San Francisquito Watershed Council - Steelhead Task Force Projects
San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, CA


San Francisquito Creek Steelhead Technical Task Force Guidance Document. Stoecker 2000
Adult Steelhead Passage in the Bear Creek Watershed 2001

Juvenile steelhead trout and native California roach below the Felt Diversion Dam on Los Trancos Creek.

Stoecker Ecological biologist and owner Matt Stoecker founded the SFWC Steelhead Task Force in June 2000 and served as the Task Force chairman for the first two years. In 2001 Matt Stoecker wrote and contributed several sections to the Smith and Harden report “Adult Steelhead Passage in the Bear Creek Watershed” helping to turn this report into the fish barrier guidance document for the larger San Francisquito Creek watershed. Starting in 2003 Stoecker Ecological was hired by the SFWC to manage steelhead restoration projects, and conduct migration barrier assessment, analysis, and prioritization. Management of six fish passage improvement projects included design planning coordination, permitting, contractor oversight as well as assistance with the writing of several successfully funded restoration grants. The Steelhead Task Force has removed or modified almost a dozen fish passage barriers since it’s inception with more in the planning stage and one culvert removal planned for the summer of 2007 on McGarvey Gulch Creek in Huddart County Park. Matt Stoecker continues to support Steelhead Task Force efforts as a member and volunteer.

This undersized and damaged culvert on McGarvey Creek will not longer impede steelhead migration after it is removed during the summer of 2007.
Wild steelhead rescued from a drying pool below a diversion dam on Bear Gulch Creek and relocated to a nearby perennial pool, San Francisquito Creek watershed.
Flood damaged intake screens at the Felt Lake Diversion Dam on Los Trancos Creek. The STF has collaborated with owner Stanford University on a new, more effective fish passage design planned for this dam.
A large base log and notch of concrete was cut out of this abandoned flashboard dam to improve steelhead migration upstream while preserving the deep downstream rearing pool.
San Francisquito Creek flows past sedges, bay laurel, coast live oaks, and the communities of Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
A notch was cut out of this concrete curb to help steelhead migrate up San Francisquito Creek.
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