Calendar notes: Central Coast: Public meetings on water use and native fishery impacts; Public workshops on Delta Levee Investment Strategy; Lecture: Quality of groundwater used for public drinking water supplies in CA
June 1 & 2: Santa Cruz and Pescadero: Public Meetings on Water Use and Native Fishery Impacts
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in collaboration with the Santa Cruz and San Mateo Resource Conservation Districts and the State Water Resources Control Board, will hold two public meetings to address how residents can contribute to water conservation efforts that will help save native fisheries. The streams in this area are home to the last remaining coho salmon populations south of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The meetings will be held at the following times and locations:
Wednesday, June 1: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Resource Center for Non Violence; 612 Ocean Street; Santa Cruz (95060)
Thursday, June 2: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Pescadero Native Sons Community Hall; 112 Stage Road; Pescadero (94060)
The watersheds of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties constitute the southern end of the natural range of coho salmon in California. Ongoing drought conditions were not significantly affected by this winter’s rains, and coho and steelhead trout in this region continue to face severe obstacles to population recovery. Wild coho salmon are drastically depleted – from San Gregorio and Pescadero creeks in coastal San Mateo County to the San Lorenzo River and Soquel and Aptos creeks in Santa Cruz County. Reduced stream flow has resulted in a series of disconnected pools, trapping juvenile fish and exposing them to increased threats.
The meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss the reliability of the local water supply and offer information to residents who are not on municipal water supply. Landowners in coastal watersheds that depend on water from wells or stream diversions will learn what they can do to reduce their impacts on threatened or endangered native fish species, as well as comply with state water use and reporting requirements.
Grant funding opportunities that may be available for water conservation and water storage projects will also be reviewed at these public meetings.
“Water conservation in these critical watersheds needs to be a daily commitment,” said Eric Larson, an environmental program manager with CDFW. “The information provided at these meetings will illustrate water conservation methods that have been effective in similar settings.”
June 6 & June 9: Public workshops on Delta Levee Investment Strategy
You’re invited to the next phase of public workshops on the Delta Levees Investment Strategy on Monday, June 6th in Brentwood, or on Thursday, June 9th in West Sacramento.
Although the workshops start at 4:00 p.m., participants can arrive at any time. The workshops will be in an open house format to allow for discussions with the project team. Small groups will be formed periodically where brief project updates will occur throughout the four-hour workshop period. Workshop topics include the status of the Delta Levees Investment Strategy; presentation and discussion of the risks to lives, property, water supply, habitat, and other important Delta resources; and discussion of actions and programs to reduce risks.
For more information about the workshops, click here.
For more information about the Delta Levees Investment Strategy project, click here.
June 8: Lecture: Quality of Groundwater Used for Public Drinking Water Supplies in California
Dr. Miranda Fram, Geochemist with the USGS, will be the speaker at the monthly meeting of the Sacramento chapter of the Groundwater Resources Association to be held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
Dr. Fram’s presentation provides an overview of the GAMA Program Priority Basin Project (GAMA-PBP), and draws on results from more than 10 years of GAMA-PBP studies to illustrate the primary factors affecting groundwater quality in California. GAMA-PBP is a SWRCB program implemented by the USGS and designed to assess the quality of groundwater in aquifers used for drinking water supplies statewide, to help better understand the risks to groundwater resources, and to increase availability of information about groundwater quality to the public.