American Rivers Awarded Grant to Improve Clean Water in the San Gregorio Creek Watershed
American Rivers awarded grant for its project: "San Gregorio Creek Watershed: Filling Critical Flow Needs"November 18th, 2008
<P>Elizabeth Soderstrom, American Rivers (530)478-5694 </P>
San Gregorio, CA — American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, was awarded a $441,146 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency West Coast Estuaries Initiative for its project: “San Gregorio Creek Watershed: Filling Critical Flow Needs.” The 52-square mile San Gregorio Watershed provides water for an agricultural community and for sensitive and endangered species, including coho salmon and steelhead trout.
American Rivers is playing a leadership role in California finding innovative solutions to restore the health of rivers, and demonstrating sustainable water supply solutions for rivers and communities.
“With this project, we want to show that it is possible to increase water quality and restore habitat while maintaining agricultural productivity,” said Elizabeth Soderstrom, senior director of conservation in the California office of American Rivers.
With this grant, American Rivers aims to: 1) restore natural flows in San Gregorio Creek; 2) improve the health of the creek so that the ecosystem and the surrounding communities are better equipped to weather the higher temperatures, floods and droughts that will come with global warming; 3) see an increase in populations of endangered species, 4) measure improvements in water quality; and 5) create a replicable model to improve water quality problems in other coastal watersheds in California.
“This project will advance an already successful coalition of organizations that have been working together over the last three years,” said Soderstrom. “These partnerships will be critical for achieving water quality improvements and a healthier creek .”
Project partners include: American Rivers, Natural Heritage Institute, San Gregorio Environmental Research Center, Stillwater Sciences, and USGS. This project team is advised by at Technical Advisory Committee that includes: NOAA Fisheries, California Department of Fish and Game, Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District, San Mateo County Farm Bureau, California State Parks, Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Mateo County Resource Conservation District, and Stetson Engineers who serve as Watermaster for San Gregorio. In addition, the project team convenes and is advised by a Watershed Working Group that consists of community members, ranchers and farmers who live and work in the watershed.