Water Talk at Sisson Musem on April 20, 2011

California Trout is sponsoring a series of water talks that address important issues affecting the Siskiyou County area. Here’s a press release about the next event.

How do water, climate and forests interact in Mt. Shasta’s watersheds? Join area science and watershed experts for an evening of Water Talks: Water, Climate and Forests on Wednesday April 20th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sisson Museum Activities Room located at 1 North Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta. Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational events with local and regional expert presenters sharing on a range of water related topics. The Talks are free and open to the public.

On April 20th, Water Talks is joined by Adam Henderson, Climate Change specialist at the Northern Region Office of the California Department of Water Resources, Christine Mai, Watershed Program Manager for the Shasta Trinity National Forest, and Carl N. Skinner, Geographer and Project Leader for the USDA Service Center Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Mai spent a significant portion of 2010 on a national climate change team looking specifically at watershed vulnerability to climate change. “The title of my talk will be “Shasta Trinity National Forest Watersheds Vulnerable to Climate Change”. I will be discussing the distribution of a number of aquatic resources that could be at risk with pending climate change. I will focus on resources likely to suffer from warming and drying and others that could be at risk from extreme weather events. Topic areas will include springs, small lakes and ponds, streams with greatest potential for solar exposure, snow pack losses, water rights and infrastructure,” Mai said.

Henderson will explain climate trends and models for temperature, water, sea level rise and carbon dioxide as well as general California level impacts on water and forests. Skinner will present on riparian and aquatic habitat in landscapes of frequent fires and associated patterns of fire severity in northern California.

Water Talks is a project of California Trout. California Trout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring California’s wild trout, steelhead, and salmon streams. For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Coordinator at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.

April 20th Water Talks