Marovich receives honors, Salmon Festival returns

At the Salmon Festival, Rich Marovich was celebrated for his 21 years of service at the Putah Creek Streamkeeper and his efforts in helping to restore Putah Creek. (Crystal Apilado/Winters Express)

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The annual Winters Salmon Festival returned on Saturday, Nov. 5, after not being held since 2019 due to the pandemic. 

Ella Cooper learns the importance of keeping water sources clean in a hand-on Salmon Festival activity. (Crystal Apilado/Winters Express)

The Salmon Festival celebrates the annual return and migration of the fall-run Chinook salmon to the lower Putah Creek habitat. Many attendees walked along the creek in hopes of glimpsing the salmon as they made their way up.

Rich Marovich was celebrated for his 21 years of service as the Solano County Water Agency’s streamkeeper. A bench featuring detailed salmon in metal was dedicated in honor of his legacy, and Marovich received resolutions from Assemblymemer Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Congressman John Garamendi.

As the first stream keeper appointed to the role, Marovich led complex and cooperative projects to help restore Putah Creek to what is it today and to protect the Lower Putah Creek resources. The projects were successful in restoring the form and function of the creek’s streambed, floodplains and riparian habitat.

Marovich retired from the position in January and passed the role on to Max Stevenson, who was the opening speaker at the dedication ceremony.

Hundreds of people came to the Salmon Festival throughout the day. Multiple agencies were on site to provide information, resources and more to attendees. Children were able to visit participating booths to engage in hands-on activities and learn about the importance of keeping water resources clean, protecting habitats, the life cycle of salmon, and wildfire readiness.

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