Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Annual Summit — Sierra Nevada Conservancy

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
Agenda (PDF)

The full recording of the Summit is available here.





Photos by: DWR and U.S. Forest Service


10:00    Welcome – Video
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

10:25    State of Sierra Watersheds – Video

10:45     Looking Forward: Investment in Ecosystem Services – Video
How can Sierra interests be more relevant to urban populations and their representatives?
Speaker: Assembly Member Brian Dahle

10:55    Rural/Urban Connection: How Do We Raise All Boats – Video
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)

1:00     Call to Order

1:05     Reconvene – Video
Short summary of what was shared before lunch.

1:10     Implementation InsightsVideo
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 – Video
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 – Video
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 – Video
Review findings, next steps, and gaps left by the conversations had today.

4:00    Adjourn