From the Daily Sound
By JOSHUA MOLINA -- July 9, 2010
Can the steelhead survive in Santa Barbara?
City officials, environmentalists, and water quality advocates sure hope so.
Starting next week, the city will begin work on a near -$800,000 project to help the endangered steelhead trout swim up Mission Creek and spawn.
Crews will remove concrete near the Tallant Road bridge, create pools for the fish to live and rest, and bury a protruding sewer main line deep into the creek to reduce sewage spills.
The construction will force the closure of Tallant Road from Samarkand Drive to Alamar Avenue from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays from July 12 to July 26.
The project is intended to improve the habitat for the fish, enhance creek water quality and restore native vegetation in Mission Creek. Officials will also plant 1,500 plants and trees in the creek
“Mission creek has really been neglected over the years,” said Santa Barbara City Councilman Das Williams. “There was a time when that fishery was a part of the local economy. It is my hope that 100 years from now it will be again.”
Dozens of years ago, steelhead were so plentiful that they could be fished out of the creeks with a pitchfork.