Conference Addresses Preserving the Sacramento River Watershed

Oct 17, 2005

For immediate release

CONFERENCE ADDRESSES PRESERVING THE SACRAMENTO RIVER WATERSHED

The Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP) and the Sacramento River Preservation Trust (Trust) are working with the Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum (SRCAF) to host the Sixth State of the Sacramento River Watershed Conference. The event will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 27-28, 2005, at the Red Bluff Community Center in Red Bluff, Calif.

The conference brings together hundreds of people interested in protecting and preserving the Sacramento River and its watershed as well as representatives from local, state and federal agencies and organizations. This year’s event will kick off with a panel discussion on the status of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program and its effects on the Sacramento River Watershed and its residents. Stein Buer, the executive director of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, will speak on flood management issues during a lunch session. In the afternoon, smaller workshop discussions will be held, with expert speakers focusing on six categories:

  • Habitat Restoration
  • Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Water Quality
  • Invasive Plants
  • Local Watershed Programs
  • River Access and Recreation

The conference will host an online High-Tech Room to provide an opportunity to see the latest technology in online watershed tools and resources, as well as space for exhibits on watershed-related organizations and activities.

Thursday will wrap up with networking at an evening reception and the SRWP Annual Stakeholder Meeting and Dinner. Friday brings a choice of field trips to visit local areas of environmental concern, including a hike of the Yana Trail upstream of Red Bluff, a tour of the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge downstream of Red Bluff, or a tour of the Clear Creek Restoration Project outside Redding. There is also the opportunity to take a River Float from Red Bluff to Los Molinos to observe local wildlife.

Additionally, scholarships are available to students who are interested in attending the conference. The College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management, and the College of Natural Sciences at CSU Chico are providing a limited number of scholarships that will allow any student to attend the conference for $5. Scholarship application forms are available on the Trust’s web site at www.sacrivertrust.org.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit www.sacrivertrust.org.

About the Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP)
The Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP) was initiated in February of 1996 in order to provide a forum for watershed stakeholders to work together to ensure that Sacramento River watershed resources are sustained, restored, and where possible, enhanced, while promoting the long-term social and economic vitality of the region. SRWP consists of citizens, watershed organizations, environmental groups, educators and government agencies at all levels. For more information about the Sacramento River Watershed Program, visit the program web site at www.sacriver.org, or call 1-530-879-0887.

About the Sacramento River Preservation Trust
The Sacramento River Preservation Trust was incorporated in 1984 as a non-profit 501(c)(3), tax-exempt educational organization whose purpose is to protect, preserve and restore the natural values of the Sacramento River. For more information, please visit www.sacrivertrust.org or call (530) 345-1865.

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