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Keep the dream alive!

1983 and 1986
United Anglers of Casa Grande receives the California State
Golden Bell award for best high school program, the only two-
time winner in the history of this prestigious award.

Students form the United Anglers of Casa Grande High School
and officially adopt Adobe Creek in an effort to see if they could
make a difference in its environmental condition. Massive creek
cleanup begins. Over 30 truckloads of illegally dumped waste are

hauled out of Adobe Creek. (i.e. stoves, refrigerators, tires, old
engines, and car parts.)

In an effort to start rebuilding streamside habitat, students begin
planting over 1100 trees each year.

Creation of first fish hatchery.

Approximately 2,000 fingerling steelhead are rescued from drying
summer pools in Adobe Creek.

Peter Pfendler donates $180,000. for the completion of the new
state-of-the-art UACG Hatchery.

Light rain proves good for steelhead as 35 adults return to spawn.

Nine steelhead arrive late into April.

Our 20th year celebration! Over 60 adult steelhead trout return to
Adobe Creek, the largest return to date.

In an effort to educate others about the environment, students
begin a new offshoot: The Junior United Anglers. Students visit
local elementary schools to promote the project. The Junior
Anglers begin with two teachers and sixty 3 rd and 5 th graders.

Founder Tom Furrer Retires after 30 years of restoration work. The
students and UACG organization is thankful for the many years of

United Anglers begins its thirtieth year of conservation service.

At the direction of CDFW, UACG is instructed to no longer trap
and rear Chinook salmon from the Petaluma river.

First year students are given permission to raise Russian River
Steelhead trout.
First season of spawner survey conducted under 4(d ) coverage.
Six Adult Steelhead trout observes.

Reports of Steelhead observed in Lichau creek.

Two Steelhead trout observed in Lichau creek during the spawning
Over 17,000 Russian River Steelhead trout are successfully reared
by student’s and returned to Warm Springs fish hatchery.

UACG has a new Scientific Collection Permit issued to evaluate the
presence of Chinook salmon in the Petaluma river.
UACG creates a course call Environmental Conservation and
Restoration (ENCR) which gets approved as a d-lab science by the
UC system.
Over 20,000 Russian River Steelhead trout are successfully reared
by student’s and returned to Warm Springs hatchery.

UACG forms a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which
consists of representatives from Department of Fish and Wildlife,
National Marine Fisheries Services, Trout Unlimited Redwood
Chapter and UACG. This group will play a role in evaluating
hatchery practices at UACG facility and the recovery of Steelhead
trout in the Petaluma Watershed.
During the summer, tissue samples were collected by UACG with
oversite by NMFS. These samples will allow for the TAC to gain a
better understanding of the population for determining recovery
Over 150 student’s enroll in ENCR!

Students and teachers from a high school in Grants Pass Colorado
visit UACG’s hatchery with the hopes of building their own facility.
Two Steelhead trout carcasses in Adobe creek.
Field Studies (United Anglers) becomes and advance course. ENCR
is a required course to enter Field Studies.
Field Studies (United Anglers) becomes Career Technical
Education (CTE) program. Increasing job readiness skills.

Wildfire danger forced relocation of annual fundraiser to an alternate venue. Draft of Rescue Rearing Management Plan (RRMP) created. 

2020 - Covid 19 Pandemic starts, entire academic year 100% remote learning. First Steelhead tissue sample collected from Lynch Creek.

2021/2022 - Rescue Rearing Management Plan (RRMP) submitted for review to State and Federal Agencies. Program first: Brood stock Coho held in Facility supporting Captive Programs from the Russian River Watershed.  80,000 Coho Eggs from King Fisher Flat hatchery reared at UACG to support captive program found in Santa Cruz.  Purchased and installed new "backup" Chiller!

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