The Scott River Water Trust is the first active water trust in California and is a community-supported organization that operates with the cooperation of local farmers, ranchers, agencies, and businesses. Our purpose is to improve stream flow in priority fish habitat reaches of the Scott River and its tributaries through the development of voluntary long-term and permanent water dedications with agricultural producers.
THE SCOTT RIVER WATERSHED – AT A GLANCE
Located in the middle of the Klamath River Basin, the Scott River watershed supports both family farms and annual runs of Chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead trout. Known as the primary producer of coho salmon in California and large portions of Oregon, the Scott is key to the long-term survival of this threatened species. The watershed encompasses 814 square miles, ranges from 1,600 ft. to 8,500 ft. in elevation, and is 58 miles long. The Scott Valley floor consists of 33,000 production acres, which are primarily used to grow hay, grain and livestock, and water use is approximately 50% surface diversion and 50% groundwater pumping. Scott Valley is a community of about 6,500 people and includes the cities of Etna and Fort Jones, and the towns of Greenview and Callahan.
Clink on the link below to see the location of the Scott River within the greater Klamath Basin.