In 2018, a report was released detailing the active projects along the Carmel River for the upcoming year.
The report was lead by Mikaela Bogdan, student at CSUMB and an intern with our Conservancy. The report lists current projects within the watershed, their coordinating agency, and how they correspond to action items from the original Watershed Plan of 2014 (see link). Thirty three active projects are listed through out the watershed, including outreach and education, land acquisition, river and lagoon habitat management and restoration, flood and fire projects, and alternate water supply.
In 2016, the Watershed Assessment and Action Plan Update was created by CRWC and the Carmel River Task Force.
This plan is an update to the original Action Plan of 2014. It contains 41 prioritized actions and was created with support from the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County.
The original Carmel River Watershed Plan of 2014 was adopted from the Morro Bay CCMP and State Coastal Conservancy plan for the Stakeholders in the Morro Bay National Estuary Program. It contains 57 action items and is used as a guidance document for watershed management and project prioritization.
The Action Plan is based on scientific studies, mission statement objectives and input from our prospective partners and the Public. 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.