Discover Solano's gem - the Suisun Marsh!
What Learn about the Suisun Marsh
Speakers Steve Chappell, Executive Director
Suisun Resource Conservation District
Bay Conservation and Development Commission Representative
When Thursday, October 14, 7 pm on zoom
Sponsor Solano County Orderly Growth Committee
Please join the Solano County Orderly Growth Committee for a Zoom presentation and discussion about Suisun Marsh. Steve Chappell, Executive Director of the Suisun Resource Conservation District, will present us with a bit of history outlining the legacy of preservation, ongoing management and restoration activities, and future threats to the Suisun Marsh. Bay Conservation and Development Commission staff will also present on the Suisun Marsh Protection Plan and BCDC’s role in permitting projects in the Marsh. There will be ample time for a moderated discussion following the presentations.
Suisun Marsh is the largest contiguous brackish water marsh remaining on the west coast of North America. It serves as the resting and feeding ground for thousands of waterfowl migrating on the Pacific Flyway and provides essential habitat for more than 221 bird species, 45 mammal species, 16 different reptilian and amphibian species, and more than 40 fish species. The Marsh supports sensitive plant and wildlife species such as the Suisun thistle, Salt Marsh Harvest Mice and Delta smelt, which is endemic to the Marsh.
The Suisun Marsh is located within the Bay-Delta estuary which means it is located between the freshwater inflow of the Central Valley and the marine environment of the San Francisco Bay. This unique geographic location is the mixing zone between the Bay and the Delta, but the brackish water quality is highly influenced by California's two largest water supply systems: the Federal Central Valley Project and the State Water Project as well as other upstream diversions.
Water quality of San Francisco Bay is directly connected to the health of the Marsh. The Marsh is a key component in trying to manage sea level rise impacts here in Solano and throughout the Bay region.
We hope you can join us via this Zoom link.
Topic: Suisun Marsh Presentation
Time: Oct 14, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
The Solano Resource Conservation District hosted the first three-day Solano Water Institute for Teachers early this month at various sites throughout Solano County and at Lake Berryessa.
The new teacher workshop provided 27 Solano County educators with knowledge, skills and tools to help them teach watershed science and land preservation from a locally relevant perspective.
The Solano Water Institute featured presentations from nine local and state experts on water resources, open spaces and climate change with conversations integrating Project WET, an award-winning environmental education curriculum created by the Water Education Foundation.
“These place-based learning experiences give teachers knowledge on the impacts of drought and climate change in our area,” said Marianne Butler, education director for the Solano Resource Conservation District, in a press release. “We hope that the local presenters inspired teachers and encouraged them enough to empower their students to help protect our natural resources in Solano County.”
The training began Aug. 4 at Rush Ranch Open Space near Suisun City. Educators learned about the importance and challenges of managing the Suisun Marsh and other open spaces from both the Suisun Resource Conservation District’s John Takekawa and the Solano Land Trust’s Jasmine Westbrook-Barsukov.
Teachers also learned from Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Leonard about the Solano County Office of Education’s Explorers Quest program – an outdoor treasure hunt that offers students and their families the chance to discover native plants and animals in Solano County.
Educators from throughout Solano County learn about managing the Suisun Marsh and Lake Berryessa with Suisun Resource Conservation District Operations Manager John Takekawa (left) as part of the 2021 Solano Water Institute for Teachers hosted by Solano Resource Conservation District.
The second day of the workshop was spent boating on Lake Berryessa as part of an educational tour to help teachers experience first-hand the significance Lake Berryessa holds for them and their students.
“It’s extremely important that students know Lake Berryessa is their drinking water,” said Jennifer Onufer, Supervising Park Ranger with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation at Lake Berryessa, in the press release. “While they can also recreate and play here, it is first and foremost a precious drinking water source that they can help protect.”
Onufer’s statement came during a question-and-answer session halfway through the tour, at the Bureau of Reclamation Visitor Center. The panel discussion also featured Education Specialist Kathy Schulz from the California Department of Water Resources, Water Quality Supervisor Marc Bautista from the city of Benicia, and Senior Engineer Alex Rabidoux with the Solano County Water Agency.
Rabidoux also gave a full-hour presentation on the State Water Project, Central Valley Project and the Solano Project, which includes Lake Berryessa and the Putah South Canal.
Solano County Parks Supervisor Chris Drake closed out Thursday with an overview of the opportunities within Solano County Parks and ongoing efforts to increase park access.
The final training occurred Aug. 5 at the city of Fairfield’s Dunnell Nature Park and Education Center, where teachers were trained by California Project WET Coordinator Brian Brown to facilitate Project WET activities using the content they learned during the workshop.
Teachers who completed the workshop and participate in an October follow-up meeting are eligible for a $200 stipend and can receive 21 hours of continuing education credit. The date for the 2022 Solano Water Institute is yet to be determined.
The 2021 Solano Water Institute for Teachers was funded by the Solano County Orderly Growth Committee; the California Department of Water Resources; the Water Education Foundation; and the School Water Education Program, which includes the cities of Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville, Dixon, Vallejo and Benicia, the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District and the Solano Irrigation District.
The workshop is hosted by Solano Resource Conservation District with support from Brian Brown, Project WET coordinator for California.
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