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How the water (and land Gathering) went down

March 16, 2016

 

Today we held the Almost Spring Gathering fully aware that it’s St Patty’s Day. Here’s what we talked about:

Water is the topic of the 21st century in California. Because of droughts and climate change, we are destined to spend significant amount of time and resources on water in the years to come. Land conservation plays an important role because we need to strategically manage our watersheds for the plants, animals, and people that depend on them.

The March 2016 Gathering of the Bay Area Open Space Council focused on drought resiliency and land management. We heard from Bay Area water agencies about how they are collectively managing hundreds of thousands of acres of watersheds. The public discourse is focused on water supply for people, and at this Gathering we also talked about the impact of the drought on habitat for plants and animals (cute red legged frogs! alameda whipsnakes!). We discussed the future for the stewardship of these lands, and what can nonprofits and park agencies do in partnership with water agencies.

Our speakers were:

 

Want to see what we saw on the big screen? Here are the speakers’ presentations:

 

Where Land and Water Meet – Tim Ramirez from SF Public Utilities Commission from OpenSpaceCouncil

 

Where Land and Water Meet – Mike Swezy from Marin Municipal Water District from OpenSpaceCouncil

Where Land and Water Meet – Richard Sykes from East Bay Municipal Utility District from OpenSpaceCouncil

 

Where Land and Water Meet – Norma Camacho from Santa Clara Valley Water District from OpenSpaceCouncil

 

Want to see what people said (and what we said) on Twitter during the Gathering? You can! Check this out:

 

Want to see what people said afterwards? You can! Check this out:

Want to see pictures of the day? We have those too. Scroll down or hop over to Flickr:

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