What you see above is video shot by our Water Quality Specialist Nathan Rich from the spring of 2014. What we’ve dubbed the “Coho Steelhead Party” showcases the fish in their natural environment along Cahto Creek during a collaborative snorkel survey with our ‘Stream Team’ partners from the Cahto EPA Department.
The underwater footage was shot using a Go Pro Camera by Nate as part of his resoration work, which also ties in with our EPA 319 and 106 programs. To get a better idea of the areas where he’s working, check out this Spawner Survey map and this Snorkeling Survey map that depict the areas where his work remains focused.
Some of the species that can be seen in the Coho Party are the Steelhead Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), both are threatened and endangered. Many biologists agree that there are no longer any sustained populations of Coho in the Upper Russian River Watershed.