Winter-run Chinook salmon are on the verge of extinction due to a range of causes including the barrier created by Shasta Dam, water mismanagement, drought, habitat destruction, and water pollution. Indian Cultural Organization (ICO) will use the Rose Foundation grant to continue the Run4Salmon Campaign — a two-week prayerful journey that follows the salmon upstream from the San Francisco Bay Delta to the McCloud River. The goal of the Run4Salmon Campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of protecting waterways, restoring wild salmon runs, defending sacred sites, and revitalizing indigenous lifeways in the face of climate change. This grant will specifically support outreach to current and prospective supporters to participate in the program. In partnership with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, ICO will conduct an all-day Environmental Justice Bay Delta to Sacramento Watershed Boat Tour that will bring government officials and key stakeholders together and facilitate discussion about water quality issues throughout the Sacramento watershed. This grant will also support the group’s efforts to increase civic engagement in opposition to the Shasta Dam Raise Project, which as currently proposed would destroy the Winnemem Wintu Salmon Restoration Project. The Winnemem chinook winter-run salmon are in the top 3 of endangered runs in California, and populations are continuing to plummet. ICO hopes to leverage their supporter base to engage with, educate, and influence government bodies to join them in their restoration efforts. Overall, ICO’s campaign will help to improve the water quality of the rivers and contribute to the successful restoration for critical salmon runs.
Indian Cultural Organization
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2019
Water Resources/Watershed Protection
Alameda County ; Butte County ; Colusa County ; Glenn County ; Sacramento County ; San Francisco County ; Shasta County ; Solano County ; Tehama County ; Yolo County