SRWP eNewsletter - August 2008

Aug 1, 2008
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August 2008
Sacramento River Watershed Program eNewsletter
In This Issue
Sprawl and the Sacramento River Watershed
Regional Water Quality Monitoring Workshop
Watershed Grant Opportunity
Statewide Watershed Program Update
CALFED Job Opportunity
Meet the SRWP Board
TV Watershed Messages
CA Water Plan Update
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The dog days of summer are upon us!  Hope you have enjoyed your summer! 
 
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Watershed Issue of the Month:
Sprawl and the Transformation of the Sacramento River Watershed 
 
Grazing MapThe Sacramento River Watershed is undergoing a fundamental transformation from agricultural uses to urban/suburban/exurban uses. The fundamental driver of this growth is the highly desirable quality of life that the area provides; residents of the valley, foothills, and mountains love to live in the rich and bountiful rural environment that this watershed provides. But as people are drawn here and develop new homes and businesses, those qualities are transformed to an urban environment. This is a pattern repeated throughout California's history, as one agricultural or natural geographic area after another became ripe for growth.  SRWP consultant, Otis Wollan, recently partnered with sprawlUC Davis to explore the implementation of this dramatic transformation. 
 
Check out the findings!
 
 
Upcoming Regional Water Quality Monitoring Workshop...
You're Invited!
 
WQ WorkshopSRWP is sponsoring a workshop to discuss opportunities to develop and implement a Regional Monitoring Program for the Sacramento River Watershed. This effort is building off of SRWP's decade-long monitoring program with the goal of creating a more sustainable, stakeholder-based program.  Presentations will be given by key agency representatives and community leaders, with breakout sessions to follow.  Stay tuned for the full agenda!
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
California Farm Bureau Federation
2300 River Plaza Drive, Sacramento, CA
 
The workshop is free and lunch will be provided!
 
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Stephen McCord at 530-753-6400. 
Watershed Grant Opportunity: 2008 CALFED Watershed Grant Program
 Grants 
The State Water Resources Control Board has issued a focused grant solicitation to implement a suite of priority actions identified in an established watershed management plan, and to measure and analyze the effectiveness within the watershed to determine and illustrate the value of collaborative community-based watershed management.  Emphasis will be placed on determining the effectiveness of community-based efforts by measuring improvements in natural resource conditions of the selected watershed(s).  
 
Approximately $4 million is available.  Proposals are due on September 17, 2008. 
 
Statewide Watershed Program Moving Forward
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As previously reported, the Department of Conservation (DOC) has been very busy over the past few months soliciting feedback and meeting with stakeholders to get broad input on the development of a new Statewide Watershed Program.  Agency staff and Advisory Committee members conducted nearly thirty public meetings throughout the State and received over 1500 comments!     
 
Earlier this month, staff and Advisory Committee members met with Secretary Chrisman and reported on the public meetings and feedback received to date.  The Secretary was pleased with the report and offered his support in the formal establishment of a Statewide Watershed Program.  Stay tuned for next steps and more information on the Statewide Watershed Program in the near future. 
CALFED Employment Opportunity
CALFED 
The CALFED Science Program has an opening for a Staff Environmental Scientist to help synthesize cutting-edge science from exceptional minds and leading researchers throughout the nation to keep government policy makers fully informed on timely topics. The information provided by the Science Program is used in setting state policies on climate change, water supply, ecosystem restoration, water quality, and more. 
 
Get to Know the SRWP Board:  Meet Trustee Beverly Anderson-Abbs
 
BevBev is the Executive Director of the Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum (Forum).  The Forum is a non-profit organization made up of landowner and public interest representatives charged with the responsibilities of supporting and implementing a management plan for the Sacramento River Conservation Area that protects, restores, and enhances both fisheries and riparian habitat. The Forum assists landowners and public entities in assuring project coordination with principles and goals set forth in the Sacramento River Conservation Area Handbook, develops strategies for independent work to achieve program goals, and coordinates sub-reach and site specific plans. 

Bev grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in science before leaving to travel around Australia for a year by bicycle and hitch hiking.  Later she moved to San Diego to work in the Biology Department at San Diego State University and escape the cold Canadian winters.  While working there she took courses to add a Math/Science teaching credential to her degrees, married a naval officer, and became a bicycle racer with a short stint on a professional team. 

Bev and Alan moved to Red Bluff in 1997 and started adventure racing, and ultimately ultra-running.  They have competed in 12 to 15 ultra marathons (running races longer than the 26.2 mile marathon distance) a year, with Western States 100 being the focus event for the last four years.  BevBev has finished 2nd female in each of the three years she has raced Western States, finishing as high as 9th place overall in 2006.  This year, with Western States canceled due to fires, focus shifted to the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 mile race where she became the USA Track and Field Master's Champion for 100 miles.  She is now taking a (well deserved) break! 
 
Watershed Messages on TV:  "Reduce Your Water Use!" 
City of FOlsom PSA 
Thanks to the City of Folsom, there is a new watershed message on News10 TV asking viewers to "reduce their water use." 
 

Contact Mary Lee Knecht to find out how you can share your watershed message on TV!
 
Get Updated on the CA Water Plan Update! 

CA Water PlanThe California Water Plan, Update 2009, will be holding its second plenary session on September 18th and 19th, 2008 at the Doubletree hotel in Sacramento. This two-day meeting will provide an overview of the Pre-Administrative Draft for Volume 1 chapters. Break out discussions will seek out your views and suggestions on the working draft chapters for Volume 1. 
 
 
 
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Since 1996, SRWP has been working hard to help sustain, restore, and enhance our watershed's resources while promoting our long-term social and economic vitality.  We do this by conducting watershed monitoring, providing outreach and education, and offering support to partners throughout the entire 27,000 square mile watershed-from the Oregon border to the Delta.  To learn more, visit the Sacramento River Watershed Program.
 

Keeping it healthy,

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Help Keep Sacramento River Watershed Healthy!
 
Click here to become a member of SRWP or to make a special contribution!  All new members will receive a great poster map of the Sacramento River Watershed and SRWP sticker!