due to diminishing populations in the early 1990's, The South-Central Coast Steelhead has been listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act as a "Threatened Species."
As said in our mission statement, CHEER recognizes that varied interests are represented in local economies. It believes that assessing and reconciling these interests so that each group profits by cooperation in restoration efforts is the key to more effective environmental programming!
The South-Central Coast Steelhead acts as a key indicator species by requiring good to very good water quality. Through CHEER's Habitat Reclamation and Restoration efforts to create a sustainable ecosystem for Steelhead populations. Unfortunately, CHEER volunteers are discovering different negative impacts to our waterways! These include: garbage dumping, abandoned autos, boats, chemical dumping, tires etc! These issues create a sterile environment in our waterways, void of life! As CHEER takes on these daily battles to protect our water quality, we consistently find new problem areas which indicate that we are still in recovery and have yet to reach a point of environmental sustainability!
Our goal is to create "living streams and ecosystems" which are required by Steelhead to thrive! Make sure to visit each tab to find out how you can assist in safeguarding our resource-based local economies!
THE PAJARO RIVER WATERSHED
This watershed has created recreational activities, a great place to live and learn for generations. It is vitally important to protect and preserve the natural resources located in this watershed community! CHEER founding Board Members grew up in this watershed, as youth we fished, hunted and camped on local streams. CHEER has made a commitment to leave the watershed like we found it! We want to ensure future generations can enjoy what we once had!
Help us oppose the new PG&E Substation!
With PG&E on the verge of building a new substation located in the most sensitive area of our Pajaro River Watershed! PG&E is proposing to build this substation in the Upper Uvas Creek Sub-Basin. At this point in the battle it is critical for not only CHEER but the communities that could be impacted, take action against this proposal! This substation would not only harm critical habitat for Steelhead Trout (Threatened Species) and many other species; it could also cause serious issues to the drinking water of all South County Residents! Please take action now and stop this before other serious issues arise! If you are interested in assisting with opposition you can do so by contacting your Santa Clara County Supervisors before January 19th! Please click here to be directed to District 1's Supervisor Mike Wasserman's website!
CHEER needs TROUT TRACKERS!
CHEER will be hosting a training session for community volunteers to conduct Steelhead Monitoring! These volunteers would be trained by CHEER's own Herman Garcia on how to properly identify, locate, and report on Steelhead sightings! If you or someone you know would be interested in this opportunity please stop by the Gilroy Public Library on January 18th, 2017 from 6:00 to 8;00 pm! We look forward to seeing you there!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO WERE ABLE TO ATTEND! WE WILL BE SCHEDULING ANOTHER DATE IN FEBRUARY! INFO COMING SOON!!!
Help ensure future generations can enjoy what once was!
C.H.E.E.R is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization focused on the reclamation of our environments natural resources. We want to move toward a better future so coming generations can enjoy the outdoors as some of us once had. By donating know that 100 % off all donations go toward programs and projects aimed at the preservation of our natural resources! Any help counts! Thank you!