Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Annual Summit
Interest on a Past-Due Bill: Funding Watershed Restoration and Forest Health
March 1, 2017
Cal EPA Headquarters Building
Byron Sher Auditorium
1001 I Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814 (MAP)
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You can watch the Summit live. The Summit will start at 10:00AM, music will play until it begins.
State of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program and the need for investment in watershed restoration.
- John Brissenden, Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board Chair
- Jim Branham, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
- Randy Moore, U.S. Forest Service
10:20 State of Sierra Watersheds
10:40 Looking Forward: Investment in Ecosystem Services
As climate change continues to affect Sierra watersheds and forests, how can Sierra interests be more relevant to urban populations and their representatives?
11:00 Rural/Urban Connection: How Do We Raise All Boats
How do we bridge the rural/urban divide in a way that benefits both interests?
Speaker: Debbie Franco, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
1:00 Call to Order
Short summary of what was shared before lunch.
1:10 Implementation Insights
What are the keys to success in places where downstream investment has been secured and projects successfully implemented? What are some of the new, innovative investment models?
Moderator: Jay Ziegler, The Nature Conservancy
- Mike Jackson, Attorney at Law
- Marcus Selig, National Forest Foundation
- Nick Wobbrock, Blue Forest Conservation
2:00 Watershed Investment Primer
Introduction to the public goods charge (PGC) discussion, ensuring a common understanding of the concept as well as understanding about how the charge works in the energy sector.
Speaker: Newsha Ajami, Water in the West
2:15 Watershed Investment Discussion: Public Goods Charge
What are the pros and cons of a PGC for water? How do watersheds figure into the discussion?
Moderator: Newsha Ajami, Water in the West
- Wendy Ridderbusch, Association of California Water Agencies
- Lester Snow, California Water Foundation
3:45 Wrap Up, Final Questions, and Next Steps
Review findings, next steps, and gaps left by the conversations had today.