Water Day at the Mateel This Sunday

Water Day is coming on April 13 at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. Water and the Eel River are the focus of this annual celebration. Experts will be available to help those attending learn conservation techniques and ways to prevent pollution. There will be informative talks and food available. No charge for admission and sliding scale donations requested for lunch and dinner. Call 223 7200 if you want to help.

Agenda below the fold:

9 AM Doors Open – Coffee, Bagels, Fresh Fruit – Mingle, Posters, Vendors

10 AM – Opening Remarks by Alli Freedland, Moderator

10:05- 10:10 AM – Welcome by Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell

10:10 – 10:30 – Erick Burres (State Water Resources Control Board Volunteer Coordinator) -Keynote – Working Together to Keep the Eel River Fishable, Swimmable, and Drinkable

10:30-Noon Pulse of the Eel

10:30-10:45: Keith Bouma-Gregson (UC Berkeley Researcher) – Blue Green Algae

10:45 – 11:00: Pat Higgins (ERRP Coordinator) – The Fish and the Effect of Low Flows

11:00 – 11:20: Dr. Andrew Stubblefield (HSU Associate Professor) – The Forests

11:20-11:40 Tom Leroy (Pacific Watershed Associates) – The Watershed

11:40-Noon Panel Discussion

Noon-1 PM – Lunch (Humboldt Grass-fed Beef Chili & Vegetarian Option)

1:00-1:15 PM: Ernie Merrifield – Native American Perspective: Can People of the Eel River

Become a Harmony-Based Culture?

1:15 – 5:00 PM: Elements of Watershed Harmony

1:15 – 2:45 PM – Tom Grover (Chair, Educator) – How Too – Using Water Smarter:

Conservation & Pollution Prevention

Larry Desmond (Mendocino Water Works): Planning Your Water System to Meet Your Needs with Maximum Efficiency

Anna Birkas (Ecosystem Villages): Ecologically Sound Living – Rainwater Capture and Grey-Water Systems

Kyle Keegan (Permaculture Expert): Permaculture – Better Yield and No Pollution

Daniel Mar (Hightide Permaculture): Getting Communities Aware of Permaculture

Bill Arthur (Sanctuary Forest): Planning Water Use at the Community Level – Upper Mattole Case Study

Coast Central Credit Union: Financing Water Storage or Other Infrastructure Improvements

2:15-2:45 PM – Panel (30 minutes)


3:15-4:30 Jeff Hedin (Chair) – Restoring Forests & Watershed Health

Hezikiah Allan (Institute for Sustainable Forestry): Getting Our Culture Forest-Health Oriented

Matt Cocking (Natural Resources Conservation Service): NRCS Programs That Can Assist Land Owners with Improving Forest Health

Tom LeRoy (Pacific Watershed Associates) – Designing and Building Roads to Protect Clean Water and So You Can Get Home on a Stormy Night

Joe Scriven (Mendocino County Resource Conservation District) – Funding Opportunities for Partnerships with the RCD

David Simpson (Redwood Forest Foundation) – How Community Forests Can Restore Forest and Watershed Health

Ali Freedland (Mattole Restoration Council) – Protecting and Restoring Meadows and Native Grasslands by Stopping Fir Encroachment

Jeff Hedin (ERRP Wilderness Committee): Protecting Intact Watershed Areas to Guard Our Water Supply and Preserve Biodiversity

4:00 PM-4:30 PM – Panel Discussion

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Sal Steinberg (ERRP Education Committee Chair) – Healthy Children – Getting Students Involved in Eel River Watershed Studies – Can we Make It Happen Everywhere?

Panel: Sal Steinberg, Diane Higgins, Paul Trichilo, Barbara Domanchuk, Cat McAdams, Dan Levinson

5:00-6:00 PM Poster Session (Organic Beer & Wine & BBQ Oysters)

6:00 – 7:30 PM Dinner: Lingcod or Rockfish Dinner & Entertainment from Human Nature Theater Company: Queen Bud vs. Coho Jr


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