Proposed Water Bond forgets Natural Resource Coordinators!
Senator Wolk's bill for the 2014 Water Bond is done (SB 42) along with Assembly Bill 1331 (Rendon). Two Senate committees will meet on September 24 to review the language with a goal of finalizing the bill by mid-October.
However, the bills have no watershed coordinator money specifically identified. We need to get that funding language put back in both the Senate and Assembly versions right now!
We have requested $20 million through the Department of Conservation (DOC) Watershed Program to continue the community-based watershed coordinator program. The last two park and water bonds had $10 million included for the watershed coordinators through the DOC, so we would like that to double and can demonstrate that it is justified based on data coming out about the successful watershed work done with past bonds. The Spring brochure from the California Watershed Coalition is a great talking piece for this.
Our request would be that folks from each district who have used watershed coordinator funds, please contact their representatives and request their help to include this specific funding - with so many great pending projects, the lands and rivers of California need $20 Million. We hope the watershed folks in Napa, Sonoma, LA, Davis and the Bay Area can help with this asap!
WHAT YOU CAN DO: call your Senate and Assembly representatives – especially if they are on the committees below, and urge them to support watershed coordinator funding through the DOC Watershed Programs for $20 million in the next Water Bond!
SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES AND WATER COMMITTEE - Pavley (Chair), Cannella (Vice Chair), Evans, Fuller, Hueso, Jackson, Lara, Monning and Wolk. Chief Consultant: William Craven. Principal Consultant: Dennis O'Connor. Phone: (916) 651-4116. Room 4035.
SENATE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMMITTEE-(9)-Hill (Chair), Gaines (Vice Chair), Calderon, Corbett, Fuller, Hancock, Jackson, Leno and Pavley. Chief Consultant: Rachel Machi Wagoner. Consultants: Rebecca Newhouse and Joanne Roy. Assistant: Sue Kumpulainien. Phone: (916) 651-4108. Room 2205.
ASSEMBLY WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE COMMITTEE - Rendon (Chair), Bigelow (Vice Chair), Allen, Bocanegra, Dahle, Fong, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gatto, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gray, Patterson, Yamada, and 1 Democratic vacancy. Chief Consultant: Diane Colborn. Principal Consultant: Tina Cannon Leahy. 1020 N Street, Room 160. Phone: (916) 319-2096.
Here is a PDF of the letter we sent.
San Diego River Park Foundation's work on River Park Master Plan a success!
After more than a decade of work by the community-based nonprofit San Diego River Park Foundation, on May 20th the City of San Diego adopted the River Park Master Plan covering 17.5 miles of the San Diego River. This action incorporates the Master Plan into the City's General Plan, assuring its future protection.
Rob Hutsel, executive director of the San Diego River Park Foundation (and CWN Board Member) is shown in the center of this photo after this landmark legislation was adopted. On Rob's left is former San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy, who initiated the legislation, and on his right is Robin Shifflet, the City’s Park Planner for the project.
Our congratulations to Rob and the San Diego River Park Foundation on this major accomplishment! More information on the Foundation is available at: http://www.sandiegoriver.org/.
Sacramento River Watershed Program's Watershed Management Technical Assistance Workshop Series
May, 2012 -- August, 2013
Held in seven regions across California
Applications Now Open!
The Sacramento River Watershed Program seeks applications to attend the Workshops.
Space is limited--no more than 40 participants will be selected for each workshop.
What the Workshops will include:
Presenters in the series will include major policy makers, agency managers and directors, non-government entities, and nationally known experts in many topics. The topics are varied, and presented through lectures, interactive exercises and hands-on learning. The format of the workshops typically allows for interaction with the faculty, as well as continued interaction with other attendees during and outside of classroom activities.
A sampling of topics:
- Conflict management and developing collaborative partnerships
- Organizational development and support strategies
- Watershed science and restoration techniques
- Performance and status monitoring
- Program management and implementation skills
- Monitoring program design and implementation
- Strategic planning and adaptive management
More information is available at: http://www.cce.csus.edu/conferences/srwp/srwp.cfm, and a flyer here.
New Resource Directory Provides Important Message About Building More Sustainable Communities
The Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (based in Orange County) and its supporters have worked to create a Resource Guide to help cities create more sustainable communities. The Resource Guide is intended to provide standardized policies for inclusion in General Plans and other land use measures to assist in meeting AB 32 and SB 375 regulatory compliance requirements. For more information, visit the FHBP news site at http://www.fhbp.org/news/PDFs/GPRD-Press-Release-FINAL.pdf.
Protect statewide volunteerism with AB 587 and SB 644! Read the press release.
Secretary Snow's 2010 White Paper and Action Plan for Integrated Resource Management. Read it.
View the Statewide Watershed Program Update and the Advisory Committee Members.
Integrating Watershed Principles into IRWMP. Learn more.
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