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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.


Photos by: DWR and U.S. Forest Service

10:00    Welcome
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?
: Debbie Franco, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

12:00   Break for lunch (lunch will be on your own): Nearby Options

1:00     Call to Order

1:05     Reconvene
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?
: Jay Ziegler, The Nature Conservancy

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.
: 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

3:45    Wrap Up, Final Questions, and Next Steps
Review findings, next steps, and gaps left by the conversations had today.

4:00    Adjourn


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