SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 16-18, 2007 • WATERSHED LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE • CAMP MCDOWELL
riVer TieS The newsletter of the
Alabama Rivers Alliance
Water Agenda makes big splash
ttendees at this year's Watershed course of the next year: instream flow policy and
Leadership Conference couldn't say
Alabama Water Agenda state agency funding. Strategic planning sessions
enough positive things about our new were held for these issues in June 2006 with input
For more information about this
proactive policy campaign, the Alabama Water from our peer review group.
important initiative, contact
Agenda. We are promoting the development of a compre-
April Hall at (205) 322-6395.
Designed to target the biggest threats to hensive state instream flow policy to deal with the
Alabama's waters, the Agenda focuses on addi- many water quantity issues in our state including
tional protections for our rivers through comprehensive policy changes flooding, drought, water withdrawals, flows from dams, and groundwa-
at the state level. After talking with grassroots watershed groups, envi- ter protection. Our goal for state agency funding is to ensure that the
ronmental leaders, and Alliance members, we identified a list of threats state agencies responsible for protecting our aquatic resources, including
facing our state's waters. That list was prioritized with the help of a peer wildlife, are adequately and efficiently funded.
review group, and the first six initiatives were announced at this The Alliance is seeking volunteers to help promote and advance
year's conference. the Agenda. Volunteer activities include action alerts, form let-
Chosen based on their widespread impacts on rivers ters, lobbying, letters to the editor, and our newly created "News
and streams and the far-reaching benefits of policy change, Watchdog" team. We would also like to schedule presenta-
the first six agenda items are: instream flow, stormwater, tions about the Water Agenda with your civic, environmental,
state agency funding, suburban sprawl, enforcement, and faith-based, recreation, and other organizations.
agency enhancement and cooperation. Please contact April Hall at (205) 322-6395 or ahall@alabamariv-
With our partners, the Southern Environmental ers.org to sign up to volunteer to support the Agenda or for more informa-
Law Center, we are focusing on two campaigns over the tion through action alerts and electronic updates.
‘River Revival’ kicks off
WHEN: October 22, 2006
from 1 to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Kings Bend of the
Locust Fork River Get ready to kick off your shoes and renew your spirit as the
TICKETS: $20 in advance at: Alliance hosts its first River Revival fundraiser from 1 to 6
p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2006 at Kings Bend on the
All ALABAMA OUTDOORS
Locust Fork River near Cleveland, Ala.
locations in Huntsville, Home-
wood, Greystone, Pel- The musical festival, sponsored by Whole Foods, Serra
ham, Florence, and Toyota, and the Birmingham Weekly, will celebrate our
rivers, each other, and our shared accomplishments over
DEEP SOUTH the past decade. Join us at the river to enjoy the music of
FLY SHOP in the Little Memphis Blues Orchestra (Taylor Hicks' former
Birmingham band), Eric Essix, The Blue Mules, Sarah Green, Ryan Kinder, Todd
Or, online at our Coder and Greg Staggs. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the gate and $60
website: www. for carloads. Proceeds go to support the work of the Alliance. Barbecue and Garden
alabamarivers.org. Burgers with fixings will be for sale, or you can bring your own picnic.
Tickets may also be pur- Between sets, we'll hear from our emcee Greg Bass, and speakers Doug
chased for $30 at the gate Phillips, Sam Howell, and Brenda Cummings. If you have questions or would like
or $60 for carpools
to help sponsor this event, please contact Jennifer Rupe at (205) 322-6395.
AlAbAMA RiveRs AlliAnce • 2027 second Avenue noRth, suite A • biRMinGhAM, AlAbAMA 35203
AlAbAMA RiveRs AlliAnce
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When does life of an organization begin?
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: (205) 322-6395 As the Alliance enters its 10th year, I've Foundation, the C.S. Mott Foundation, and
FAX: (205) 322-6397 been seeking answers as to when an organiza- individual donors like you to provide the Alli-
tion's life truly begins. ance with the funding necessary to launch on
Can you actually track
The mission of the Alabama Rivers Alliance the origins of an organization to It took the first board of
is to protect and restore state rivers through
a specific date, a specific moment directors to take the responsibil-
water quality and quantity policy advocacy,
restoration planning, grassroots organizing, in time? Is it the first meeting to ity and leadership for the actions
and watershed education in order to achieve discuss the concept? Is it the first of the organization before and
clean and healthy watershed ecosystems, board of directors meeting? Is it after the Alliance petitioned the
healthy people, strong economies, and a func- the first dollar that is raised? Is it IRS for non-profit status.
tioning democratic system of government in
the first event hosted? The first
Alabama. Understanding the
comment made? The first budget Alliance's rich history, it helps
or when that 501c3 letter comes in Adam Snyder you realize that the origin of an
BoarD of DireCTorS from the IRS? Director's Corner organization like the Alliance is
2006 - 2007 Many of you know the his- the identification of a need, and
President Dr. Robert Angus tory of the Alliance. We were very fortunate the commitment of leaders, supporters, and
to have a dynamic leader in Brad McLane to funders to address that need.
Vice President E. Alston Ray, III found and build the Alabama Rivers Alliance.
The need for healthy ecosystems,
Treasurer William East However, he will be the first to tell you that by healthy people, strong economies, and good
no means did he start the Alliance alone.
Secretary Dr. Bart West government still exists in Alabama. From our
It took the vision and leadership of Don origins to today, the Alliance relies on a multi-
David Branham Elder, then executive director of the Cahaba tude of partners to achieve the vision set forth
Casi Callaway River Society, and then Beth Stewart, the cur- by so many leaders more than 10 years ago.
Dr. Ed Colvin rent director, to incubate and spin off the Al- Please join us this year in celebrating
Sean Flynt liance as a separate statewide river organiza- 10+ years of the Alliance, our shared progress,
The Rev. Mark Johnston tion. It took the leaders of multiple grassroots and our shared vision for the future. While our
Phil Sankey and staffed organizations in the early days of origins may not be crystal clear, neither are
Wendy Seesock the Alabama State Rivers Coalition to set the our waters. That fact drives us each day to ac-
direction and tone for what would become the complish the vision so many of you had when
Of Counsel William Andreen Alliance. establishing the Alliance once upon a time.
It took funders such as the Munson
2006 - 2007
Ramble Ankumah New look, new logo meet again by November. While both sides
Karan Bailey can claim victories at certain points over the
As the Alliance enters its 10th year of op-
Bill Bennett last few months, it remains unclear if the
eration, it was time to freshen up our look.
Joel Cochran court-ordered changes will harm or improve
Thanks to board member Phil Sankey and his
Ben Ferrill the health of the rivers in question.
Dr. Randy Haddock firm Sankey2, we now have a fresh new logo
Henry Hughes and new look, featuring our motto “Water
Highway 98 case settled
Dr. Michael Mullen is Life.” Be on the look out for changes and
updates to our website and a new organiza- In early 2005, Mobile Baykeeper and the
John Scott Alliance, represented by the Southern Envi-
Beth Maynor Young tional brochure.
ronmental Law Center, appealed the state
Water Wars heats up transportation department’s finding of “no
STaff significant environmental impact” on the
The seemingly cold war of the tristate water
realignment and expansion of U.S. Highway
Executive Director negotiations is heating up, as quite a bit of
98 in Mobile County. After nearly a year of
Adam R. Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org activity has been happening the last several
discussion, the highway department did
months. Georgia leaders have accused the
further studies about the impacts of the road
Watershed Protection Specialist Corps of releasing too much water from Lake
and alleviated some of our organizations’
April Hall, P.E. email@example.com Lanier, threatening Atlanta’s water supply.
concerns about threats to the primary drink-
The released flows provide water to, among
Watershed Leadership ing water supply for Mobile. As a result of
other things, the delicate mussel beds in
Coordinator the settlement, the highway department has
Apalachicola Bay in Florida. Negotiators from
Cindy Lowry firstname.lastname@example.org more extensive information for their study,
all three states have met under the direction
and they are working with local stakeholders
Development Coordinator of Judge Karon Bowdre on several occasions
to improve public involvement in highway
Jennifer Rupe email@example.com this summer to determine flow needs to
projects in the area.
prevent additional mussel kills. During the
OSM/VISTA Watershed month of August, Alabama Governor Bob Ri-
Rivers win at high court
Coordinator ley and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue met
Anna Keene firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the situation, and have pledged to The right of states to permit water discharged
from hydropower dams was called into ques-
Cover and Page 2 background photo (c) Bill Snow
River Ties 2 Water Is Life
Welcome Anna Keene events, such as Earth Day at the Gardens at the Birmingham
The Alliance’s newest member to the team is Anna Keene
who began serving the third year of the Americorps OSM/
Goodbye Lauren Fine
VISTA position in June. Anna graduated from the University
of Alabama’s New College with a degree in Environmental Lauren has been with the Alliance
Studies in 2005 and recently completed two semesters work- since January 2004. She served her
ing as an Environmental Educator at Camp McDowell in first two years as the OSM/Ameri-
Navuoo, AL. Anna has been a member of the Friends of Hur- corps VISTA for Hurricane Creek,
ricane Creek for several years and brings renewed energy and doing an outstanding job on issues
ideas to their organization. We’re very excited to welcome of poverty, acid mine drainage, and
Anna and look forward to seeing her in action. assisting the Friends of Hurricane
Creek. For the past six months,
Welcome Jennifer Rupe Lauren has been “full-time, short-
time” staff at the Alliance helping
with the conference, the Alabama
joined the Lauren meets a furry friend at the Watershed
Water Agenda, and developing
staff as a Leadership Conference.
our latest publications, the River
Protection Essentials. Lauren is
heading to Penn in Philadelphia to study environmental is-
in 2005. In
sues in graduate school. We wish her well and will miss her!
Thanks Farley Lord
Alliance's Farley joined the Alliance as a summer intern as part of the
full-time De- Hess Center Fellowship program through Birmingham-
velopment Southern College. Farley was one of a handful of students
Jennifer plays the guitar at the Watershed
Leadership Conference. Coordinator that applied and was accepted to the program that places
and is han- students with advocacy-oriented non-profits. From June to
dling all aspects of donor relations. Before joining our staff, August, Farley researched ADEM issues and drafted a paper
Jennifer worked on contract with the Birmingham Regional regarding the proposed Northern Beltline in Birmingham.
Planning Commission. She also has formed a grassroots We wish her the best as she graduates in December.
organization and has extensive experience planning special
tion again. Fortunately, the Supreme Court maintained the Alliance goes to Washington
valuable state’s right in the S.D. Warren vs. Maine Board of
Adam Snyder joined leaders from Black Warrior Riverkeeper,
Environmental Protection case. Permitted under Section 401
Mobile Baykeeper, and grassroots leader Ralph Timberlake in
of the Clean Water Act, a state has the right to permit fed-
Washington D.C. for American River's River Lobby Day. The
eral projects that impact water quality. With a unanimous
Alabama river delegation met Congressman Jo Bonner as well
9-0 decision, the Court found that the operations of hydro-
as congressional staff of most of Alabama's House and Senate
power dams are considered to be “discharges” as defined in
representatives. The representatives were asked to support
the Clean Water Act and are therefore subject to Section 401
the "Clean Water Authority Restoration Act" to clean up
permitting. Hydropower dams can have adverse impacts on
confusion set forth by the Rapanos isolated wetlands ruling
water quality and Section 401 ensures that states may apply
by the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the Senate version of
conditions to the water discharged from the dams to ensure
the Water Resources Development Act, which is designed to
that water quality standards are met.
modernize the Army Corps of Engineers.
Supreme Court isolates wetlands
New publications on their way
Our nations wetlands and streams were also under attack
The Alliance is creating a series of publications called River
in the nation’s highest court. At issue was the Clean Water
Protection Essentials. Designed to provide citizens with
Act’s jurisdiction over “isolated” wetlands, which are not di-
helpful information that can be used to protect their local
rectly connected to other water bodies and are wholly locat-
watersheds, these simple, straight-forward pamphlets will
ed on private property, and tributaries to navigable waters.
cover a number of topics including how to contact elected
In two cases, Rapanos v United States and Carabell v U.S.
officials, how to review and comment on permits and how to
Army Corps of Engineers, the Supreme Court issued a split
be a river watchdog. Look for the series on our website soon.
5-4 decision to vacate the previous rulings and remand the
The first two publications cover topics on how to report a
cases back to the lower courts. While the decision doesn’t
water quality problem to the Alabama Department of Envi-
settle the case, the opinion issued by Justice Kennedy may of-
ronmental Management (ADEM) and how to perform a file
fer precedent in future court cases in favor of protecting these
review at ADEM.
River Ties 3 Water Is Life
he Alabama Rivers Alliance 8th
Annual Watershed Leadership
Conference was held on March
24-26, 2006 at the Alabama
4-H Center in Columbiana, Alabama. The
Conference brought together more than 75
citizens and grassroots leaders for three days
of learning, networking, and, of course, having
fun. This year’s participants represented nine
of Alabama’s 14 major watershed basins, and
numerous sub-basins as well.
They came from grassroots organizations,
government agencies, corporations, local busi-
nesses, regional and national organizations, and
several statewide organizations.
Topics covered at this year’s conference
ranged from bio-diesel and solar power to water
quality standards and “water wars.” Experts
from a variety of fields - such as politics, water-
shed restoration, and environmental law - were
invited to provide information-packed sessions
designed to give citizens the tools they need to
take action in protecting their local watersheds.
The Alliance is extremely grateful to all of
those who participated in, sponsored, and vol-
unteered for the 2006 conference.
2006 RiveR celebRAtion AWARds
The 2006 River Hero awards were given
to Susan Weber of the Flint River Conservation
Association in Huntsville, Ann Biggs-Williams
of the Conecuh/Sepulga Watershed Alliance
in Brewton, and John Wathen, the Hurricane
Creekkeeper in Tuscaloosa. These three river
lovers have been long-time supporters of the
Alabama Rivers Alliance and have been very
successful in protecting and preserving their
The Watershed Organization of the Year
award was given to Black Warrior Riverkeeper,
who has grown substantially over the past year
and is making a huge difference in the Black
Top: Alliance director Adam Snyder presents the River Hero Award to Soos Weber with the
Flint River Conservation Association in Huntsville. The Alliance is so proud to be able to work
Above: Members of the staff of Black Warrior Riverkeeper accept the Watershed Organiza-
along side these dedicated individuals and orga-
tion of the Year award. From Left - Snyder, Mark Martin, John Kinney, David Whiteside, nizations.
Nelson Brooke, and Charles Scribner.
River Ties 4 Water Is Life
MAny thAnks to ouR sponsoRs!
ConferenCe SponSorS Break SponSorS SeSSion SponSorS
Alabama 4-H Center Bill Andreen
Sankey 2, Inc. Bill Bennett
Higher Ground Coffee
EBSCO Johnny Greenseed Wines
Cahaba River Society
Deep South Fly Shop
Day-Long SponSorS SChoLarShip SponSorS Bill East
Ed Colvin Birmingham Canoe Club Sean Flynt
Conecuh/Sepulga Watershed Alliance
James V. Fairley, Jr. Friends of Chewacla and Uphapee Creeks
FoodSource Lure Corp.
Friends of the Locust Fork River
Henry Hughes Friends of Shades Creek Wilcox Friends of the Alabama River
Alston Ray Pierson Environmental Consulting
MeaL SponSorS Save Our Sougahatchee
Saxon Environmental Services Acoustic Cafe - Steve Masterson
Ross Land Design Water So Pure, Inc.
Above: Ann Biggs-Williams of the Conecuh-Sepulga Watershed
Alliiance shares a photograph of her favorite river after receiving
the River Hero award.
Right: Joe Turnham, chair of the Alabama Democratic Party,
stressed the importance of active environmental voters.
Below: Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen inspires the crowd
after being presented with the River Hero award.
leAdeR to keynote in 2007
The 2007 Watershed Most recently, he was named presi-
Leadership Conference, to be held dent of the Apollo Alliance, a young
March 16-18 at Camp McDowell, coalition of organized labor, envi-
will be a River Reunion celebrating ronmental, business and civil rights
10 years of the Alliance. So, save the leaders determined to free the U.S.
date today and join us for the cel- of dependence on foreign oil.
A Louisiana native, Ringo
The keynote speaker for spent 20 years in that state’s pet-
the 2007 conference will be Jerome rochemical industry. After early
Ringo. Earlier this year, Ringo was retirement, he founded Progressive
elected chairman of the board of Resources Inc. to help communities
the National Wildlife Federation, affected by the refineries.
the first African American in such More information about the
a leadership position at a major conference will be coming soon.
national environmental group.
River Ties 5 Water Is Life
Sweet Home Alabama River
The Alabama Rivers Alliance is privileged to hear heart-warming on that river. We looked around Selma and found a realtor,
stories about how river lovers found their way to their favorite river or but he didn’t have much that was of interest to us.
got involved in the river movement. We will be featuring some of these
After several trips to the Camden area, we decided
stories of grassroots leaders in their own voice in our newsletter and to check with one of the local banks to see if they knew of
would love to hear from you about your story. If you have a story you anyone who had property. Maybe some property was go-
would like to submit, please e-mail email@example.com. ing to be sold because of taxes! When George went into the
Vice President’s office, the Vice President was meeting with
By Judy Ulrich
a gentleman who actually had property on the river. He of-
fered to show us the property.
e knew we wanted to get out of Atlanta - all
the traffic and rude people! So we began our We followed in our car, and driving outside of Cam-
search. den, both George and I were becoming more interested. In
fact, the fellow who owned the property was someone we
In October 2004, we had been searching for. One of the contacts we had made
started going out every on an earlier trip mentioned that we might want to look up
weekend. We looked “Moose Henderson” because she thought he had some land
all over Georgia, initially he was interested in selling. I just happened to have the
looking for acreage. We clipboard with his name written on it, and he confirmed that,
looked around the coast; indeed, he was “Moose.”
we went north, south,
east and then west. We We followed him into the “subdivision” which was
went into South Carolina, being planned. We “oohed” and “ahhed” the whole way. We
and then we looked at the parked and Moose said there were still several lots for sale.
map to see what was in We walked several, all on the bluff of the Alabama River. We
Alabama. We had decid- went back the next day to be sure because we had looked
ed after many meander- so much, and we just wanted to be really sure. When we
George and Judy Ulrich enjoy a laugh and smile for the cam- ings that we wanted to stopped on the lot where we now live, we knew we were
era while talking with the Wilcox Friends of the Alabama River be near water - not just a home.
founders Jennie and Slaton Crawford.
stream - usable water! We closed on the property and started planning our
We started looking around Alabama, up around the home. We’ve now been here a little over a year, and one
Tennessee River, but decided that wasn’t for us. We looked thing we know for sure: we’re never moving again!
around Lake Martin. In fact, we spent several weekends Every morning, we watch the sun rise over the beau-
driving over to Alabama from Atlanta. One day, we decided tiful water. Every evening, we sit on our back porch and
to go into Selma since we’d heard so much about it. Plus, on marvel at the wonder of it all. My mother, who passed away
the map, it looked like a pretty good-sized body of water run- in December of 1997, was born and raised in Alabama. I’m
ning right through Selma. sure in my heart that she had a hand in our finding “home.”
We had lunch at a little Mexican restaurant, and
when we looked out the rear window, there was a HUGE Judy and George Ulrich are members of Wilcox Friends of the River in
body of water! We started asking everybody in that restau- Camden, Alabama working to protect and preserve the Alabama River.
rant if they knew of anyone who had land they wanted to sell For more information, you can contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OSM/VISTA program renewed for third year
In its third year, the purpose of the position of OSM/ Additionally, the VISTA program and the Friends are
VISTA Watershed Coordinator for Hurricane Creek is to working to develop new relationships in the community. We
empower impoverished communities in southwestern Tus- recently initiated a unique partnership with the University
caloosa County through education, outreach, and organiza- of Alabama students to develop messaging and marketing
tional development as well as to identify areas with acid mine materials for the Friends. The Friends are working to build
drainage problems and to attempt to remediate these areas. partnerships with the business community. The VISTA is
continuing the work with area schools to coordinate educa-
Over the past two years the program has helped the
tional opportunities in the watershed.
Friends of Hurricane Creek grow in membership, increase
community involvement and raise their annual budget. With The role of Anna Keene, and Lauren Fine before her,
the assistance of the VISTA program, the Friends were able as a VISTA is to connect people with the common goal of
to hire a Hurricane Creekkeeper for the organization and wa- clean water and facilitate these relationships. By working
tershed. This is a significant accomplishment for the Friends with a diverse group of stakeholders and fully utilizing the
as they relied only on volunteers in the past. This year, we wealth of resources around the watershed, the Friends can
are working to recruit and retain volunteers to sustain the ensure watershed health and continue in their mission to
organization for the near and long-term. rehabilitate and protect the Hurricane Creek watershed.
River Ties 6 Water Is Life
ADEM Reform makes strides in 2006
At the end of the 2006 legislative session, Governor participation in stakeholder committee meetings, public
Riley made four appointments to the EMC. Two Commis- comments, and meetings with EMC members. The final
sioners, who had been serving expired terms for more than draft of the new Plan is scheduled to be out for public com-
18 months and who have historically cast votes against the ment this fall, so stay tuned for notices on this.
best interest of citizens and the environment, were reap-
Appreciating every victory be they large or small is
pointed. One Commissioner, Pat Byington, who has cham- of utmost importance when tackling an initiative as broad
pioned many initiatives during his term that have helped to and challenging as reforming ADEM. The ARC has had
improve environmental protection at ADEM, was replaced. many victories during its four year existence and we re-
main steadfast in our commitment to achieving the goals
Our voices were heard set forth in the Blueprint for ADEM Reform (recently re-
This was a disappointing blow to the ARC, but it
was not taken lying down. Members rallied, writing letters
vised and updated). The more members we have, the more
capacity the Coalition will have to grow. RiveR
to the editor, making phone calls and visits to their Sena-
If your organization is interested in joining the dAtebook
tors and attending the Senate Confirmations vote at the ADEM Reform Coalition, please contact Mark Johnston
statehouse. Many elected officials and citizens across the at email@example.com or Cindy Lowry at clowry@
state are now more educated and aware of the importance alabamarivers.org.
of EMC appointments due to the efforts of ARC and its Coastal Cleanup
member groups. www.wolfbaywatch.org
The ADEM Reform Coalition (ARC) is a group of 41 member organi-
Other ARC efforts led to new funding from the zations from all across Alabama who have joined together to reform
General Fund Budget for an Environmental Justice Unit the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. ARC aims Oct. 21-22
at ADEM and town hall meetings held around the state to to transform ADEM into an agency with the mission, leadership, Lake Guntersville Trip
gauge the success of the EMC’s 2004 Strategic Plan and capacity, and commitment to serve the people of Alabama in order to www.birminghamcanoeclub.org
the progress of Director Trey Glenn. The EMC began the protect Alabama’s environment, safeguard human health from envi-
process of a new strategic plan in the spring of 2006 and ronmental causes, and pursue environmental justice. Oct. 22
ARC members are following this process closely through
Forests integral to watershed health
Trash, Treasures, and
By Bud Watson upstream headwaters areas. www.wolfbaywatch.org
Co-Director, Model Forest Policy Program Agency problems – State forestry agencies are
I attended the March 24-26 Watershed Leadership
generally allied with the forest industry in protecting the Nov. 3-4
status quo. Concerted efforts by sustainable forestry and
Conference and was very favorably impressed with the Wilderness First Aid
watershed water quality interests can have positive effects www.alabamawildlife.org
interest and vigor the ARA groups were directing toward
on improving watershed water quality without requiring
water quality issues in the Alabama Water Agenda. Most
importantly, I noted that while the six issues identified for modification of existing interest group priorities. Dec. 2
action in the Agenda: Funding – Forestry agencies and programs are as
Historic Mines Hike
under-funded as other water quality agencies and pro- www.ruffnermountain.org
• urban and rural stormwater grams. Concerted, allied across-the-board lobbying by
• agency problems forestry and water quality groups in both areas can result
• enforcement Feb. 3
in across-the-board improvement at the watershed level.
• funding Instream flow – Intact forests and timber harvests Locust Fork Invitational
• instream flow www.flfr.org
in accordance with sustainable forestry practices pro-
• suburban sprawl tect watershed water quantity as well as water quality.
do not explicitly mention forestry, each of the issues has The resulting water holding and release characteristics of Mar. 16-18
an important forestry dimension, around which MFPP properly managed forestlands reduce storm surge and bal- Watershed Leadership
could offer positive input without the need for any of the ance it out over time, with consequent beneficial results for Conference
Alliance-affiliated groups shifting their priorities within instream flow.
the Agenda’s implementation scheme. The net benefit for Suburban sprawl – This is one area where conser-
watershed groups would be a better understanding of both vationists and the forest industry agree – too much forest
the impact of poor forestry practices on water quality and land is being lost to development – with consequent detri-
solutions to those problems provided by healthy forests mental impacts on the forest industry, local communities,
and sustainable forestry practices. A brief summary of these and water quality. There are potentially great benefits for
relationships follows. dialogue and cooperative efforts with these interests over
Urban and rural stormwater – Intact forests and
timber harvests in accordance with sustainable forestry
MFPP looks forward to working with the Alli-
practices protect watershed water quality and promote
ance and grassroots groups to capitalize on these common
healthy local economies and communities. Inattention to
interests between forest and water quality groups. Please
retaining riparian forest buffers and use of good standards
contact me (804-798-0988 or Bmwatson3@aol.com) if I can
for forest road construction, use, and closing results in
be of assistance with any of your watershed issues.
excessive stream sedimentation, especially in important
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