CWN is proud to co-sponsor:

Nature Based Solutions Success Stories Conference

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, 9 am – 1:30 pm
A Free Online Event

How do we get to safe, clean water? Are creek restoration projects improving water quality? Join us to explore nature-based solutions based in nature.

Honorary Event Chair: Senator Henry Stern

Watershed Coordinator: Melina Watts, North Santa Monica Bay Watershed

Project Sponsors: California Watershed Network, Council for Watershed Health

Free Registration!

For more information, contact Melina Watts at

Nature Based Solutions Success Stories Conference

Draft Agenda

9:00 Introduction by Melina Watts, Watershed Coordinator

Welcome by Senator Henry Stern

9:10 20 Years of Water Quality Testing: The Santa Barbara Creeks Division Success Story, Dr. Jill Murray, Water Quality Research Coordinator, Santa Barbara Creeks Division

9:40 Creating and Growing the Santa Barbara Creeks Division: How Did It Happen? Cameron Benson, Founder, Santa Barbara Creeks Division

10:00 Before and After: Water Quality Impacts of Restoration in Santa Cruz, Kellyx Nelson, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Resource Conservation District

10:20 The Little Lost Creeks of L.A. – a Hydrological History, Jessica Hall, Wildling Design

10:50 Break

11:00 Biodiversity and Water Quality: Putting the Nature in Nature Based Solutions, Dr. John Randall, The Nature Conservancy

11: 15 Urban Stream Restoration: Where Can Nature Go in the City? Dr. Ann Riley, Co-Director The California Urban Streams Partnership

11:45 The Role of the Hyporheic Zone, or the "Liver of the River," in Water Quality, Dr. Erica Gies, Journalist

12:15 Riparian Habitat Restoration: Arundo Donax Removal, Jason Casanova, Council for Watershed Health

12:30 The Yurok Tribe and the Personhood of the Klamath River
(Looking to connect with the Yurok Tribe and make a formal invitation)

1:00 The Soul of Water, Nadine Salas, Latinx / First Nations Poet

1:15 First Annual North Santa Monica Bay Watershed Prize, Selected by the North Santa Monica Bay Watershed Area Steering Committee; Prize Awarded by Chair Dave Pedersen, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

1:25 The Ending is the Beginning: Invitation to Upcoming Tours, Melina Watts

Guide to Legislation. To find a bill that is pending in the California Legislature, open this link to the new Digital Democracy page or go direct to the Legislature's menu.

California Watershed Coalition White Paper: Watershed Project Finance Recommendations. Read it.

Calif. Urban Streams Partnership's White Paper: Funding Urban Watershed Projects Recommendations for a 2014 Water Bond. Download here.

Protect statewide volunteerism with AB 587 and SB 644! Read the press release.

Secretary Snow's 2010 White Paper and Action Plan for Integrated Resource Management. Read it.

View the innovative 2008 Statewide Watershed Program Update and the Advisory Committee Members.

Integrating Watershed Principles into IRWMP. Learn more.

Shop at Patagonia. Please consider clicking through from our page; any purchase results in a donation to CWN at no extra cost to you! Thanks!

Find us on Facebook