The primary mission of the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy (CRWC) is protection of the natural resources (including threatened species of steelhead and California red-legged frogs) that form the Carmel River Watershed. The Conservancy balances environmental protection and the diverse needs of the Community. This will be accomplished by exemplifying integrity, inclusiveness, education and mutual respect.
CRWC’s accomplishments include:
- Produced the Carmel River Watershed Assessment and Action Plan and Supplemental Watershed Action Plan, providing a comprehensive guide for restoring key watershed resources, including the threatened steelhead population. Updated this Assessment and Action Plan in 2014-15.
- Completed a major assessment of the health of the Carmel River watershed resources including creeks, streams, and wildlife habitat.
- Jointly sponsored the establishment of the Carmel River Task Force, a rare collaboration bringing resource agency managers and local restoration and conservation groups together to improve coordination of watershed resource management efforts.
- Collaborated in the development of the Integrated Water Management Plan and grant proposals with water resource agencies for the Monterey Peninsula.
- Conducted public meetings on emerging issues related to the Carmel River, Lagoon, and San Clemente Dam.
- Played a leading role in advocating for state and federal funding of priority needs for the Carmel River Watershed and arranging grants to address those needs.
- Worked jointly with the Carmel River Steelhead Association and other volunteers to restore critical habitat for steelhead and participated in fish rescues.
- Actively contributed to the county-wide efforts of Water for Monterey County to develop a reliable, sustainable, and affordable water supply.
- Led the process of securing a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board to assess the feasibility of an Ecosystem Protective Barrier to solve the problems presented by the barrier beach at the Carmel River lagoon.
Conducted many public and student watershed tours to encourage better stewardship of our watershed.