Water Conservation and Tributary Stewardship Workshop
On Saturday, January 30 Sanctuary Forest and Salmonid Restoration Federation (SRF) hosted a water conservation and stewardship education workshop at the Beginnings Octagon in Briceland. The workshop aimed to help prepare local landowners for future droughts, to educate and inform about water rights and to protect anadromous species and habitat.
The day’s activities included short panel presentations followed by break-out tributary discussions where participants offered a vision for forming tributary stewardship groups and had the opportunity to converse about their watershed, ask questions of presenters and other resource experts, and brainstorm collective solutions to water shortages. Panel presenters included local restorationist Kyle Keegan on permaculture practices for water conservation, Trout Unlimited California water attorney Matt Clifford on water rights, and Sanctuary Forest Education Coordinator Marisa Formosa on community engagement and tributary stewardship collectives. The workshop was open to all interested Mattole and Eel River watershed landowners and residents and focused on several Mattole River and South Fork Eel river tributaries—namely McKee Creek, Thompson Creek, and Ravashoni Creek in the Mattole and Redwood and Sproul Creek in the South Fork Eel River watershed.
SRF also shared project findings and data from the 2015 Low Flow Monitoring season in Redwood Creek that was funded by the State Water Board’s 319h Program. This funding has enabled SRF to provide technical education, water rights consultation, and comprehensive monitoring in this critical watershed.