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updated: Jan 31, 2013, 8:32 AM

The Santa Barbara City Council accepted a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy to help build a fishway to enable steelhead trout to get up Mission Creek.

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http://www.independent.com/news/2013/jan/31/make-way-fishway/

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 COMMENT 369390 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 10:36 AM

I wonder how many of these fish will actually make it.

 

 COMMENT 369395 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 10:53 AM

390, I'm willing to bet few to none. I recall ten years ago I was working on a project and when the environmental people came to inspect, they found ONE fish...and they were thrilled!!!!!! It was really eye-opening...

 

 COMMENT 369405 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 11:00 AM

Where do I place my bet?

 

 COMMENT 369408 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 11:02 AM

Well, I have high hopes for this! Just imagine if our creeks were filled with these beautiful fish again. And then I wouldn't have to go all the way to BC to fish for Steelhead! Kidding....

 

 COMMENT 369409 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 11:02 AM

more tax payer money down the drain (er creak)

 

 COMMENT 369427 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 11:39 AM

with all the money invested in infrastructure for these fish over the past 15 years, each fish that makes it inland more than a mile has got to be worth $1 Million.

 

 COMMENT 369429P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 11:41 AM

Sounds cool! Nice image of the fish replenishing areas we have taken over, seems fair.

 

 COMMENT 369430P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 11:43 AM

3.3 million on this project. Unbelievable use of money, smh

 

 COMMENT 369436 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 11:56 AM

The scariest part is that 427 is completely right...

 

 COMMENT 369443 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 12:12 PM

People have been dumping trash into sycamore creek. Is there a number to report this before it flows to the ocean?

 

 COMMENT 369478 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 01:46 PM

Glad to see this project moving forward!

 

 COMMENT 369516 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 02:41 PM

great, mission creek is my favorite place to go steelhead fishing ! I only caught 5 last year, hoping for a double digit season this year

 

 COMMENT 369528 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 03:08 PM

Good news! It would be so cool if a healthy population comes back.

 

 COMMENT 369596 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 05:10 PM

cool! I will renew my fishing license:)...jk

 

 COMMENT 369643P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 08:39 PM

@ 443: The number is : 897-2688 (in case you're not reading the deleted comment(s);

Please call and report this illegal activity ASAP.

Cleaning up the creeks and restoring fishways is of benefit to us all. Anything that can be done to help our wildlife, should be done.

 

 COMMENT 369657P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 09:09 PM

This should be a real benefit to our homeless population. Now they will be able to fish for trout in the creek and bake them over an open fire in their camps. What other town offers that to its homeless?

 

 COMMENT 369729 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:33 AM

Can someone explain why we are doing this? A tangible reason that has a true impact, not just the feel-good reason. The Santa Ynez river plan was never completed and did not involve construction in the creek channel. Yet the SYR once held a whole lot more steelhead than mission creek ever could. Why should we have any faith that this project will be more successful? Are there any successful steelhead ladders in california? Were the impacts of global warming and sea level rise included in the study? Where does the "light blue line" cross the creek?

Clueless in SB

 

 COMMENT 369784 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 08:44 AM

I can understand the city accepting this gift (grant) even on the specious grounds used, they take money anyway they can get it. I cannot imagine anyone actually giving money for this boondoggle. You would think they would just look at the cesspool between the ocean and the railroad overcrossing to realize that even if trout attempted to swim "upstream" very few would survive the first 50 yards. To by-pass this mess would require MILLIONS not thousands of dollars probably amounting in the end to one or two hundred thousand dollars a fish. But then these do good-feel good greenies and their government partners have always said why not, it not my money!

 

 COMMENT 369841P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 10:06 AM

784 - EXACTLY. It's not your money so quit complaining about it!

 

 COMMENT 369855 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 10:27 AM

841 In most cases it IS my money and every other taxpayers'. Although this gift is reported to be from the Coastal Conservancy the origin is not traced. Many of these silly projects are joint projects between the politicallly correct greenies and their allies the politically correct politicians stepping all over themselves to preserve their politically correct appearance. I have looked at that creek from its headwaterrs to the ocean for 60 years and this "project" is classic boondoggle. Just like the "bed tax" which became a way to pay off beaurocrats pretending to protect the creeks while collecting fat salaries under the guise of being "non-profit". Their greatest accomplishment was placing overpriced little emblems at storm drains and paying for silly overpriced videos about things washing into the ocean.

 

 COMMENT 369883 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 11:14 AM

Yeah, who cares if our sewage drains into the ocean. I think I'm gonna go home and dump my trash in the storm drain along with some leftover bleach...

 

 COMMENT 370033 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 04:40 PM

But 883 there is a little emblem there telling you not to. That will stop everyone from dumping things won't it? Or surely if they have seen the little expensive cartoon video on television about things running into the ocean those people who change their car's motor oil in their driveway will never pour it into the street or down one of the storm drains, right! And how much of the bed tax money increased ostensibly for creek protection and restoration do these valiant creek protectors get in salary, benefits, perks or "contracts" to make home videos, emblems and other "make-work" at taxpayer expense?

 

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