Tanya Meyer, Watershed coordinator, Yolo County RCD, (530) 662-2037 ext.114.
Chairperson: Lisa Stallings (Brooks, CA)
Co-chair: Tim Gardes (Guinda, CA).
Paul Robins, Yolo County RCD, (530) 662-2037 ext.116
Area of Focus
Capay Valley - the reach of Cache Creek from Camp Haswell downstream to Capay Dam.
A healthy Cache Creek watershed with balanced uses of the natural environment
for human benefit and conservation of local resources.
To enhance and protect watershed resources by bringing together all interested
parties in a collaborative process that promotes watershed stewardship through
community outreach and cooperative planning and implementation of projects,
while respecting public and private property rights.
The group does not have 501 (c)3 status.
The group is open to anyone who feels they have a stake in the health of the Cache
Creek watershed. There are no fees associated with membership.
Issues of Concern
Current issues of concern to the group include: Streambank erosion along Cache Creek
and tributaries; eradication and/or management of invasive plants such as
Tamarisk, Arundo, and Yellow Starthistle throughout Capay Valley; the effects
of mercury in Cache Creek on wildlife and humans; the current permitting
system functioning as a hindrance to watershed restoration and management
Improve bank stability along Cache Creek and its tributaries. Manage invasive riparian
plants and restore indigenous riparian plant communities. Monitor and address
the movement of mercury in Cache Creek. Since 1996 the group has been engaged
in a collaborative process to identify and work towards the accomplishment of
the goals above through the following objectives: 1) Develop the Capay Valley
Conservation and Restoration Manual, an easy-to-use collection of conservation
and restoration practices and project planning guidance for landowners. 2)
Conduct a watershed assessment and develop a watershed stewardship action
plan. The plan will provide a comprehensive approach to improving watershed
health through a better understanding of the watershed and prioritized
implementation of conservation and restoration activities. 3) Work with the
appropriate agencies to develop an area-wide permit program to allow for the
timely implementation of projects defined in the watershed stewardship action
plan under a single permit package.