Hello there, spotlighters!
This month we are featuring our Department of Conservation (DOC) Watershed Conservation Program Study, a two-year research project involving an assessment of watershed grants awarded by the CALFED and DOC Statewide Watershed Programs to organizations and agencies across the state. Sierra Institute has composed a research team of five staff and one contractor to engage with stakeholders, conduct interviews, and develop case study reports. The outcomes and lessons learned through these case studies will inform the final report to be completed in June 2018.
The CALFED and DOC watershed programs fund two types of grants: watershed management projects and watershed coordination. Watershed management project grants support on-the-ground activities that aim to improve ecosystem quality, water quality, water reliability, and levee and channel integrity. The projects involve components like project planning, implementation, monitoring, education, and outreach. Watershed coordinator grants support a full-time position for a watershed coordinator in a given watershed. Watershed coordinators are often central to watershed project efforts given their responsibility to bring together diverse stakeholders to improve the watershed, provide technical assistance, identify best management practices, and support local education programs in the watershed.
While the grant types are different in nature, they often overlap when a single entity has received one or multiple of each grant type. In performing case studies, our research team is working to highlight the significant impact of individual grants, while also capturing the story of how these grants interconnect.
Managing water in California is always a hot topic, and will continue for years to come. We are excited to be learning more about the organizations and people who contribute to the sustainability and vitality of California’s water resources. If you would like to learn more visit this website [link] or call the office and ask for DOC study team – we’d love to hear your insight.
Stay tuned for the next three weeks while our DOC study team is in the spotlight. We’ll share more about a current watershed case study, introduce our research team, and discuss why research like this is so important all of us.
We all live in a watershed… which is your favorite?!
-Written by Kaily Bourg for Project Spotlight