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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 species respectively.
The San Mateo Resource Conservation District is spearheading a project that will remove a two-to-three-foot tall concrete barrier, which limits fish migration, from the San Francisquito. Now in its final stages, the alteration is scheduled to be completed by December 2013, just in time for the yearly fish migration.
The San Mateo Resource Conservation District is a locally governed agency charged with facilitating conservation partnerships between the vast array of interests. Formed in 1939, the SMRCD is one of the most successful RCDs in California, which has 102 other such districts. It was awarded the honor of “District of the Year” by the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts in 2012.