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December 3, 1997, Cloverdale Reveille, Page 3 rces Agency and Corps of Engineers Watershed Program 3, Resources Secretary I he goal of the program is to "protect, restore, and enhance the environmental and economic val- ues of the Russian River water- shed by supporting and assisting the development and implemen- tation of Community-based Wa- tershed Stewardship Plans." Planning objectives identified at this time are: Protect, restore, and enhance watershed health. Provide certainty and predict- ability to the regulated commu- nity, stakeholders, and the public at-large. Provide a basis to satisfy the regulatory mandates contained in the State and Federal Endan- gered Species Acts and the Clean Water Act, with initial emphasis on protecting and restoring list- ed species. According to Scretary Wheel- er, the State has committed to partnering with the Corps on this program, but, for it to go forward, there must be support on a local level; that is, from the Boards of Supervisors of both Mendocino and Sonorna Counties. Supervisors from both coun- ties were present at the public meeting to hear the brief presen- tation on the program concept and the response from a wide range of stakeholders. Director Goldzband asked the stakeholders to consider the pro- posal, discuss it with their friends, then call their supervisors to let them know whether they support the concept or not. UR HOLIDAY HEAD QUAR00T'ER00S 5 to 7 Foot Wheeler, Depa-ttment of ervation Director Larry and Lt. Col. Richard District Engineer for Francisco District of the of Engineers, presented a the development of a ,-based Watershed Program at a public held at Lake Sonoma. +,+ -;t+ -.+ Director Goldzband indicated that the counties needed to com- mit to supporting the program by January. If there is no local sup- port, the Corps and the Resources Agency will take their money and go elsewhere. If the prgram goes forward, the goal is to have a process in place within 14 months to develop a watershed plan. There would be a scoping process between January and May of 1998 to identify the issues which need to be addressed. Then, between June and October of 1998, there would be a water- shed analysis using existing in- formation and a gap analysis to determine what new data is need- ed. Sometime beyond that comes actual plan preparation and im- plementation. Secretary Wheeler said that he "comes with no preconceptions." Lt. Col Thompson stated that they had not done their homework on previous studies, that they now need to look at the watershed from a non-biased perspective to iden- tify the problems, and to start with a blank state. The tone of the audience was a mix of questioning and support. The optimistic 14 month timeline raised the most questions. Editor's Note: The preceding arti- cle is from the Russian River Bulle- tin, published by the Sonma County Water Agency. The article was writ- ten by Department ofFish and Game Plantation Groomed Biol+ist, BillCox. y area will Douglas Fir Tre, :s receive FEMA relief funding # The Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency (FEMA) has an- nounced federal funding in the amount of $1,892,584 for San Fran- cisco Bay Area organizations that help feed the hungry and sheltdr the homeless. The program is a model public/ private partnership. FEMA chairs a national board composed of rep- resentatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, the Council of Jewish Federations, " the National Council of Church, the Salvation Army, and United Way. This board develops each year's distribution plan based on unemployment and poverty rates. Final funding is done at the local level. Each jurisdiction receiving federal money has a local board that advertises the availability of funds, establishes local priorities, selects the nonprofit and govern- ment agencies to receive the EFS funding and monitor program compliance. Shop Early For +Best Selection! :{ 7 am to 10 pm Datly FIB A Quantities Limited Christmas musical to be presented at to Stock on Hand! Check Out Our Great Selection of Holiday Party Trays for Delicious & Convenient Holiday Entertaining |nummnmmmmmmmmm|m Wid] This Valuable 6bupon Off Your , Holiday Party i Ord00'l'00 : Rays is located at 1139 S. Clvd. Blvd., 0 LACE Cloverdale " First Baptist Church "Celebrate the Gift", a Christ- mas musical, will be presented Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 450 Franklin Street. Combining the elements of car- ol sing-along, canta, and drama, the pageant will feature an adult choir, soloists, a children's choir singing and signing for the deaf, and youth choreography. One highlight will be an audi- ence candle-lighting ceremony. Director of the program is Mrs. Jonni Conway. Pastor is Robert Rush. All are welcome and there is no admission charge. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program. County Human Services welfare forum here Dec. 4th The Sonoma County Human Services Department will hold a forum in Cloverdale on the Coun- ty's plan for overhauling welfare Thursday, Dec. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 124 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Officials will present Sonoma County's proposal for welfare re- form and answer questions about how the plan will be implement- ed. The plan is part of the sweep- ing reforms to get able-bodied people off public assistance. Copies of the plan will be avail- able at the meeting. Copies are also available by calling the Coun- ty's Welfare Reform Hotline 528- 5853.