Sanctuary Forests Recent Land & Water Stewardship Guides

Hi Watershed Workers,

I just wanted to bring to your attention these two newish Land and Water Stewardship Guides published by Sanctuary Forest & written by Kyle Keegan with wonderful graphics rendered by his brother Evan Walbridge. <>

Land Stewardship Guide: Reducing Runoff and Increasing Infiltration in the Mediterranean Climate of Northen California <>

Water Stewardship Guide: Conserving and Storing Water to Benefit Streamflows and Fish in North Coast Creeks and Rivers <>

I think that they created a really accessible and pragmatic document here covering a number of watershed recovery issues and solutions – especially for upland flow reduction/infiltration, erosion control/headcut mitigation, forest thinning/fuel loads, gully brush packing, roads, water storage and many other important practices for helping keep more soil & water in land while yielding clean and copious water for creeks, coho and communities.

Have a read – I think you will find it informative and inspirational – Nice work Kyle, Evan and Sanctuary Forest Friends!

Slow it Spread it Sink it – but ya gotta first Think It!

Mostly Water,

March 1- Brock Dolman: Conserving and Restoring Watersheds

To All,

March 1st, we have a true water wizard joining us: Brock Dolman of OAEC. Brock is a biologist who’s spend decades of his life researching and campaigning for restoring watersheds and beavers across California. He brings a true understanding of water dynamics, and will show how we can protect our watersheds, and restore them back to health.

Click Here to Sign Up

Hope to see you there Thursday at 3PM PST. As the threat of drought stands front and center worldwide, so should the solutions. From capturing the rain from the rooftop, to building ponds on farms, to restoring watersheds across regions and continents, we can bring back water to where it is needed.

Action to Help Pesticide Contamination in the Smith River

Help Stop Pesticide Contamination in Smith River Estuary

By Greg King, Siskiyou Land  Conservancy

After many years the California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has finally released a long awaited report that provides new and devastating data from the Smith River estuary: From 2013-15 state scientists found 17 highly toxic pesticides in surface waters of the lower Smith River. They also found at least ten instances of that water being so toxic that it destroyed the invertebrates that make up the basis of the salmonid food chain (aka “acute and chronic reproductive toxicity”).

Perhaps more devastating, though, is the state’s response to the contaminated waters of California’s healthiest and arguably most important remaining wild fishery: Water Board officials say that the water’s toxicity is not the result of the 17 pesticides (most of which are used on surrounding bottom lands to grow Easter lily bulbs and are highly toxic to fish), but stem from the water’s “lack of hardness.”

In other words, the state Water Board is currently in the process of abandoning the vital Smith River to the whims of agriculture, where lily farmers annually apply 300,000 pounds of pesticides on bottomlands that surround the Smith River estuary — some of the heaviest concentrations of pesticide applications in California. State officials are now even saying that they may not get around to developing a “discharge permit” for the lily growers, without which the farmers are technically operating illegally (as they have since 2003). Rather, the risk of further pesticide destruction of threatened and endangered estuary wildlife — home to coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead, and the world’s northernmost population of Endangered tidewater goby — will be addressed via the lily growers’ voluntary measures and “best management practices.”

Since its founding in 2004, the Siskiyou Land Conservancy has worked to reduce and eliminate pesticide contamination in the Smith River estuary, the most vulnerable reach of a watershed that is otherwise one of the wildest, healthiest, and most beautiful rivers in the world. Never has there been a more egregious, and Orwellian, abrogation by the state of its duty to protect wildlife in this isolated corner of California. The pesticides are also impacting the health of 2,000 residents in the town of Smith River, according to the Smith River Community Health Assessment conducted by SLC in 2016.

To take action, click on this link to the EPIC site where you can use a sample letter with addresses.

Thank you!




Questions for Water Fix Hearing, February 13th

To All,

During the Water Fix hearing on February 8, 2018, the hearing officers directed the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) (collectively petitioners) to respond to the Natural Resources Defense Council, et al.’s February 7, 2018 Renewed Motion for Stay of Part 2 of the hearing as well as the other comments and issues raised during the hearing that day. Petitioners have until 5:00 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018 to respond.

The hearing officers set a deadline of 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 for all other parties to respond to petitioners’ forthcoming submittal.

As part of their response, petitioners should brief the following six questions. All other parties are invited to brief all or some of questions three through six in their replies.

Questions Directed to Petitioners:

1. Does the certified final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) address all potential impacts if the WaterFix Project is constructed and operated in stages? In the supplement to the EIR, what additional analyses will be performed and what specific environmental issues will be evaluated?

2. If DWR constructs and operates the WaterFix Project in stages, to what extent would Reclamation participate during the first stage? Would the WaterFix Project be operated differently if Reclamation does not participate?

Questions Directed to All Parties:

3. If the WaterFix Project is intended to be constructed and operated in stages, is an amendment to the change petition or any additional supporting information under Water Code sections 1701.1, 1701.2, and 1701.3 necessary? Why or why not?

4. If the WaterFix Project is constructed and operated in stages, are there potential impacts to legal users of water, fish and wildlife, the public interest, or consideration of appropriate Delta flow criteria that would warrant revisiting any Part 1 or Part 2 key hearing issues? Which issues?

5. If a supplement to the EIR is entered into the administrative record, what is the most efficient way to address any new information included in the supplement?

6. Would any conditions necessary to adequately protect the rights of legal users, fish and wildlife, or the public interest be different if the WaterFix Project were constructed in stages? Would appropriate Delta flow criteria be different? Why or why not?


CA WaterFix Hearing Team

Phone: 916‐319‐0960

No Oil Rigs Off Our Coast! Action, Feb. 8th

Join the resistance – ride to the rally at the only California public meeting in the beautiful coastal city of Sacramento.

Spread the word – this is not a drill (yup, I did say that)

Take care, don’t give up.

No Oil Rigs Off Our Coast! Ride With the Resistance to Rally in Sacramento Feb 8th
Make a Fuss! Take the Bus!

Only the Trump Administration would choose inland Sacramento to be the location of their only public meeting in California on their disastrous plan to plant oil rigs off our coast. We are not deterred!

On February 8th, a bus sponsored by The Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity will take riders from Santa Rosa to Sacramento for a rally on the Capitol steps and the meeting. We will leave from the Environmental Center at 10 am in the morning, stop for additional riders in Petaluma at 10:35 am and return around 6:10 to 6:40 pm. Roundtrip Fare is only $15 and $5 for students and children – no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

You can purchase your ticket on-line by going to

Ride with the Resistance! But act quickly, seats are limited.

For further information or to participate in other transportation options out of county, send an email to

Bills to Protect California Coast from Off Shore Oil Drilling

To All,

Senator McGuire, along with Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Senator Ricardo Lara introduced SB 834 and Assemblymember Monique Limon introduced AB 1775   identical bills that will help discourage offshore drilling by making it harder for offshore oil to be processed.

See?  They do listen!


Talk on Geology and Water

To All,

Dr. Jane Nielson will be discussing geology and how it relates to water that will have relevance to the statewide groundwater planning.

Join us for repeat of Jane Nielson’s December 11 presentation to the Sebastopol City Council’s Water subcommittee about the problems posed by the City’s 2007 Water Supply Assessment (WSA). That report suggested that Sebastopol’s wells can receive groundwater from parts of the Miocene Wilson Grove Formation sandstone as far west as Bohemian Highway.

If Sebastopol’s water supply is not that extensive, the question to be resolved is whether Sebastopol mostly has been built over its main recharge area. Jane and SWIG have been trying to explain these points for 10 years. Come and see what Jane and others have found and finally were able to explain to City Council members and other City officials.

The talk will take place starting at 7 pm at the Environmental Center located at 55 Ridgway Avenue in Santa Rosa CA.


River Rally Hosted by River Network

To All,

April 29 – May 2, 2018 | Olympic Valley, California
River Rally, hosted annually by River Network, is a national conference for river and water champions. Unique in its focus on providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally brings together hundreds of people from across the United States and the world who care about rivers and water issues. Join NGO staff and volunteers, academics, agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, and community leaders for the biggest (and most fun) water-focused event of the year!

River Rally Program – Every year, we work hard to put together a program that delivers rich content, engaging speakers, and great field trips in an open and supportive atmosphere conducive to connecting with old colleagues and making new friends.

River Rally 2018 Workshops Themes – River Rally provides unique spaces in which river and water champions from across the country come together to learn from experts and one another, especially through concurrent workshops. This year’s workshop themes are:
· Reconnecting to Rivers Through Restoration and Recreation – In celebration of the 50thanniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, we invite workshops that highlight the many ways communities and individuals are connecting rivers through recreation and taking action to protect, restore, and conserve water for people and nature. Learn more about the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act 50th anniversary, and join us for a Wild and Scenic Rivers meeting on April 29th, right before River Rally kicks off. (Sign up to attend when you register for Rally.)
· Mobilizing For Change Through Policy, Advocacy, and Civic Engagement – Workshops under this theme will focus on protecting bedrock water laws, like the Clean Water Act, highlighting innovative state and local policies, and illuminating local community-led efforts to expand a national water protection movement in times of political turmoil.
· Making Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Real – Building on an evolving national conversation on diversity in the environmental movement, we invite workshops that show how to create inclusive and equitable solutions to water problems and approaches for diversifying organizations.
· Expanding Impact Through Science, Technology, and Monitoring – Workshops in this track will share innovations, best practices, and success stories about scientific and technical approaches, highlighting tools and resources river and water champions can use to expand their impact on the ground and in their organization.
· Sustaining Strong Leaders, Organizations and Coalitions – Workshops under this theme will offer information and skill-building opportunities on leadership and professional development, organizational and financial health, and topics in management, fundraising and communications to help nonprofit board and staff members be more effective in their river and watershed work.
Workshop Formats
· 90 minute sessions – will include time for presentation and interactive or group activities, as well as opportunities for audience Q&A.
· 25 minute sessions – fast-paced presentations on highly focused topics.
· Workshop + field trip – workshop with a coordinated hands-on activity or site visit.

Webinar on Water in the West by Water Deeply

To All,

As California and other Western states begin to measure the (so far slowly) accumulating snowpack, we’re turning our attention to some of the biggest water issues that will be facing the region in 2018.

What’s the fate of California WaterFix? Will California decide to allocate money to build its first big dam in decades? How will Western states cope with an increase in catastrophic wildfires and fund needed forest restoration? We’ll talk about these issues and more on January 11 at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET during a 30-minute conversation with experts. We will be joined by Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow with the Public Policy Institute of California, and Kimery Wiltshire, CEO and director of Carpe Diem West. Tara Lohan, Water Deeply’s managing editor, will moderate the discussion.

You can sign up for the call here, or by clicking the button below. We’d also love to know what issues are most important to you in 2018. If you’d like to give us your feedback or ask our editor or guests a question, email it to our community editor Ian Evans ( or tweet us @WaterDeeply using #DEEPLYTALKS.

We hope you’ll join us.

Ian Evans
Community Editor, Environment
News Deeply