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SRWP eNewsletter - January 2008

Jan 1, 2008
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January 2008
eNewsletter from Sacramento River Watershed Program
In This Issue
Statewide Watershed Program
Funding Fair 2008
Sac River Watershed Partnerships Map and Directory
Upcoming Watershed Events
Watersheds on TV
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Happy New Year from SRWP!
We hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and have a great start to the new year!
A New Watershed Program for California

California MapDid you know that a new Statewide Watershed Program is being created?!  That's right - last October, the CALFED Watershed Program staff moved over to the Department of Conservation (DOC) to help create the new program that includes the entire State of California.  A team of agency representatives led by John Lowrie is working on the development of the program with the assistance of an Advisory Committee comprised of one or two stakeholders from each of the State's primary hydrologic units and a few "at-large" members representing tribal interest, Sierra Nevada range, and environmental justice.  Robert Meacher (Plumas County Supervisor) is serving as the Advisory Committee Co-Chair along with Martha Davis of Inland Empire Utilities Agency.  Robert and Mary Lee Knecht (on behalf of the Sacramento River Watershed Program) are participating on the committee for the Sacramento River Watershed region.  Mary Lee and Robert will serve as liaisons with you all and other stakeholders within the watershed to ensure that your input is being heard at the State level, and information at the State level is being shared with you. 


Public outreach activities to gather feedback on the development of the Statewide Watershed Program will take place throughout February and March.  In the meantime, the Advisory Committee is working on a set of guiding principles for the development and implementation of the program.   If you have any immediate feedback regarding guiding principles please feel free to share with Mary Lee at  Stay tuned for more information and dates for upcoming meetings. 

Funding Fair 2008 Held on 1/11
The State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Financial Assistance staff is hosting "Funding Fair 2008."  This informational event will be held at the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building in Sacramento, California on January 11, 2008, from 10 AM to 4 PM.  The purpose of the Funding Fair is to provide an overview of current and upcoming funding opportunities, as well as provide informational sessions related to funding programs. Funding organizations will share information about a broad range of funding opportunities for interested stakeholders.
Sacramento River Watershed Partnerships Map and Directory 

Sac Partners MapWith over 60 local watershed partnerships and Resource Conservation Districts located within the Sacramento River Watershed, there is a lot of great work going on - including habitat restoration, water quality improvements, erosion control projects, and much more.  SRWP regularly updates a map and directory of these watershed partnerships. 


You can check it out here!

Welcome New SRWP Staff Member!
SaraSRWP is pleased to announce that Sara Martin has joined the organization as our new Watershed Resource Specialist!  Sara has a great background in watershed planning from her time as an environmental consultant and is very excited about joining the non-profit world!  She is committed to collaborative watershed planning efforts and raising awareness of watershed issues.   Sara will be working closely with fellow SRWP staffers to implement SRWP projects and public outreach activities.  She can be reached at 
Upcoming Watershed Events
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The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is hosting the 6th Annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. 

The event, which takes place January 11-13, 2008, features more than 125 films--ranging from 100 minutes to 1 minute long, as well as 70 speakers and 50 premiers.  The movies are clustered in scenic venues all over the historic town of Nevada City, which will transform into a cinematic wonderland for the weekend, with special events, including art shows and receptions, free workshops, chats with the filmmakers, a wine stroll, and much more.
SNow Goose Festival

Join fellow wildlife enthusiasts and participate in the 9th Annual Snow Goose Festival in Butte County on January 25 - 28, 2008, brought to you by the Sacramento River Preservation TrustThis year the variety of experiences to choose from is as varied as the tastes of the many people involved. If your interest lies in the outdoors, select one or more of the over 40 birding and wildlife field trips visiting every important region of the area. Serious birders will take note of the Big Birding Day on Friday and Valley Wetlands and Wintering Waterbirds on Saturday. If indoor wildlife presentations, activities and workshops are more your style, there are two full days of events to choose from.

Watershed Messages on TV
California Department of Water Resources recently acknowledged the importance of local watershed partnerships and good stewardship through a public service announcement that aired throughout California.
Contact us for information on how you can share your watershed message on TV with SRWP.
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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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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!