September 2022 Newsletter

Volunteers Needed — RSVP Now!

Markleeville Creek Day is this Saturday. We need your help to tackle all of the projects we have planned. This year we will be planting willow stakes, building beaver dam analogs, cleaning up the river and highways, and more.
When: Saturday, September 17, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Markleeville Library at 270 Laramie, Markleeville, CA 96120
Please RSVP here for our waiver and to be included in the lunch count.
Bring water and sun protection, and wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes.
Please share our flyer!
For more information, visit or email with any questions.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you to our generous sponsors who are making Creek Day 2022 possible! It's a lot of work to organize our biggest volunteer workday of the year, and we couldn't do it without their financial support.
Thank You River Monitors!
Over the course of 2022, our monitors collected four sets of data along both the East Fork and West Fork of the Carson River, adding to AWG’s 20-year data set. Even in freezing temperatures, high smoke conditions, and after severe thunderstorms, our volunteers were still dedicated to collecting data. We are proud to have such an amazing group of volunteers and couldn’t have done it without you!
If you would like to see the data our River Monitors collect, you can visit our most recent 2020 Water Quality Objectives Report. If you are interested in participating in our River Monitoring Program next year, reach out to

West Fork Carson River Vision Plan Update

Lahontan Water Board staff continue to work with stakeholders and agencies on the development of the Vision Plan for the West Fork Carson River. The Vision Plan is an alternative restoration approach to address Clean Water Act 303(d) listings on the river. In March 2022, AWG held a Vision Project Stakeholder Forum on Ranching for Improved Water Quality. Recordings from the March forum, as well as all the previous Vision Project stakeholder forums, are available on the AWG webpage. Lahontan staff plan to follow up on the March forum with additional meetings and/or a field tour in the near future. Stay tuned for an announcement on how to participate.
Due to the complexity of the project and staffing turnover, the projected date for completion of the Vision Plan has been extended. Lahontan Water Board staff plan to release a draft Vision Plan for public review in spring 2023 and then bring a revised draft before the Lahontan Water Board at a Board Meeting in summer 2023.
If you have any questions, please contact Danny McClure with the Lahontan Water Board.

All Things Watersheds

  • Carson Water Subconservancy District (CWSD) continues their Watershed Moment Series. Learn more on CWSD's website.
  • University of Nevada, Reno Extension in partnership with CWSD is hosting a low-cost workshop on "Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture for the Carson River Watershed" in Fallon, NV, on Friday, September 30. Click here to see the agenda and register.
  • Eastern Sierra Council of Governments has two more free virtual sessions in their seven-part Citizen's Wildfire Education Academy, and the recordings of all previous sessions are available. While some details may be specific to Inyo and Mono counties, there is information on how to prepare for wildfires that is pertinent to our watershed community. Check out the series here.
  • You can find the September Alpine Biomass Collaborative (ABC) meeting summary here, including the recording of Dr. Malcolm North's presentation on "Operational Resilience in Western US Frequent-fire Forests."

Upcoming AWG Events

Markleeville Creek Day — Saturday, September 17

AWG depends on donations to help support our monitoring and restoration programs, like sampling for harmful algal blooms and hosting Markleeville Creek Day.
Please make a mid-year donation today!

Ways to Connect or Help

We always love to hear from our watershed community! Below are email links to reach AWG's staff, or reach us at AWG's office at (530) 694-2327. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Kimra McAfee, Executive Director
Rachel Kieffer, Watershed Coordinator
Sierra Riker, Monitoring & Outreach Specialist
, Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP)

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