Watershed Science Talks in Yreka, March 27th

Four women watershed specialists focus on watershed successes in Siskiyou County

The public is invited to an educational panel presentation about local watershed successes with 4 women in watershed science working in Siskiyou County. Water Talks: Putting Watershed Pieces Together will be held Tuesday March 27th 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Yreka Community Center located at 810 North Oregon Street in Yreka. The informational Water Talks are free and open to the public.

The first Water Talks to be held in Yreka is on the topic “Putting Watershed Pieces Together in Siskiyou County” and will feature presentations from Dr. Sari Sommarstrom, Watershed Consultant, on “Successes in Watershed and Water Management”, Megan Wargo, Conservation Director of the Pacific Forest Trust on “Working Forest Conservation Easements,” environmental engineer Lisa Unkefer of AquaTerra Consulting on “Tailwater Management and Springs Monitoring,” and Dr. Jennifer Silveira, USFWS habitat restoration biologist on “Floodplain Restoration in the Yreka Creek Watershed.”

“The purpose of our Water Talks program is to provide a place for people to learn about water-related topics,” explained Curtis Knight, Conservation Director for California Trout. “Water Talks provide information and education from a diverse range of perspectives so attendees can form their own opinions,” he said.

“Water talks provides a great opportunity for fair, balanced and honest discussion about a topic that is critically important to all of us, and one where people of all persuasions and opinions can participate,” said Dave Webb of Shasta Valley RCD and a past presenter at Water Talks.

“We started the Water Talks program in 2008 with presentations held in Weed, Mount Shasta, Dunsmuir and McCloud on Mount Shasta’s unique geology, hydrology and ecology. In 2011 we held a successful series of Water Talks in Mount Shasta on the topics of “Climate, Water and Forests,” “California Water Law and Policy,” “Local Fish and Fishing,” “Land Management and Restoration,” and “Agriculture in Siskiyou County.” To date, 31 presenters representing federal and state agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations, community groups, Tribes, local government, academic institutions, farmers, ranchers, and private business have volunteered their time to participate in Water Talks. We look forward to expanding the program regionally with our first Water Talks in Yreka,” said Water Talks program coordinator Meadow Barr.

Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational presentations with local and regional experts sharing their knowledge with the public on a range of water related topics. The purpose of Water Talks is to provide a place to learn about 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, salmon and their waters throughout California. For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Coordinator at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.

Siskiyou County Watershed Water Talks