San Francisquito Creek - America's Most Endangered Rivers (2014) 

Searsville Dam blocks spawning headwater streams for San Francisquito Creek. Removing the 65-foot dam will allow endangered steelhead to return upstream and spawn. Posted by American Rivers.

Steelhead Downstream of Searsville Dam (2013)

Wild steelhead in lower San Francisquito Creek, between Palo Alto and Menlo Park, CA. This pair successfully spawned. The end of the clip shows the redd (or nest) they dug into the clean cobbles and gravels where fertilized eggs incubate. Posted by Stoecker Ecological.

Searsville Dam and Reservoir (2010)

This is what many aquatic species and migratory wildlife encounter while trying to travel up and down the San Francisquito Creek watershed's riparian corridor....Stanford University's Searsville Dam. One of the last, threatened steelhead trout populations in the entire South San Francisco Bay hangs on below the dam and has been observed attempting to jump the impassable concrete barrier. Posted by StoeckerEcological1.

San Francisquito Creek Steelhead trout (2013)

Spawning 26" Steelhead trout in San Francisquito Creek, February 21, 2013 observed on the section below the Chaucer Street bridge and along Woodland Avenue. The old red brick that you see in the creek bed provides a convenient scale - the end of a standard brick is 4 inches. Posted by Doug Rundle.

Restoration Work on the San Francisquito Creek (2013) 

Flowing from the foothills to the bay, the San Francisquito Creek defines part of the boundary between San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. The creek is considered one of the suitable remaining habitats for the spawning of Steelhead Trout and Coho Salmon, which are threatened and endangered, respectively. Posted by StanfordJournalism.


Recommended films / documentaries 

DamNation trailer

Dam removal is no longer the work of a fictional Monkey Wrench Gang. It's real, upon us, a cornerstone of the modern environmental and cultural movements. DamNation is a collection of impassioned voices and spirited stories from the people entrenched on both sides of this divisive issue. Posted by sxsw.

Return of the River trailer

"Return of the River" offers a story of hope and possibility amid grim environmental news. More at

Lost Rivers trailer

Once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. We built houses along their banks. Our roads hugged their curves. And their currents fed our mills and factories. But as cities grew, we polluted rivers so much that they became conduits for deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, which was 19th century's version of the Black Plague. Our solution two centuries ago was to bury rivers underground and merge them with sewer networks.

Today, under the city, they still flow, out of sight and out of mind… until now. That’s because urban dwellers are on a quest to reconnect with this denigrated natural world. Posted by MINT Film Festival.

Wild Reverence trailer

Wild Reverence "The Plight of the American Wild Steelhead" chronicles one of the most sought after fish on the planet and the severe decline of wild populations with hope and solutions for a wild future. Posted by Shane Anderson.

Watershed movie trailer

A film about saving the Colorado River & exploring a new water ethic for the New West. Executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford. 

A film about saving the Colorado River & exploring a new water ethic for the New West. Executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford. Produced by Redford Center & Kontent Films. Watch the full film here:

Southern California Steelhead: Against All Odds Full Documentary

Southern California Steelhead: Against All Odds is a documentary about one of California's most magnificent and endangered native fish species. Once numbering in the tens of thousands, these resilient fish are now on the brink of extinction. Dams, development, water extraction, pollution and climate change have all taken their toll. Posted by Cal Trout.