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SRWP eNewsletter - December 2007

Dec 1, 2007
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December 2007
eNewsletter from Sacramento River Watershed Program
In This Issue
Welcome New Board Members
Watershed Excellence Awardees
Farm Bill and Sac River Watershed
Grant Opportunities
Watersheds on TV
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List
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Happy Holidays from all of us at Sacramento River Watershed Program!
SRWP Welcomes New Board Members
Last month, SRWP was pleased to elect five new members to serve on the SRWP Board of Trustees.  In addition to a passion for preserving the Sacramento River Watershed and its resources, some of our new Trustees are also avid outdoors people... as you can see!

BevBeverley Anderson-Abbs, Executive Director, Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum

Robert Meacher,
Supervisor, County of Plumas
Patrick Sanger, Public Outreach and Education Coordinator, City of Sacramento Dept of Utilities
Jon SchutzJon Schutz,
Attorney, Somach, Simmons & Dunn
Jim Yost, Principal, West Yost Associates
Read more about SRWP Board of Trustees
Huge thanks to the following outgoing Board members.  Their contributions to SRWP and their lasting commitment to the Sacramento River Watershed are greatly appreciated!
Dave Brent, City of Sacramento
James Rickert, Western Agricultural Services
Pia Sevelius, Butte County RCD
Congratulations to SRWP 2007 Watershed Excellence Award Winners!
SRWP presented two Watershed Excellence awards at the Annual Stakeholders Meeting on 11/7/07, one for an organization and one for an individual who have made significant contributions to improving conditions in the Sacramento River Watershed.  Congratulations to both!

AjayGlenn County RCD


Glenn County RCD recently completed the Stony Creek Watershed Assessment.  Here is what a colleague had to say about the project:

"By the time we were only half way through the Assessment, Ajay Singh at Glenn County RCD (pictured above), had already initiated a pilot bank stabilization/Arundo control project on 20 acres of land on Stony Creek." - Max Busnardo, H.T. Harvey & Associates



Fraser & DennisDennis Heiman, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board

Pictured to the left is Fraser Sime (DWR) presenting Dennis with the award for an individual.  Here is what a few folks had to say about Dennis:

"Dennis has always been extremely supportive of our efforts and has made every effort to cut through the bureaucracy that can hamper progress in the watersheds."  - Vicki Dawley, Tehama County RCD
"As a board member, as a Regional Water Quality Control Board representative and as a landowner in the watershed he has provided the group with very valuable information, advice and assistance in making the Cow Creek watershed a better place to live, work and recreate." - Kelly Miller, Western Shasta RCD
"For over ten years, Dennis has been instrumental in providing support to so many local watershed efforts and helping them be successful." - Mary Lee Knecht, SRWP
Farm Bill and the Sacramento River Watershed 

Sac River and FarmlandAt SRWP's Annual Stakeholders Meeting held last month, Ann Sanger with Congressman Doris Matsui's office provided an update of the Farm Bill and in particular, a provision that requests that the Sacramento River Watershed be designated a priority area in the bill.  This provision would provide more money for voluntary conservation efforts on working lands.  At the moment the bill is still waiting to be heard in the Senate. 

Congresswoman Matsui is now seeking letters of support for the Farm Bill and this provision.
Provide Your Support Letter
Watershed Grant Opportunities
GrantsWatershed Coordinator Grant Program

The California Department of Conservation has announced the release of the 2007 Watershed Coordinator Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP). The purpose of this grant program is to fund watershed coordinator positions which facilitate watershed improvement efforts affecting the CALFED Solution Area.  Proposals are due on 1/4/08. 

Review the RFP
Wildlife Conservation Board Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands

The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) has funding for grants specific to Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands. Under Proposition 84 the WCB received $5 million dollars to "Assist Farmers in Integrating Agricultural Activities with Ecosystem Restoration and Wildlife Protection."

Eligible funding applicants include agricultural and conservation related non-profit groups, along with public entities involved in working with private agricultural land owners. The types of projects to be funded are restoration and enhancement projects that provide long-term, durable habitat benefits to wildlife on working agricultural lands, with a special focus on private farms.  

Watershed Messages on TV
CA Dept. of BoatingThanks to the California Department of Boating and Waterways, a public service announcement on clean boating practices ran on News 10 channels throughout the summer in the Sacramento area.  Other messages focused on working towards a healthy watershed are shown on News10 in Sacramento and multiple channels in Northern California.
Check out the PSAs
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or information on how you can share your watershed message on TV with SRWP and take advantage of 2007 rates!
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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 activities, 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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