January 2014: REX completes the Plan – That is, the Upper Sac Region Integrated Regional Water Management Plan on behalf of over 20 stakeholders after over 2 years of meetings and writing. This plan makes our region eligible for state funding for water-related projects. Stakeholder Reaction: That was a lot of work! Hope it pays off… (See November, “Mt. Shasta awarded $4.2 million Sewer & Water Grant” below…)
March 2014: REX lands a $24,000 grant to facilitate another year of collaborating on issues important to the Northern CA watershed). Regional Watershed Management Group (RWMG) members’ reaction: YES! Here we go!
May 2014: Presented “Risks to the Watershed” at The Fly Shop open house in Redding. Attendee Reaction: Great Info!
June 2014: REX Raft & Restore, led by our friends at River Dancers Rafting, pulls truckloads of scotch broom from gravel bars along Klamath River. (The Sac was too low for rafting this year.) Volunteers Reaction: And there’s so much more!!
June 2014: REX presents speakers from Union Pacific RR, CA Office of Spill Prevention & Response, and Siskiyou County Emergency Services in a Rail Safety Forum. Audience Reaction: OMG, I hope it doesn’t happen again, but look at all the tank cars coming through!
July 2014: Gave talk “The Upper Sacramento River – Status and Risks to the Watershed” to 50 attendees at the Granite Bay Flyfishers, Folsom, CA. Audience Reaction: One of our best programs!
August 2014: With top local guides, REX presented a Fly Fishing Clinic to 20 fishing aficionados. Their Reaction: Awesome, let’s go fishing!
September 2014: Five REX volunteers give natural history program to 35 Mt. Shasta grade school students at Castle Lake. Student Reaction: Cool! There are so many kinds of bugs!
October 2014: The annual Great River Cleanup hauls in over 300 pounds of trash. REX donors provide lunch for all, and prizes of magnifying glasses, bird books, bug books, and more. Participant Reaction: Great Day! River Users Reaction: Wow, this river looks better!
November 2014: REX is Fiscal Sponsor for Dunsmuir GIS Day. Over 200 students attend GIS science and technology sessions conducted by our partners at Fire What and Dunsmuir Schools. Adults and COS students pack California Theater for evening talk by National Geographic’s chief cartographer. Audience Reaction: Fantastic programs!
November 2014: City of Mt. Shasta is awarded $4.2 million grant from CA for upgrades of sewer system and drinking water system. It’s the largest grant ever received by the city, and will reduce winter release of treated effluent into the Upper Sacramento River. Eligibility for the grant was made possible by completion of the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (See January, “REX Completes the Plan” above…) by REX and our partners, and by continued participation by the Regional Watershed Management Group with support by REX. Our Reaction: All that work just paid off!
December 2014: REX moves into new office in Cornet Building, and partners with tech business Fire What and Dunsmuir Schools in STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, & Math), a new education effort for K-12. Plan to expand to all of South County and more. Community Reaction: Yes! This is just what our kids need!