The Kilarc Foundation

An Independent Non-profit Organization
for Restoration and Support of Migrating Fish

Vision 2013

The Kilarc Foundation was originally set up as a non-profit entity to use small hydropower revenue to enhance anadromous fish in Northern California. The intent was to address the anadromous fish directly affected by the Kilarc Project.

This project is to perserve the existing renewable energy source that is important to the greater Northern Califfornia Community and handicapped fishers from North of Sacramento.  We now are using Foundation resources generated from the Kilarc Project, and donations by Davis Hydro, Avery Hydro, and other hydropower projects.

Today, the original idea has expanded to include other anadromous and catadromous fish impacted by hydro operations. The focus will always be on migrating fish projects of all types where we can make a difference to the resource.

While salmon are a major impacted species, there is little we can add directly to that effort because we would be eclipsed by far grander and less relevant efforts in the Northwest.

Our original and primary interest was, and remains, steelhead trout, in that their behaviors and salvation is less well studied and smaller scale opportunities exist to help these fish.

The Foundation was expanded in 2012 and its role has been separated from Davis Hydro to address diadromous fish in other areas than the Kilarc Project. The current structure of the Foundation is that it is managed primarily by staff of its founder Dr. Richard Ely to work on migrating fish impacted by hydropower.

The Foundation will transition to being independent of project specific hydropower funding and management, as others have far better expertise in fish resources and better credentials to manage research in this area. For the moment, however, until separate management is in place, the Foundation is staffed at the secretariat level as the Fish Research arm of Davis Hydro while it is funded from multiple projects, and seeking partners in helping these fish.

To that end we have been studying the genetics and epigenetics as a way of improving the management of the species. The destruction of the California Steelhead ancestral species has been by man. We have destroyed the genetic and epigenetic indigenous genotypes and this challanges us to repair that damage as much as we are challanged to improve the polluted, and overheated ecosystem we have left for these fish to survive in.