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SRWP eNewsletter - January 2012

Jan 31, 2012
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January 2012
Sacramento River Watershed Program eNewsletter
In This Issue
Sac River Roundtable Meeting
SRWP Board and Staff Update
Annual Meeting Debrief
Watershed Day at the Capitol
January Watershed Highlight
The Riverview Project
State of the Sac River Conference Date Announced
IRWM in Sac River Basin
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Happy New Year from SRWP!

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Yes, a little late, but SRWP sends well wishes for a 

prosperous new year.

Sacramento River Watershed Roundtable Meeting


Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 1:00 - 3:00

Colusa Chamber of Commerce, Colusa, CA


Join SRWP and fellow watershed practitioners for our first Roundtable meeting.  Roundtable meetings will be held on a quarterly basis and will rotate around the watershed.  The meetings are a great opportunity to get the latest news on activities affecting the Sacramento River Basin including Integrated Regional Water Management efforts, development of TMDLs, new regulations and policies affecting the watershed, funding opportunities, and much more.  Mostly the meetings will provide a valuable forum to exchange information, share lessons learned, and explore new areas for improved coordination.  There is no fee to attend and teleconference option is available.   

Please contact Holly Jorgensen , SRWP Watershed Coordinator, with any questions.  Hope to see you then!

SRWP Board of Trustees and Staff


SRWP welcomes two new staff contractors:

Holly Jorgensen , Watershed Coordinator

Holly comes to SRWP with more than 15 years of nonprofit and resource management experience.   As the watershed coordinator, Holly focuses on successfully implementing the goals and objectives identified in the Department of Conservation Watershed Coordinator Work Plan to cooperatively address resource issues in the Sacramento River Watershed and promote the long-term social and economic vitality of the region.


Dennis Bowker , Statewide Training Coordinator

SRWP is pleased to welcome back Dennis to the organization. Dennis was the original SRWP Coordinator and helped form the organization back in the early 1990s.  Dennis will be coordinating a series of statewide watershed training workshops over the coming two years as well as two statewide forums funded through the Department of Conservation.  Stay tuned for more information... the first workshops will be held in May.


SRWP Board of Trustees


Board 2006  


SRWP recently held Board elections and is pleased to announce a new Board Chair and Co-Chair for 2012:





Chris Elliott as Board Chair.  Chris is a Principal at ICF International  who  directs projects in water resources compliance, flood management, landscape architecture, habitat restoration, and recreation and open-space planning.


Todd Manley as Board Co-Chair.  Todd is the Director of Government Relations at Northern California Water Association .  Todd works with  NCWA members on a variety of issues at the federal, state and local levels. 


Thanks to Dave Eggerton, outgoing Chair, for his commitment to SRWP over the past year.  


Interested in joining the SRWP Board of Trustees? 

SRWP currently has a number of openings available on our 21-person Board of Trustees .  If interested please contact Chris Elliott , SRWP Board Chair, or Mary Lee Knecht , SRWP Executive Director. 


SRWP's Annual Watershed Stakeholders Meeting Debrief

Thanks to those that participated in SRWP's Annual Watershed Stakeholders Meeting on December 14th in Chico.  All meeting presentations are available online.
Annual Meeting 2011  

2011 Watershed Excellence Award Winner

Congratulations to Tehama County Resource Conservation District , for receiving the 2011 Watershed Excellence Award!  Well deserved!


Tehama Co RCD Award

Dennis Heiman presenting Watershed Excellence Award to Vicky Dawley, Tehama County RCD District Manager.  

Watershed Day at the Capitol Coming in March!



Join fellow watershed advocates and others interested in watershed stewardship for the 2012 Watershed Day at the Capitol!  California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and SWRCB Member Fran Spivy Weber are confirmed keynote speakers.  Don't miss this great opportunity to get the latest news on legislation and policy affecting California's watersheds. Laird


Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 9:00 AM
Cal EPA Building, 1001 I Street  Sacramento, CA

If you are in the Sacramento River Basin and would like to meet with your legislator, but don't want to do it alone, please contact SRWP .  We will be glad to arrange the meeting and partner with you!
Tips for Meeting with Legislators

January 2012 Watershed Highlight

Feather River CRM

The Feather River Coordinated Resource Management (FRCRM) group is a partnership of 24 public and private sector groups the formed in 1985, to collectively improve watershed health in the upper Feather River Watershed. The FRCRM has been at the forefront of meadow restoration in California since implementation of the Big Flat project in 1995.  Big Flat Meadow, located in the Plumas National Forest, was the first meadow restoration project in California that employed the "pond and plug" technique. Since implementation in Big Flat, the FRCRM has successfully restored 4,100 acres of eroded alpine meadows and stream channels in the northern Sierra Nevada over the last fifteen years.   


Feather River CRM Pre-Project
Post-Project 2006
Post-Project 2006

  Learn more about FRCRM and their work.

The Riverview Project

The Riverview Project is a bold endeavor of Below the Surface to make 360 degree panoramic photo galleries of America's Rivers...think of Google's Streetview, but for rivers!  The Riverview Project plans to explore the Sacramento River for its initial launch.  The entire stretch of the Sacramento River will be filmed in 360 degree high definition video.  SRWP will be hosting an informational meeting with the Riverview Project in early Spring to get more information on this project and provide feedback. Stay tuned for more details.
Sac River Aerial S Curve  
Save the Date!
State of the Sacramento River Watershed Forum
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, CA

Sac River and Farmland


Don't miss this exciting event! Stay tuned for details and agenda. Contact SRWP early for sponsorship opportunities!




Integrated Regional Water Management in the Sacramento River Basin
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Did you know that there are currently 8 different Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) efforts in the Sacramento River Basin?
IRWM is a collaborative effort to manage all aspects of water resources in a region. IRWM crosses jurisdictional, watershed, and political boundaries; involves multiple agencies, stakeholders, individuals, and groups; and attempts to address the issues and differing perspectives of all the entities involved through mutually beneficial solutions.   Learn more here.


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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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