Watershed Stewardship Program

The Lake Almanor Watershed Group (LAWG; formerly the Almanor Basin Watershed Advisory Council) has addressed water quality; land use; and critical habitat issues in the Lake Almanor Basin since 2004. A key aspect of this work has been engaging the public in discussions and presentations to advance watershed stewardship holistically throughout Lake Almanor communities. This work has involved public meetings and forums; individual outreach activities; as well as the creation of informational pamphlets and brochures.

Although past work has successfully been implemented; and more public support garnered for watershed stewardship activities; there is an imminent need for large-scale reductions in non-point sources of nutrient deposition into the Lake and widespread education on the role of residents and visitors in these issues. Increased nutrients; coupled with warmer; drier years; can not only lead to decreased water quality and detrimental algal blooms; but also create favorable habitat for the introduction of invasive species. This project will build upon established community connections and previous research to engage the public in activities that increase understanding of human-mediate influences on water quality and invasive species in Lake Almanor; and develop action to reduce nutrient deposition into the Lake Almanor and the potential for invasive species introduction.
Sponsoring Agency
Sierra Institute for Community and Environment/Lake Almanor Watershed Group
Primary Contact
Courtney Gomola
Contact Email
Project Number
Matching Funds
None listed
Total Cost
DAC Benefit
DWR Resource Management Strategies
Ecosystem restoration, Outreach and engagement, Pollution prevention, Urban storm water runoff management, Urban water use efficiency, Water and culture, Water-dependent recreation
Project Objectives
Address water resources and wastewater needs of DACs and Native Americans, Build communication and collaboration among water resources stakeholders, Continue to actively engage in FERC relicensing within the Region, Effectively address climate change adaptation and/or mitigation in water resources management, Enhance public awareness and understanding of water management issues and needs, Protect, restore, and enhance the quality of surface and groundwater resources, Reduce potential for catastrophic wildland fires in the region, Work with counties/communities/groups to maintain capacity for water-related projects, Work with DWR to develop strategies and actions for the operation of SWP facilities
Project Status
Final Design
Potential Benefits
Assist the region in adapting to effects of climate change, Disadvantaged Communities, Environmental Justice, Native American Tribal Communities
Project Owner

To the owner of Watershed Stewardship Program

1 resource

  • FMW-10 1 file Added 27 Aug 2016 Lake Almanor basin stewardship and outreach program