Stronger Protections from Pesticides
for Endangered Salmon & Trout
Turtle Island Restoration Network and a coalition of advocates for alternatives to pesticides, conservation organizations, and fishing groups have reached a significant agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency. The agreement restores reasonable no-spray buffer zones to protect salmon and steelhead from five broad-spectrum insect killers – diazinon, chlorpyrifos, malathion, carbaryl, and methomyl.
“Keeping these highly toxic pesticides out of streams and rivers protects the health of salmon and our children,” said Todd Steiner, executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network. “It is way more cost effective than trying to clean up the mess after the fact.”
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Saving West Marin's Coho Salmon by Restoring Habitat & Buying Homes
Coho salmon are a unique species. They begin their lives in California's freshwater streams, mature in the Pacific Ocean, and then return to their natal creeks to spawn and finally die. They once flooded streams and sent fishers home with millions of fish each season, but today California's streams no longer support these iconic wild fish.
Turtle Island Restoration Network's Habitat and Homes Project aims to change that dynamic.
It is not a mystery why so few California streams still support coho salmon. Human-caused modifications to the natural environment ranging from dam building to housing to logging have chipped away at the species' chances of survival. Coho salmon thrive in creeks surrounded by trees. A rich forest ecosystem provides the ingredients salmon need to survive: shade, food, shelter and cold, clean water. When too many creekside forests are replaced with roads, buildings and failing septic systems, the local populations of coho salmon disappear.
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Teachers to Learn Environmental Education Skills at Summer Salmon Institute
The Summer Salmon Institute for 3rd to 5th grade teachers encourages science-based watershed education in elementary classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program is leading the free workshop in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (BWET).
The five-day, free, environmental educational workshop for teachers incorporates the new Next Generation Science Standards and California’s Common Core State Standards into the curriculum. Teacher training and student field experiences will be provided in topics such as restoration techniques, native plant identification, rainwater harvesting and constructing rain gardens. Teachers will leave with ready-to-use lesson plans, and yearlong support from SPAWN. Field trip stipends will be made available to participating low-income schools in the Bay Area.
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Reserve a spot online at here.