Our Conservancy, along with the Carmel River Task Force, updated and prioritized the Action Plan comprising 41 actions in 2015-16.
Original Action Plan: We have adopted an Action Plan format derived from the Morro Bay CCMP and State Coastal Conservancy plan for the Stakeholders in the Morro Bay National Estuary Program. The Action Plans are based on scientific studies, mission statement objectives and input from our prospective partners and the Public.
All in all there are 57 actions in the Action Plan. Recognizing that many of the problems are related we also introduced a Cross Cutting Category (CC) that consists of 14 items. We have identified eight Action categories in order of sequence to the Watershed. These are Flows, Groundwater, Habitat, Sedimentation, Steelhead, Education, Public Safety, and Water Quantity.
In this original Action we had not attempted to establish priorities across or within each of the categories. We have the conviction that conservation efforts should be managed on a watershed basis if that geographic unit has the people and organizations capable of adopting adaptive management techniques. CRWC has agency support from the Monterey County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) and the Planning and Conservation League Foundation for forming a Carmel River Task Force to review the Action Plan and set priorities. This Task Force includes representatives from many of the local, state, and federal agencies with authority over or responsibility for the Carmel River watershed, as well as some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with an interest in our watershed. Among its agenda topics will be the question of allocating resources and grant monies to the best use in the watershed.
In addition, CRWC in collaboration with the Planning and Conservation League Foundation (PCLF), published a Supplemental Action Plan specifically addressing the plans for the removal of the San Clemente Dam. The original Assessment and Action Plan identified the San Clemente Dam as a major impediment to fish passage for the South Central Coast Steelhead and a major blockage to transport of sediment and the cobble that the steelhead depend on for healthy spawning grounds.
In 2007 CRWC in collaboration with the Carmel River Task Force and utilizing grant funds from the Planning and Conservation League Foundation, published a revised Action Plan that set priorities for action items from the original Action Plan.
Finally, in 2014-15 along with the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County, we updated the Watershed Assessment and Action Plan (see attachments).