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Carmel River Steelhead Association


The mission of the Carmel River Steelhead Association (CRSA) is the restoration and conservation of the federally threatened steelhead fishery on the Carmel River and its watershed. The primary goal is to return the Carmel River watershed to as natural a state as possible so that it will maintain an annual run of adult steelhead in excess of 2,000 fish.

The Big Idea

Steelhead in Carmel River are an important species of fish that indicates a healthy river. The Carmel River Steelhead Association restores and conserves the threatened steelhead fishery and its watershed on the Carmel River, protecting this ecosystem that is enjoyed by a diverse range of wildlife and also the human residents of Monterey County. This nonprofit’s Big Idea is to fund two Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags to track the movement of tagged steelhead in Cachagua Creek, better understanding the population.

The Carmel River Steelhead Association performs a critical service to both the fish in our creeks and to the residents of our region. They advocate for habitat and water quality improvements throughout the watershed, as well as train and organize teams of volunteers to do the difficult work of climbing through miles of creek bed and poison oak to rescue juvenile fish that would otherwise perish in drying streams. Steelhead are a key component of our shared natural heritage and the Carmel River Steelhead Association is dedicated to the conservation and continued success of Steelhead recovery in the Carmel River Watershed.

- Jennifer Hunter

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.