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Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition by Jessica Kayser


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Community-Based Watershed Management, March 2012, Juneau Alaska. Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition

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Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition by Jessica Kayser

  1. 1. Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition We inspire Southeast Alaskan’s and supportcommunity organizations working towards the wise management of our watersheds
  2. 2. Objectives Introduce the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition Build Awareness of CBWM and how SAWC builds capacity throughout the region for CBWM Highlight the need for your participation and information in order to build a network of rural communities taking collective action Encourage collaboration and partnership
  3. 3. A broad-based allianceoperating “formally” since2009.As a network SAWC workstogether strategically to bringabout efficiency,effectiveness, capacity,learning and impact that isgreater than any singleorganization could achieveon its own
  4. 4. Founding Member Advisory Council Groups Samia Savell: USDA- NRCS Takshanuk Watershed Council, Haines AK Brock Tabor: DEC Yakutat Salmon Board, City and Ben Kirkpatrick: Retired ADF&G Borough of Yakutat Habitat Biologist Taiya Inlet Watershed Council, Cathy Needham: Kai Environmental Skagway AK Ed Neil: USGS Juneau Watershed Partnership, Juneau AK Kathleen Dowd-Gailey: National Forest Foundation
  5. 5. DirectorsAdvisory CouncilMember GroupsPartnersStaff
  6. 6. GoalSE Alaska is a place where a network of community-basedwatershed efforts is achieving informed management of the resources
  7. 7. Legislative - regulatory Community-Based Watershed or Management - judicial management Local govern Local ment Top Down Approach Local and Stakeholders: regional including Businesses and youth organizations Federal and Local citizens State LandFederal, State , local regulatory guide watershed Government Owners agencies and influential planning and agencies developing stakeholders Alaska Industry NativeCommunities are informed of Tribal Corporationsdecisions and are enforced to Governfollow laws, regulations, and ment pollution standards
  8. 8. Why Community-BasedWatershed Management?  The health of our communities and economies depend on the health of our watersheds.  The concerns of the community and the benefits derived from the opportunities within our watersheds should be central to natural resources and land management planning and decision making.
  9. 9.  Sharing knowledge and resources Building local economies Building a regional voice for Community Based Watershed Management
  10. 10. ServicesSAWC organizes trainings andresourcesSAWC provides strategic planning,organizational development, and projectplanningSAWC promotes managementstrategies and develops programs thatsupport CBWM regionally and state-wide • Watershed Planning • In Lieu Fee Aquatic Resource Mitigation Program
  11. 11. Phase 2 Phase 1Communities without an Communities with an organized watershed organized watershed effort group Services Regional VoiceLocal Capacity Building: Regional Capacity Building:Outreach Provide informationEngagement Provide servicesFacilitation Set common goals and  Governance strategies structure Influence policy and  Strategic plan management strategiesWatershed Planning
  12. 12. Challenges Participation to build a regional voice Creating measurable outcomes, goals Operating in an ever changing environment Capacity: Funding and Partnership Collective Impact does not happen over night
  13. 13. Take Action  Interested Community  Organized Group  Agencies  Partners/fundersAs c
  14. 14.   A network of organizations working in coordination is far more capable of building the collective voice and power needed to bring about fundamental, long-term changes in communities. By joining a network, we will be better able to generate the numbers that we need to bring about systemic change and policy change that supports are rural and isolated communities to sustainably develop
  15. 15. Questions or Comments?
  16. 16.  Call Action: look into watershed isssues in your community concerns, threats, opportunities Be aware of what is going on Obviously you are here because it is important- being aware of what is going on in your community so development happens away that takes into consideration Examples: of community of hydaburg POW watershed association Get involved Visit SAWCs website Agencies, funders: projects, talk with us your concerns, Go to website and sign up: send information: We want to provide a voice for local communities  Find out landowners, community watersheds Is there a watershed plan Is there a comprehensive plan Engage the agencies, outside groups working Capacity:
  17. 17.  Increase strategy in delivery of community-based messages and services: Increase information accessibility for communities Increase awareness of presence of virtual place for the network to function Build strategy for communication Increase communication and collaboration between agencies, policy makers and communities Presence of environmental policy that supports CBWM Increase in (flexible) funding that support CBWM
  18. 18.  Provide relevant and meaningful information andresources necessary to carry out community-basedwatershed efforts and projects.Facilitate communication with technical experts,environmental consultants and other watershedpractitioners to support and enhance community-based/regional projects.Highlight community-based work on the Coalition’swebsiteCollaborate to develop grants and regional projects thatsupport watershed initiatives in individual communitiesand regionally, if applicable.
  19. 19.  Facilitate teleconference calls that enable communities, scientists, organization and project leaders, and natural resource agencies to discuss watershed issues and projects. Raise funds and/or partner to provide trainings, tools and resources on community-based watershed management issues and projects to the region and to individual communities. Promote on a regional, state and federal level for resources and funding to be allocated to community- based natural resource management efforts and partnerships in Alaska. Act as a regional and state lieason for community watershed efforts