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Annual Stakeholder Meeting and Watershed Forum

Severe drought conditions are negatively impacting our state’s natural and financial resources. A recent report by the California Endowment revealed the hidden community-level impacts of the drought and highlighted nonprofits, “many organizations struggle to keep up with demand and need more funding to increase drought-related programs and build capacity.” Not only are funds for drought-related efforts stretched thin, funding priorities have understandably changed as wells run dry and dead fish lie in dry creek beds. Drought-related challenges have the potential to threaten in-region water resources and now more than ever, communities need help in developing a better understanding of state and federal issues related to and affecting their watershed resources.

SRWP was established in 1996 as an effort to bring stakeholders together to address all water-related issues -- including drought -- within the Sacramento River Watershed. We have served as a forum for watershed stakeholders to share information, measure cumulative progress, and maintain a shared vision of the watershed.

In 2014, we held the 6th Annual State of the Sacramento River Watershed Forum and the 2014 Annual Stakeholder Meeting along with smaller conferences, workshops, and meetings featuring updates on statewide and regional topics. Our 2014 Annual Stakeholder Meeting at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room in Chico was a huge success, attended by more than 60 representatives concerned with resource conditions within the Sacramento River watershed. On Tuesday October 27th, SRWP will hold the 2015 Annual Stakeholder Meeting and Watershed Forum in Sacramento at the Sierra Health Foundation along the Sacramento River. This event is an opportunity for stakeholders to receive information on issues affecting the Sacramento River watershed, share updates, ideas and opportunities, and hear about and provide input on efforts to support watershed management.

The Sacramento River Watershed provides drinking water for residents of northern and southern California, irrigation water for agriculture, and habitat for hundreds of wildlife species. It is also the home of more than 2 million northern Californians. The majority of the watershed is rural and often lacks the information, technical expertise, or other community resources required to be effective in addressing local concerns and issues. Now is the time to invest in the organizations serving our rural communities. By partnering with locally-based organizations throughout the region, SRWP serves as an information clearinghouse, neutral partner, and a source for fact-based information and education to be used at the State and federal level to address our region’s needs .

There are a number of ways to support SRWP’s efforts — providing administrative and/or technical assistance, participating in this year’s Annual Stakeholder Meeting and Watershed Forum, and providing financial assistance. Securing sponsors is especially important this year as we face the challenges of doing even more with less. Sponsorship brings increased visibility to your business, demonstrates an investment to the community, and shows a commitment to SRWP — a respected program aimed at improving the health of the Sacramento River Watershed. Your support demonstrates a vote of confidence in our mission and goals aimed at resolving watershed issues with local participation and a watershed-wide perspective.

Publish Date: 
Oct 13, 2015