Fall Water Talks series to cover Local Lakes and Shasta River Salmon

Do you know your water? Water Talks, a free public program providing educational and Informational presentations on water-related topics, is gearing up for a fall series. The fall 2012 Water Talks topics include:

“Local Lakes: Castle Lake and Lake Siskiyou,” on Tuesday September 25th 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Mount Shasta Sisson Museum located at 1 North Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta.

“Shasta River Salmon” on Wednesday October 17th 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the College of the Siskiyous Weed Campus located at 800 College Avenue in Life Science 3.

“We’ve now held 14 programs on 11 topics with 43 volunteer expert presenters in 6 communities with about 770 attendees,” said Meadow Barr, Water Talks program manager and California Trout outreach consultant. “California Trout looks forward to continuing to provide a place for people to learn about water related topics,” she said.

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 seeking workable solutions for fisheries restoration throughout California.” For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Consultant at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.

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

Water Talks: Agriculture in Siskiyou County, October 19, 2011

What do we grow in Siskiyou County? How do irrigation systems work in our agricultural valleys? Water Talks: Agriculture in Siskiyou County will be held Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Activities Room at the Sisson Museum located at 1 North Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta. The Talks are free and open to the public.

“You see a lot less young people going into agriculture and the number of small family farms is going down substantially. It is a lot of work. It is a full time job that never ends,” said Mario Burch of 5M Ranch and 2nd Vice President of Siskiyou County Farm Bureau who will present on October 19th.

Burch will be joined by Jim Morris, who raises hay on Bryan-Morris Ranch and is a director of the Siskiyou County Farm Bureau, Steve Orloff, Siskiyou County Farm Advisor for UC Extension and Jeff Fowle, 1st Vice President of Siskiyou County Farm Bureau and rancher who raises beef and hay on KK Bar Ranch.

“Reducing agricultural water use is not as simple as just switching to a less water-intensive crop or to drip irrigation. Growers have compelling reasons why they do what they do,” said Siskiyou County Farm Advisor Steve Orloff.
Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of agriculture in Siskiyou County and how it relates to water.

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 mbarr@caltrout.org.

Water Talks: Land Management and Restoration, September 22, 2011

Have you ever thought about how land is managed over time? Get a broad perspective on land management and stewardship actions with a panel of federal, state, private and nonprofit land managers at the next Water Talks. Water Talks: Land Management and Restoration will be held Thursday September 22nd 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Activities Room at the Sisson Museum located at 1 North Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta. The Talks are free and open to the public.

The Talks will include presentations from Steve Bachmann, Hydrologist with Shasta Trinity National Forest, Bob Smith, Land Manager with the California Department of Fish and Game, Arne Hultgren, California Resource Manager with Roseburg Resources Company and Chris Babcock, Field Scientist with the Nature Conservancy.

Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of the complexity of land management and restoration and how values, theory and practice change over time.

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 mbarr@caltrout.org.

Water Talks: Local Fish and Fishing on June 16th, 2011

What is it about fish and fishing? Get a fish-eye-view on what is unique about fish in the region with a panel of local biologists, conservationists and fishermen at the next Water Talks. Water Talks: Local Fish and Fishing will be held Thursday June 16th 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Highland Room at the Mount Shasta Resort [Note: NOT THE SISSON MUSEUM THIS TIME] located at 1000 Siskiyou Lake Boulevard in Mount Shasta. The Talks are free and open to the public.

“Most people don’t know that salmon used to come all the way into Mount Shasta City to spawn in Cold Creek, Kid’s Creek and Wagon Creek,” explained local historian Craig Ballenger. “The McCloud River was once a prolific salmon stream, and the McCloud River rainbow trout has been exported all over the world,” he said. Ballenger will present on the History of the McCloud River Fisheries.

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Don Flickinger will present on the Klamath River system anadromous fish and the habitats they require for their protection and recovery. “Over the past decade, I’ve been involved in annual salmon and salmonid habitat monitoring, fish habitat restoration work, and consultations under the Endangered Species Act for listed Southern Oregon Northern CA Coast (SONCC) coho salmon,” Flickinger said.

The Talks will also include presentations from Curtis Knight, Conservation Director of California Trout on the area’s unique fish species, John Rickard, fly fishing guide and photographer of Wild Waters Fly Fishing on Fishing the McCloud River, and Andrew Braugh, California Trout’s Mt. Shasta Conservation Manager on “Salmon 101.”

Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of the area’s unique fish species and fisheries issues.

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 Donna Boyd, California Trout, at 530-925-4750.

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 mbarr@caltrout.org.