Action Alert: Support AB 933 (Petrie-Norris and Stone) CALIFORNIA NEEDS WATERSHED COORDINATORS
Coordinators bring together Public - Private Partnerships.
Contacts: Joshua Bradt CUStreams@gmail.com
Michael Wellborn firstname.lastname@example.org
There are approximately 300 watershed partnerships in California, organized at the regional or local level, accomplishing on-the-ground work of erosion control, range and forest lands management, flood damage reduction, water pollution control, storm water management, water supply management, fire recovery and fuel management, and wildlife and fish habitat restoration. Under the leadership of watershed coordinators, these partnerships include property owners, special districts, local, state and federal agencies and citizen organizations working to help meet public resource management needs through cost efficient means. The watershed coordinators provide the following:
1. Facilitating consensus solutions to resolve contentious resource management issues. These solutions often include the resolution of local flood controversies, fire control plans, endangered species recovery plans, and the adoption and implementation of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans to reduce discharge of pollutants into state waterways.
2. Providing mechanisms for constructive, non-threatening participation by private property owners, public agency property managers, and other entities that might otherwise be hesitant or even hostile to innovative natural resource protection and recovery programs.
3. Leveraging private, local and state resources to attract federal, state and foundation funds.
4. Developing creative solutions for conserving water supplies, managing storm water, recharging groundwater and promoting other water supply augmentation projects.
In making our case for the value-added role of watershed coordinators, we suggest considering the coordinators as similar to real estate agents – only working for the watersheds. The issues are often complex, but the coordinators meet with and bring together the various parties, explain and work through the complex issues, and pursue solutions that offer the participants an understanding and fair outcome.