Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund 

A grantmaking initiative that supports conservation projects in the Upper Kern River Basin.

The Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund was established in 2005 as a requirement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s relicensing of Southern California Edison’s Kern River Number 3 Hydroelectric Project. The specific purpose of the Fund is to grant dollars to projects that support three priorities: 

  1. Implementation of the Upper Kern Basin Fishery Management Plan
  2. Restoration of the native Kern River rainbow trout
  3. Other enhancement of fisheries resources in the Upper Kern Basin

Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund Grant Recipients

Spring 2013

  • Southern Sierra Fly Fishers—$17,000: For the continued work on the Hatchery Wells at the Kernville Fish Hatchery.

Fall 2011

  • The Regents of the University of California—$89,045:  To develop a hatchery and genetic management plan for the Kern River Rainbow Trout.

Summer 2009

  • Southern Sierra Fly Fishers—$120,000:  To drill four wells and provide improvements for rearing Kern River Rainbow Trout.

Summer 2008

  • The Regents of the University of California—$83,907:  To assess selected fish populations within and outside the Kern River drainage to determine the existence and distribution of remaining "pure" Kern River Rainbow Trout.
  • California Department of Fish and Game—$31,236:  To provide back country horse patrols into the Upper Kern Basin so as to enhance the protection of the Kern River Rainbow Trout and to help insure its continued recovery.
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI)—$7,802:  To collect trout samples and inventory zooplankton assemblages in lakes and streams identified for restoration in the Upper Kern River Sequoia National Park.
  • University of California, Davis—$54,075:  To inventory lake benthic macro invertebrate assemblages; visually identify lake benthic macro invertebrate and zooplankton assemblages; and genetically analyze lake and stream benthic macro invertebrate assemblages, zooplankton assemblages, and trout populations in lakes and streams identified for restoration in the Upper Kern River of Sequoia National Park.
  • University of California, Santa Barbara—$18,270:  To inventory and visually identify benthic invertebrate assemblages in streams identified for restoration in the Upper Kern River of Sequoia National Park, in order to evaluate recovery of benthic macro invertebrate assemblages in Upper Kern River restoration sites.
  • Sequoia National Forest—$15,466:  To provide baseline assessment of fisheries resources in areas not normally covered by project based stream surveys to help identify streams with potential for stocking with Kern River Rainbow Trout, degraded streams in need of remedial work and provide trends with repeated inventory for tracking recovery from the McNally fire.
  • Inyo National Forest—$64,465:  For the restoration and improvement of trout habitat in the Upper Kern Basin, and to the improvement of the quality of the Upper Kern Basin water including the attainment and maintenance of water quality regulatory standards such as fecal coliform levels.

Summer 2007

  • California Department of Fish and Game—$27,335:  To provide back country horse patrols into the Upper Kern Basin so as to enhance the protection of the Kern River Rainbow Trout and to help insure its continued recovery. 
  • The Regents of the University of California—$81,903:  To assess selected fish populations within and outside of the Kern River drainage to determine the existence and distribution of remaining "pure" Kern River Rainbow Trout.