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SRWP eNewsletter - May 2008

May 1, 2008
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May 2008
Sacramento River Watershed Program eNewsletter
In This Issue
Farm Bill and Sac River Watershed
Watershed Opportunities
Sac River Watershed Newspaper Wins Awards
CALFED Science Conference
Safe Harbor Agreement Workshops
SRWP Annual Report
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Celebrate California's 4th Annual Watershed Awareness Month!
Farm Bill and the Sacramento River Watershed
Sac River and FarmlandAfter months of negotiation, the House and Senate have finally come to an agreement on the Farm Bill and there is good news for the Sacramento River Watershed! 

Thank you to Congresswoman Matsui and her team for working so hard to secure priority status for the Sacramento River Watershed!  In the conference report, elements of the House-passed bill have been incorporated into a new Agricultural Water Enhancement Program to help producers achieve water quality goals and address water quantity concerns.  This new program is housed within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and has dedicated funding of $280 million from fiscal years 2009-2012.  The conference report also identifies 7 priority areas, including the Sacramento River Watershed, the only named priority in California.  Stay tuned for more details as the future of the bill is still in flux due to Administration veto threat.
Watershed Opportunities

help wantedSacramento River Watershed Program Internship Opportunity
If you are interested in watershed planning, public outreach, marketing, and environmental policy, this is a great opportunity for you!  Sacramento River Watershed Program is teaming with California Watershed Network to find the right person to provide assistance over the summer (continuation of work beyond summer may be considered).  Grad student preferred at hourly rate of up to $15/hour.  Get more information
Yolo County Resource Conservation District Seeks Executive Director
Yolo CountyThe Yolo County Resource Conservation District (YCRCD) is seeking an energetic and creative individual to lead an innovative and highly-respected organization in implementing their mission in Yolo County.   They are looking for candidates with a strong combination of management, communication, and people skills, and knowledge of California agricultural practices and natural resources.  The position requires creativity and an ability to work independently while reaching out to a variety of groups and agencies in representing the District's goals and objectives.  This will require the ability to work flexibly within a set of wide-ranging and often challenging tasks.  If interested, please contact Paul Robins at or 530-662-2037, ext. 116, and please visit YCRCD's website for a copy of the YCRCD Strategic Plan, YCRCD publications and more information about YCRCD programs.
CALFED / CA Sea Grant Fellowships Available
Fellowships available in Estuarine Science for pre- and postdocs.  Up to 12 fellows to be selected; fellowships beginning September 2008.  Deadline: June 6, 2008 (5 p.m.)
Stipends: $45,000/year for Postdocs, plus eligible expenses up to $30,000; $25,000/year for Graduate Fellows, plus eligible expenses up to $19,500
Research Topics:  (1) Trends and Patterns of Habitats, Populations and System Response to a Changing Environment; (2) Aquatic Invasive (Exotic) Species; (3) Water Supply, Water Quality; (4) Developing Indicators and Performance Measures
Get more details
A Journey through the Sacramento River Watershed Newspaper Wins Awards!
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A Journey through the Sacramento River Watershed newspaper received the Special Projects Award (for large newspapers) from the Newspaper Association of America.  The award was presented last week in Phoenix.  The newspaper publication was also recognized at the California Western Circulation Managers Association last month with a first place award in the Newspaper in Education (NIE) literacy category.  Huge thanks to SRWP partners and the Sacramento Bee (especially Ron Brand, NIE Manager) for making this special project such a sucess!
Copies of "A Journey through the Sacramento River Watershed" are still available.  Contact Mary Lee Knecht at or download a copy here!
CALFED Science Conference:  Call for Abstracts (due 6/6/08)
CALFED Sci Conf 
The Biennial CALFED Science Conference is a forum for presenting scientific information and ideas relevant to the CALFED Bay-Delta Program's goals and objectives in the California Bay-Delta, its watershed, and the adjacent coastal ocean. The conference will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, October 22-24, 2008. The organizers of this 5th Science Conference are seeking presentations in all four of the CALFED Program's objectives: ecosystem restoration, levee system integrity, water quality, and water supply reliability.  The goal of the conference is to provide new information such as results, models, syntheses, analyses to the broad community of scientists, engineers, managers, and stakeholders working on Bay-Delta issues.  The conference program will feature both oral and poster presentations.
We encourage individuals to submit abstracts on any appropriate topic, regardless of funding source of the projects being described. All abstracts are due June 6, 2008.  In addition to contributed sessions and poster topics based on the abstracts received, conference participants can propose special oral sessions or poster clusters on topics of particular importance to the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.  Get additional details.
Safe Harbor Agreement Workshop
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The Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum is hosting a public workshop to provide information and answer questions about the Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement / Voluntary Local Program that will soon be available to landowners and land managers within the Sacramento River Conservation Area in Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter, and Yolo counties. 
Friday, May 23, 2008, 10:00 AM - Noon
Yolo County Farm Bureau
69 West Kentucky Avenue, Woodland
For more information please visit SRCAF's website or call them at 530.528.7411.
SRWP Annual Report and Save the Date!
Annual Report Check out SRWP's Annual Report for 2007!
Save the date for SRWP's 3rd Annual "Watershed Moment" Dinner and Auction!
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Embassy Suites on the Sacramento River in Old Town Sacramento
More details soon!
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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.

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