By: Alex Breitler, Record

Often mistaken for a drainage ditch, Stockton’s humble Calaveras River has potential to aid in the recovery of threatened Central Valley steelhead, a federal fish agency said Tuesday.

Measures to help Calaveras steelhead are part of a much broader “recovery plan” released Tuesday by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The document was described as a “road map” to restore not only steelhead but also imperiled salmon up and down the Valley.

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Record Staff Writer
November 28, 2009 12:00 AM

Stockton’s frequently forgotten Calaveras River could someday host a viable population of steelhead, according to a new federal plan to restore threatened and endangered fish across the Central Valley.

Bringing back the migratory rainbow trout is considered a high priority among the many restoration needs on other streams, says the draft document from the National Marine Fisheries Service.

But first, channel barriers must be removed to give fish better access to spawning areas above Bellota Weir, where much of the Calaveras is diverted to farms and the city of Stockton.

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