|WATERS at SSU snares large grant
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved a three-year $204,318 grant to fund Sonoma State University’s pioneering Watershed Academics for Sustainability (WATERS) Collaborative after a highly successful first year showed how the partnership with the Sonoma County Water Agency can serve the flood control needs of the local watershed. The first year of activities of the collaborative resulted in faculty/student research projects that led to several significant studies evaluating sedimentation, vegetation management (weed control), and water quality in different reaches of the Copeland Creek channel.
The Water Agency and SSU’s agreement for the WATERS Collaborative in June 2012 was also aimed at creating a trained local workforce of SSU graduates. To meet the intent of the WATERS Collaborative and to consolidate related efforts (public education, stream and resource management, and environmental research) Water Agency staff recommended amending the initial agreement that included $48,000 spanning one year by funding an additional $68,000 each year for three years until 2016. For more information, visit to www.sonoma.edu/preserves/waters./