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SRWP eNewsletter - October 2008

Oct 1, 2008
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October 2008
Sacramento River Watershed Program eNewsletter
In This Issue
Regional Water Quality Monitoring Workshop
SRWP Stakeholders Meeting
Watershed Newspaper
Farm Bill Update
SRWP Member Highlight: NHC
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pumpkin finalpumpkin in the riverGreetings from SRWP and Happy October! 
Thanks to everyone who came out last week for SRWP's Annual "Watershed Moment" dinner and auction.  As always, your participation and support is greatly appreciated!  We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events! 
SRWP Board and Staff
"Creating a Regional Monitoring Program for the Sacramento River Watershed" Workshop Next Week:  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.   
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Stephen McCord at 530-753-6400.  Special thanks to American Water for their generous contribution for the workshop!
 McConnell Foundation
Mark your calendars and plan on attending SRWP's Annual Stakeholders Meeting!  This yearly event will be held at the lovely McConnell Foundation (come early or stay late and check out one of their trails!).  This is a great opportunity to find out...
Check the Sac Bee on Saturday, 10/11!Sac Bee Cover 
SRWP is pleased to once again partner with the Sacramento Bee Newspapers in Education Program to provide an updated "Journey through the Sacramento River Watershed,"  a 16-page newspaper to teach youth (and adults!) about the watershed.  The newspaper includes information about: Copies of the newspaper will be included in the Saturday, 10/11, edition of the Sacramento Bee.  Please contact SRWP to obtain additional copies for yourself and to share! 
Farm Bill Update  
Sac River and FarmlandThanks to Congresswoman Matsui's persistence and stakeholder support, the Agriculture Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) that was created in the 2008 Farm Bill is anticipated to start its first round of funding in the coming months.  Congresswoman Matsui's says: "we were very fortunate to not only succeed in creating the AWEP, but in also designating the Sacramento River Watershed a 'priority area.'  This designation of the Sacramento Watershed as a priority area will help local producers address water quality and water quantity concerns on their land.  $280 million is available nationwide from fiscal years 2009-2012.  Now that our watershed has been identified, I believe we should make the most of the AWEP program so that we can begin to see the benefits in our region both upstream and downstream.  I cannot stress enough that we need to have quality applicants in our first year so that funding in successive years can continue."
Review the legislative language, which provides the basic outline of what NRCS will be looking for in a successful applicant.
SRWP Member Highlight:  NHC  

Logos - NHC Thanks to Northwest Hydraulic Consultants (NHC) for joining SRWP at the "River" level!  NHC is an international consulting firm of engineers and scientists providing professional services for the development, management, and protection of water resources.  They have offices along the West Coast including West Sacramento with services that span from floodplain mapping, erosion protection, watershed restoration, to flood control.  Check out NHC's website for more information!
Find out how you (or your organization) can join 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, 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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