Watershed Stewardship Training Workshop

Thursday, November 16, 2000 - Saturday, November 18, 2000
SRWP Office, Woodland, CA

Dennis Bowker, SRWP Watershed Coordinator, conducted a Watershed Stewardship Training Workshop on November 16-18, 2000. This workshop was hugely popular, with 24 available spaces snapped up almost immediately. The workshop was also offered on February 15-16, 2001.

Workshop topics were:

  • Defining the "Watershed Approach", Watershed Functions and River Dynamics
  • Competition, Cooperation and Trust
  • Management in Complex Systems
  • Introduction to Stewardship Principles and Building Common Strategies
  • Conflict Management
  • Goal Setting and Watershed Planning Practice

A veteran in the world of water resource management attended the workshop in November and said: "Even though the target audience was people just starting into management training for watershed stewardships, the workshop provided additional insight and was very helpful even for someone who has been working in this area for many years. Dennis discussed social cycles, and how they impact watershed groups. I found this to be a helpful tool for my own work with watershed groups, and I intend to use the principles I learned by implementing them in my existing groups."

Agenda

Day One

8:30 - 9:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • What is the "Watershed Approach?"
9:00 - 10:15 Watershed Functions and River Dynamics
  • New views of the river
  • Watershed Complexity
10:15 - 10:35 Break
10:35 - 12:00 Competition, Cooperation and Trust
  • Role of Human Relationships in Watershed Management
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Management in Complex Systems
  • Science and Culture Interactions
  • Defining Success
2:00 - 3:15 Introduction to Stewardship Principles
  • Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty
  • Diversity and the Space of the Possible
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:15 Building Common Strategies
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Importance of Communication in Watershed Management
4:15 - 4:30 Summary and Adjournment

Day Two

8:45 - 9:45 Applying the Concepts
  • How to Get Started and Stay Moving
  • Checking Assumptions
9:45 - 10:30 Conflict Management
  • Reaching Agreement
  • Assessing Progress
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Maintaining the Energy for Progress
  • Steps in Plan Construction
  • Establishing Feedback
  • Encouraging Constituency Participation
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 Goal Setting
  • Defining Group Direction
  • Monitoring Progress
2:30 - 4:00 Watershed Planning Practice
  • Facilitation Basics
  • Steps in Plan Construction
4:00 - 4:30 Summary and Closure

Day Three

8:45 Meet at Woodland Library Parking Lot
9:00 - 11:30 Tour of Cache Creek Canyon and the upper Cache Creek watershed
12:00 Return to Woodland Library