Saving steelhead the topic of CV Library event

Carmel Valley, California, March 20, 2019 – Friends of the Carmel Valley Library are proud to welcome Brian LeNeve, Conservation Chair of the Carmel River Steelhead Association, presenting Saving the Carmel River Steelhead, at the next 1st Saturday event held April 6 at 10:15 am.

Steelhead is an endangered species. These beautiful fish, hatched in the Carmel River, spend years wandering the ocean, only to return to spawn in the upper reaches of the Carmel River. But, the river itself faces challenges. In 1997, the Carmel River was listed as one of the 10 most endangered rivers in America.

The Carmel River Steelhead Association (CRSA) was formed in 1974 to advocate for rescuing and rearing Steelhead, water for the river and Steelhead, promoting habitat improvement, and informing the public about the Steelhead population. Mr. LeNeve will present an update on the status of the Carmel River Steelhead, as well as Carmel River Steelhead Association’s efforts to save them. He will explore historic numbers of Steelhead, current numbers and trends of Steelhead preservation, efforts to increase those numbers, and the population of Steelhead today.

Brian LeNeve was born in Carmel, raised in Carmel Valley, and graduated from Carmel High. His youth was spent on the Carmel River fishing, playing, and developing a love for the natural world.  His firm belief in giving back to the community has led him to spend much of the last 15 years advocating for the environment in general, and particularly for the Steelhead and native plants.  His formal work to save the Steelhead began when he joined the Carmel River Steelhead Association. Currently, Mr. LeNeve serves not only with CRSA, but also as President of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

This program is hosted by Friends of the Carmel Valley Library as part of the long-standing and popular 1st Saturday Series. This event is free, open to the public, and held at the Carmel Valley branch, 65 West Carmel Valley Road. Library doors open at 10 am; the program begins promptly at 10:15. Refreshments will be available; seating is limited. For further information, please call the library at 659-2377.

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