Board of Directors Meeting. December 17, 2020

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Board of Directors



A. Call to Order and



B. Approval of the



C. Approval of Standing


a. Minutes: July 23 and September 24

Board of Directors Meeting


D. Guest Presentation

Streets to Creeks Update

Nick Sudano,

City of Santa Rosa


E. Guest Presentation

Rising Waters Project Update—

Exploring the Nexus of Water Quality

and Community Members

Experiencing Homelessness

Dr. Claudia Luke, PhD,

Sustainability Programs Director,

Center for Environmental Inquiry,


Rising Waters:

Partnership for Innovative Water Quality Solutions




Water Quality & Homelessness

Project Update

Actionable Research Questions

Next Steps


Transformative change is needed across all sectors of society


United Nations

At this moment in time, we are called to lead and act with courage. We are called to embrace change. Change in our societies. Change in the management of our economies. Change in our relationship with our one and only planet.


Multi-disciplinary faculty expertise

Graduates, students and curriculum

Laboratories, libraries, preserves

Neutral convening spaces for cross-disciplinary cross-sector discussions


Rising Waters

Mobilize academic and

community resources to find new solutions to emerging complex water issues.


Waters Collaborative

2013-20: Sonoma Water – Center for Environmental Inquiry

Train students and address regional water issues

3,100 students, 50 faculty, 30 community partners

Pollution, flood, drought, planning, restoration, performing arts….


Waters Collaborative


Viable solutions on emerging complex issues that cross jurisdictional boundaries

Cross-sector discussion

Public awareness of complex issues

Trained workforce with real-world experience


Rising Waters

1. Identify emerging challenge

2. Explore pan-sector solutions

3. Refine questions

4. Recruit teams, gather information


Rising Waters

Aug: Identify emerging challenge

Sep: Explore pan-sector solutions

Oct: Refine questions

Dec: Recruit teams, gather information

May: Share results, implement solutions


Identify Complex



Discussions with RRWA, Sonoma Water, NCWQCB

RRWA Board: “Water Quality and Community Members Experiencing Homelessness”


Water Quality &


Increasing homelessness in riparian areas

Pathogens, nutrients, biological hazards, trash

Flooding, wildfires

Vegetation removal, digging, poaching


Water Quality &


Increasing water quality regulations

Housing shortage and services for homeless

Human Right to Water Law AB685 (2012)

Declining biodiversity


• Aug 2020 Planning Workshop

• 14 leaders: social services, water agencies, environmental

organizations, academic sectors

• Goals:

1. Identify stakeholders to invite to workshop

2. Identify discussion topics 3. Relationship building

Explore Pan-Sector



• Sep 2020 Information Needs

Workshop: 30 attendees representing stakeholders

• Goals:

1. Summarize the challenge

2. Identify questions that need to be answered to find new solutions

3. Relationship building

Explore Pan-Sector



• Oct-Nov 2020: Leadership Team

• Identify specific outcomes needed to implement solutions

Refine Questions for

Actionable Results

Leadership Team

Andy Rodgers, RRWA

Mike Thompson, Sonoma Water

Jenna Garcia, City of Rohnert Park

Lynea Seiberlich-Wheeler, West County Health Center

Sean McNeil, City of Santa Rosa

Matt St.John, North Coast WQ Control Board

Claudia Luke, Chris Halle, Kerry Wininger – SSU Center for Environmental Inquiry


• Where are people living in riparian areas?

• Can we estimate the distribution and density of trash and nutrient contributions in waterways based on the distribution of people experiencing homelessness?

• Where can restrooms and trash receptacles be placed to have the greatest improvement in water quality?

1. Where are resources

needed to reduce water

quality impacts?


• What are the sociopolitical and legal barriers to preventing closures of public restrooms and installing portable restrooms?

• What is needed to remove these barriers?

• (Other barriers for future work: physical, resources, services, misinformation, and personal, health.)

2. What are the barriers to

providing services?


• How do stakeholders engage with populations experiencing homelessness?

• How do services being provided to people experiencing homelessness vary across the county?

• How much do they spend on these activities?

• What is the true cost to society of people experiencing homelessness?

3. How can we better align the

universe of investments?


Recruit Teams

3 faculty-student research teams

Discussions with Rising Waters leadership team

Proposal, report and data


$10K Research Grants for

Local Environmental, Economic, and Cultural Challenges

All disciplines encouraged. No specialty needed.

Statement of InterestDue Friday, Dec 18, 2020 Information Session 1: December 9, 10 a.m. Information Session 2: December 10, 3 p.m.

Funding is available for faculty to engage students in addressing real-world resilience challenges in Sonoma County during the Spring 2021 semester. The research to be conducted focuses on three questions surrounding the intersection of water and

homelessness. Faculty are not expected to be experts on this topic. Regional leaders have agreed to serve as consulting experts for faculty-student project teams.

1. ($10K) Mapping Study. Develop a map of locations preferred by people

experiencing homelessness, and use the map to determine where to best deploy trash receptacles and toilets. Some observations are available online, and some will need to be

obtained from partnering organizations and verified. The mapping software chosen will need to allow managers to overlay datasets and items of interest.More informationhere.

2. ($10K) Case Studies. Use case studies to identify the legal and political barriers to providing toilets to people experiencing homelessness. Potential case studies are

available.More informationhere.

3. ($10K) Agency Alignment Assessment and Knowledge Map. Identify how organizations and agencies are engaging with homeless populations in Sonoma County. Conduct interviews and summarize results in ways (e.g. knowledge mapping) that

identify intersections and gaps in addressing homeless and water quality issues. Draft lists of information to be collected is available. More informationhere.


Next Steps

Jan: Choose faculty-student research teams

Feb: Research proposals due

May 8: Student research panel May 26: Results & Implementation workshop


Next Steps

Share Results

• CASQA Presentation (Luke & Rodgers) – 9/15/20

• Board presentations

• News releases

• Regional resilience planning


Questions / Thoughts?

Claudia Luke,


Water Quality &

Homelessness Myths

Myth #1: Homelessness is increasing in Sonoma County.

35% reduction in homeless population between 2011 and 2019; yet increasing near waterways

Myth #2: People experiencing homelessness aren’t interested in housing

89% would accept housing if offered; 68% cannot afford rent

Most of the homeless are from out of area


F. Guest Presentation

Annual Dialogue

with Matt St. John, Executive Officer, North

Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board


G. Board of Directors




2021/2022 Work Plan


• Timeline for development and adoption

− September 8: TWG kick-off

− September 24: BOD overview

− October 13: TWG develop project list

− November 10: TWG review project list

− December 8: TWG review draft budget

December 17

: BOD review draft scope

& approval to proceed

January 2021: ED meets with individual

members (optional)

February 9: TWG review final WP



2021/2022 Work Plan


• Structure

− Executive Director Services

− General Benefit



2021/2022 Work Plan


• Work Plan Draft 3 reviewed by TWG

December 8

• RRWA’s annual budget is currently ~13%

lower than current year

• Reduced level of effort for many tasks

• Individual agency budgets vary due to level of

participation in special benefit projects

• Other direct costs account for ~30% of budget

• Work Plan Draft 4 in preparation



2021/2022 Work Plan


Executive Director Services

− Ukiah maintaining $2,000 charge for

administrative agency services

− Proposing 4 BOD meetings and

6 TWG meetings

− Recommended changes from current year:


Reduced BOD and TWG meetings



2021/2022 Work Plan


General Benefit Projects

− Added efforts for radio interviews & PSAs

− Reducing social media efforts

− Smaller RRFL training event

− Added small sign development

− Added Daily Act’s Carbon Gardening

− TWG recommended Streets to Creeks move

to Special Benefits ($45K ODC)

− TWG recommended Regional Fee Incentive

Program move to Special Benefit



2021/2022 Work Plan


Special Benefit Projects

− Placeholders for the following programs

(as needed/requested by TWG)


Co-permittee meeting & project facilitation


Annual LID training


Laguna agencies water quality monitoring

and reporting

− TWG recommended URRWM participation

as Special Benefit - proposed for removal

− Bulk Purchases



Election of 2021 RRWA




Resolution(s) of


• Scheduled for February 2021



Draft 2019/2020

Annual Benefits Summary



Creek Week update

• Storm Water Program Updates


− Creek Week Updates

o 2020 Coastal Cleanup—Sponsorship of $500.00

• Helped to successfully promote, coordinate, and implement the Coastwalk Cleanup Crew, a year long pilot that enables individuals and families to safely perform beach cleanups during the Covid 19 pandemic.

• 65 individuals in the Coastwalk Cleanup Crew —13 are

families with school age children. • Cleanups using Clean Swell App.

o Community Of Geyserville

• 6 participants. The 1/2 truckload collected was weighed and counted with the Clean Team/Riverkeeper totals.

o City Of Santa Rosa

• 21 volunteers that participated in various neighborhood cleanups

• 64 participants in Zoom Bird Webinar



Creek Week update

Previous Creek Week Updates from October • Town of Windsor

− 16 people participated

− Collected ~500 pounds of litter (17 bags)

− Windsor Soroptimist Club, Windsor High School Girls Wrestling Team and 2 resident teams

• Ukiah Valley Community And Creek Cleanup 2020

− 54 people in 24 COVID bubbles cleaned creeks and dry land throughout the upper Russian River Watershed.

− Collected 1260 pounds of litter and recycling.

• Russian Riverkeeper: Healdsburg, Guerneville, Steelhead Beach, And Mark West Creek

− Over 33,000 pounds of trash in the month of September

− Pulled out at least 16 tires, 4 appliances, and lots and lots of single-use food packaging


f. Membership

i. New Board Member packets available


g. Effectiveness Assessment




Low Impact Development

(LID) Training—December 2

• LID Training Outreach

− Boosted 11/25-30

− $30 spent


776 reached


76 engagements,

including 63 shares


1 message received

asking for more information

• Training video and materials




Steelhead Festival ($1,000

sponsorship level)—

Canceled for 2021

• Canceled due to COVID-19 and the Walbridge

Wildfire, which burned a part of the Lake Sonoma

Recreational Area

Staff recommends repurposing sponsorship


compensate RRFL event speaker(s)



Student Video Contest—

May 2021 awards

• High School Video Awards update

− Great news! Awards ceremony will be

hosted in 2021.

− 31 school principals, science chairs, and media teachers were contacted

o Students can choose to individually enter the contest by making a video at home.

− Students who started their videos last year, may submit them this spring

• Deadline for video submissions is Friday, April 9, 2021

• The website reflects all the changes, and the forms are current:

• Most video submissions are submitted using our online upload

form—students are NOT allowed to drop them off at Sonoma Water. • Planning to have the winning videos play on KRCB channel 22—

videos will NOT run in the theater this year. (unless the COVID-19 situation changes)



Safe Medicine Disposal



Next Subcommittee - Operations Group

Meeting—TDB January/February

Update — CPSC grant funded mail-back envelope


11 locations

, representing all member agency areas,

have expressed interest.

4,000 +/- envelopes

will be divided among the qualifying




Our Water Our World


• Two

Nuestra Tierra/Our Earth

radio station interviews

Advertised in English and Spanish

− Recordings will be posted to

• Webinars

− Posted to


m. Russian River-Friendly



Biennial Event, February 2021 —

Rehydrating the

Russian River Watershed



• February 2 from 1:00 pm to 3:30pm • February 3 from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm


Next Subcommittee


• December 29 • January 14



Summary of Board of

Directors Action Items

July 23 Meeting:

− Medicine Disposal

o Provide a website link for envelope locations when it becomes available

o Sign onto CPSC letter SB 212 - Drug Take-Back Program

September 24 Meeting:

− Sonoma Water's Water Education Program - Reach out to school districts and spread the word about the program − Technical Working Group

o RRWA staff to recommend budget saving measures

o TWG comments to Roles & Responsibilities Document (February BOD meeting)

− 21/22 Work Plan Development

o ED to schedule a meeting w/ Neysa (Sebastopol) to discuss Work Plan projects and options

o ED to provide member agencies resources related to wildfire recovery and effects on watershed health


o Keep members updated on cost savings

o Consider adding Sebastopol Hardware to the list of education program locations


a. Summary of October 13,

November 10, and

December 8 TWG meetings

October 13 Meeting

− Guest Presentation – RRFL Program

November 10 Meeting

− Work Plan Draft 1

− OWOW Webinars

− Russian Riverkeeper: RRWA logo on truck

December 8 Meeting

− Work Plan Draft 3


b. Technical Working Group

Roles and Responsibilities





Quarterly meeting December 9

ii. MS4 Permit Fee Reduction Incentive




NBWA collaborations

Potential opportunities

• Presentations/workshops/meetings

• Conference(s)

• Information sharing

• Outreach

• Advocacy

• Training

• Grant funding



Russian River Regional

Monitoring Program (R3MP)


Steering committee meeting January 6


d. NCRP update

2021 Meeting Dates

− January 15th - Ukiah (or remote)

− April 16th - Weaverville

− July 16th - Eureka

− October 15th - Yreka



Legislative updates

a. Support for Sustainable

Groundwater Management

Watershed Coordinator Grant

Program—October 9, 2020


K. Items of Interest

a. Pet Waste Bags delivered!

• Town of Windsor (500)

• City of Santa Rosa (500)

• County of Sonoma (500)


RRFC & City of Ukiah –


L. Public Comment




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