Our Stewardship

 

The Council is deeply committed to supporting and encouraging active stewardship of the natural resources in the Tomales Bay watershed.  In many cases, the Council acts to support the work of our members and the watershed community, but we have taken the lead on several important stewardship initiatives.  Learn more about each of the projects below by following the links.

 

Water Quality was identified as a top priority in the TBWC Stewardship Plan.  The goal is to ensure water quality in Tomales Bay, its tributary streams and marine Areas of Special Biological Significance is sufficient to support natural resources and sustain beneficial uses.  The Council has been conducting and compiling water quality monitoring data from sites throughout the watershed since 2007 to document long-term trends, identify pollution sources, inform the public about water quality conditions, and document the watershed response to restoration or water quality protection measures.  Learn more…

 

Adopt Our Watershed – Is an opportunity for institutions, agencies, groups and individuals to directly support or adopt a watershed for monitoring through our long-term trends program.  Learn more…

 

Chicken Ranch Beach - The Tomales Bay Watershed Council (TBWC) is leading an effort to restore a self-sustaining riparian and wetland ecosystem in the lower reaches of Third Valley Creek and at a popular  county-owned beach on the shores of Tomales Bay, that is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.  Learn more…

 

Integrated Coastal Watershed Management Plan (ICWMP) - TBWC completed an Integrated Coastal

Tomales Bay From the East Shore hills                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Rob Carson

Watershed Management Plan (ICWMP) in 2007 in order to prioritize further stewardship actions and assist partners in fulfilling State mandates.  The ICWMP outlines 74 watershed projects in detail and prioritizes specific actions to improve water quality & supplies as well as enhance or restore critical habitats.  Learn more…

 

State of the Bay Conference – The Tomales Bay Watershed Council hosted the 5th and 6th State of the Bay Conferences in October 2010 and 2012 respectively.  This

 conference is an opportunity to gather

agency staff, scientists, policy makers and the public to learn about the state of the watershed’s natural resources,

challenges it faces and the stewardship actions being implemented or planned.  Complete agenda, presentations and videos (from 2010) are available on the Conference page. Learn more…

 

Aquatic Habitat Priorities – The TBWC is developing an inventory of priority aquatic habitat projects in the watershed that will help our members and partners target restoration or management actions where they will benefit aquatic species. Learn more…

Education and Outreach – The TBWC is involved in outreach and education on watershed issues at a variety of levels from engaging the public through timely water quality advisories, printed and electronic newsletters to working with school groups providing hands-on opportunitites to

to explore our watershed and the science at work.  Learn more…

 

 

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