Hope for San Mateo Creek Steelhead?
Near San Mateo Creek, one of southern California’s last free-flowing streams, volunteers hope their search for the almost-extinct southern steelhead aids the fight to save this critical watershed. “Hazzard hikes up Devil Canyon to explore pools that may contain steelhead and finds a 50-foot-long stretch of creek so still it reflects canyon walls. Insects dart overhead, oaks shade the surface, the water is cool and the gravelly bottom is suitable for spawning, but it’s not deep enough for steelhead. There is no sign of the fish or grooves they make on the bottom to lay eggs.” Dan Weikel in the L.A. Times.