California Water Law and Policy — Talk at Siskiyou Museum on May 18, 2011

This is part of an excellent series of talks/discussions on water in the far north state sponsored by California Trout. Here’s the press release:

What are water rights? How does water flow through California? What is a water trust? What is a rights-based ordinance? Join a panel of local and regional experts to get down to the basics of California’s complex water laws and policies. Water Talks: California Water Law and Policy will be held Wednesday May 18th 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sisson Museum Activities Room located at 1 North Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta. The Talks are free and open to the public.

“I appreciate how willing local professionals are to share their knowledge with the general public. I’m pleased to host some incredibly accomplished local professionals at our next Water Talks including Etna-based water and watershed management consultant Sari Sommarstrom Ph.D., of Sari Sommarstrom and Associates and Executive Director of the Scott River Water Trust, Kathleen Hitt, J.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Conservation Director of Siskiyou Land Trust, Tom Stokely, retired Principal Planner with the Natural Resources Division of Trinity County and director of California Water Impact Network, and Angelina Cook, M.A. in International Environmental Policy and founding organizer of the Mount Shasta Community Rights Initiative,” said Meadow Barr California Trout Outreach Coordinator and Water Talks organizer.

“Governance of water in California is complex. I hope people will come away from my presentation really understanding what a water right is and which agencies govern different aspects of water,” said Kathleen Hitt, who will present on the basics of California water law.

Sari Sommarstrom has worked with her community in the Scott Valley over the last 10 years to develop the first water trust in the state of California. “I look forward to sharing the story of the Scott River Water Trust as a local case study in water rights and instream enhancement,” said Sommarstrom.

Tom Stokely will present on how water flows through California and Angelina Cook on rights-based approaches to local governance. The audience will be able to interact with the presenters during question and answer periods. Those attending can also expect a handout including terms and basic resources in California water law and policy.

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. 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