RANCHERS AND WATER 8/29/12

Sacramento–Outdoor enthusiasts, including ranchers and agency personnel, who are interested in working towards improved water quality conditions on California’s private and public rangelands are welcome to join the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) for its fall workshop on Rangeland Water Quality, Tuesday September 18, 2012 in Sacramento. SRM will award 6 continuing education units for participation in this workshop and you can earn up to 6 contact hours, valid toward your California-Nevada American Water Works Association (CA-NV AWWA) Certification Renewal.
Dr. Stephanie Larson-Praplan will trace the history of Rangeland Water Quality Management Program short courses that started in 1995, placing more than 2 million acres under voluntary water quality plans. Mr Jack Rice of the California Farm Bureau Federation will summarize water quality legislation and regulations pertinent to rangelands, followed by a research summary by Dr. Randy Dahlgren of the University of California at Davis. Afternoon panels will feature Matt St. John and Ben Letton of the North Coast and Central Regional Water Quality Boards along with Nick Kunz and Jodi Pontureri of the California Water Quality Control Board.  Anne Yost and Barry Hill will discuss the U.S. Forest Service Region 5 Water Quality Plan.  We will wrap up with round table discussions and next steps to reach our common goals.
The Hyatt Regency Sacramento will be one of two hotel venues for the 2015 International SRM Annual Meetings.  Rangeland managers interested in helping plan for the 2015 Annual Meeting should attend the planning session on Monday, September 17, led by co-chairs Sheila Barry and Alan Bower.
For meeting registration and program information see: Society Range Managementor contact Susan Edinger Marshall at Humboldt State University (707)826-4064, sem11@humboldt.edu.

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