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:
- Tim Ramirez, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Manager of Natural Resources Division, moderator
- Norma Camacho, COO of Watersheds, Santa Clara Valley Water District
- Mike Swezy, Watershed Resources Manager, Marin Municipal Water District
- Richard Sykes, Director of Water and Natural Resources, East Bay Municipal Utility District
Want to see what we saw on the big screen? Here are the speakers’ presentations:
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: