Some Key Facts about the Albion
- The Albion River Watershed covers 43 square miles - or 30,000 acres.
- The beneficial uses of water on this river are fish habitat, habitat for non-fish aquatic species, recreation and domestic water use.
- The river has 87.5 miles of Class I [fish-bearing], 76.3 miles of Class II [other aquatic species] and 97.4 miles of Class III [ephemeral] watercourses.
- There are currently both coho and steelhead populations present. All three year-classes of coho are present and are uncontaminated by hatchery stock. These fish are critical to the recovery of coho in Mendocino County and should be considered a genetic refugia.
- The Albion is on the EPA's list of waterbodies impaired by sediment.
- In the last ten years, approximately 140 timber harvest plans have been approved on the Albion; other impacts are residential and agricultural use, and a developed marina on the estuary.
- A multi-agency report of 1978 found the Albion estuary to be a sensitive area and recommended no further development. There are eel grass beds located in the estuary. These provide a substrate for invertebrates, cover from predators for fish.
- There are 47 animal species and 92 plant species that are listed as threatened, endangered or sensitive that may live in the Albion.
Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance
PO Box 87, Elk, CA 95432