Lake Almanor Watershed Group prepares for 2020

The Lake Almanor Watershed Group (LAWG) held an end-of-year meeting Dec. 11 to address the opportunities that will be available in the spring of 2020.

A few years ago, LAWG was created as a working group under the direction of the Sierra Institute in order to expand their roll from an advisory committee for the Plumas County Board of Supervisors to the Almanor Basin Watershed Advisory Committee.

This new status has allowed the group to take on worthwhile projects benefiting the Almanor watershed.

The Sierra Institute has been a part of LAWG since its origins in the early 2000s, and provides watershed coordination for the group.

As listed on its website, the vision statement says, “LAWG is committed to sustaining a healthy watershed that ensures water quality and riparian and wetland habitat for fish, wildlife, and native plants while recognizing the importance of people’s economic livelihood and quality of life.”

The group continues to pursue its mission to maintain and improve the health of the Lake Almanor watershed by partnering with other local, business and governmental agencies to identify and complete watershed wide improvements.

At the Dec. 11 meeting held at the Best Western-Rose Quartz Inn, interested members of the community, along with representatives from LAWG, the Maidu Consortium and Sierra Institute discussed the planned lakeside demonstration gardens that are scheduled to begin on Maidu properties as the land transfers from PG&E are completed.

These demonstration gardens are designed to be educational sites designed to showcase how a local area should be managed.

It demonstrates what local indigenous fauna is and how it can help control erosion, conserve water and improve water quality, illustrating the best practices for landscaping an area while enhancing habitat.

LAWG welcomes interested business and community members, especially those that live or do business around the lake, to join their efforts to enhance the quality of life around the lake and across the entire Almanor watershed.

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