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Where Grazing and Regulations Meet: Working Together for Ranching and Water Quality - Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Fall 2015 Meeting

This meeting provided an opportunity for these groups, along with others, to develop a more nuanced understanding of each other’s perspectives and of the possibilities to manage for improved water quality and highly functional water cycles on rangelands.  The Central Coast Rangelands Coalition hopes that continued communication between ranchers, regulators, and scientists will lead to improved water quality and quantity flowing through rangelands.

Date

Thursday, October 15, 2015
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Veterans' Memorial Building
Hollister
Lunch will be provided

COST: $30.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED


Instructor Information

Dr. Randy Dahlgren
Professor of Soil Science and Pedologist / Soil Mineralogist
UC Cooperative Extension

Mr. Wes Gray
Environmental Scientist
Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area

Mr. Ken Harris
Executive Officer
Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board

Mr. Kevin Kester
Rancher
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Policy Division Chairman

Mr. Joe Morris
Rancher
Morris Grassfed Beef

Dr. Leslie Roche
Rangeland Management Specialist
UC Cooperative Extension

Contact

Grey Hayes
grey@elkhornslough.org
831-274-8700

Sponsors

Description

See also: Central Coast Rangelands Coalition, Sustainable Human Systems

Meeting Goal:  Improve water quality and water cycling on Central Coast rangelands.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Increase awareness of the research regarding rangelands and water quality.
  • Explore two approaches to the management of water-cycling on rangelands.
  • Offer a forum for a conversation between Water Board members, ranchers and others regarding current approaches to or thinking about rangeland management vis a vis water quality and its possible regulation.
  • Brainstorm desirable strategies that would result in high-quality water flowing from California rangelands. 

 

Water quality is important for healthy humans, livestock, and wildlife.  Much of California’s fresh water falls as rain on rangelands that are grazed by livestock.  Because of this, the needs of ranchers and others in need of highly functional water cycles intersect.  Through their use of land, ranchers aim to maintain economically viable businesses while at the same time being good stewards.  Water quality regulators are tasked with developing and enforcing water quality objectives and implementing plans that will best protect the area's waters while recognizing local differences in climate, topography, geology and hydrology. 

 

This meeting provided an opportunity for these groups, along with others, to develop a more nuanced understanding of each other’s perspectives and of the possibilities to manage for improved water quality and highly functional water cycles on rangelands.  The Central Coast Rangelands Coalition hopes that continued communication between ranchers, regulators, and scientists will lead to improved water quality and quantity flowing through rangelands.

 

Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

DOCUMENT AUTHOR / SOURCE
WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Agenda- Where Grazing and Regulations Meet: Working Together for Ranching and Water Quality
PDF, 382KB
Devii Rao
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
Nutrient Dynamics and Water Quality on Rangelands
PDF, 1.8MB
Randy Dahlgren
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources University of California - Davis
Rangeland Water Quality—Research and Education Update
PDF, 2.4MB
Leslie Roche, Ken Tate, Carissa Rivers, and Rob Atwill
UC Cooperative Extension
OTHER INFORMATION
Rangeland Water Quality Planning, Education, and Science in California
PDF, 629KB
Leslie Roche, David Lewis, Morgan Doran, Ken Tate
Rangeland Watershed Laboratory

Links

EPA California Water Quality Assessment Report
http://iaspub.epa.gov/tmdl_waters10/attains_state.control?p_state=CA

Questions and Answers

Submit a question on this subject and we'll provide an answer. grey@elkhornslough.org