Our projects restore our community watersheds for Steelhead trout and other species for today and future generations


CROWD HYdrology

Crowd hydrology, in partnership with the University of Buffalo, empowers the public to be citizen scientists -- to read water depth and collect data as they’re walking by streams and estuaries. CCSE staff installs the signs that measure water depth in different sites throughout the county, along with instructions. You text the data and it gets added automatically to an online database. It’s that easy!

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San Luis Obispo County Low Flow Monitoring and Evaluation

Funded by the California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) Streamflow Enhancement Program, CCSE is collecting low flow data across SLO County at 70 sites to determine which creeks should be targeted for future restoration efforts. 


Central Coast Watershed

Arroyo Grande Stream Gauge Modification

This project removes and reconstructs the existing concrete platform that currently spans the main creek channel and lowers the stream bed so migrating adult and juvenile Steelhead can once again swim upstream to more than three miles of critical habitat.


San Luis Obispo community culvert

San Luis obispo City Culvert

San Luis Obispo Creek runs through a tunnel under downtown San Luis Obispo, and inside there are several barriers over which adult and juvenile Steelhead trout cannot migrate. This study is to investigate the feasiblity of modifying the barriers inside the tunnel to improve fish passage.


Invasive plant preventing fish from moving through watershed


This invasive plant is removed to improve spawning and rearing habitat for Steelhead trout along West Corral de Piedra, a tributary of Pismo Creek.