The Mad River Alliance Conservation Program facilitates open dialogue among diverse interests to protect and restore the Mad River watershed.
A community driven program, informed by the best available science and other relevant information to bring about watershed recovery.
The Mad River is the source of drinking water for approximately 65% of Humboldt County’s population. It also provides habitat for numerous natural communities. The Alliance will focus on efforts to ensure safe, abundant and accessible water for present and future generations of both the human and natural community.
The ability to enjoy recreational access and public parklands in the Mad River watershed is an essential component of quality of life for residents and visitors. Based on community input and landowner willingness, MRA will promote the enhancement of existing parks and the acquisition of new parks and public access points throughout the watershed.
While many actions have been taken to restore areas of the Mad River watershed, there remains a need for further restoration efforts. MRA will work with a variety of stakeholders, and user groups to identify, prioritize and facilitate watershed restoration goals.
Creating a forum for landowners to share ideas about long-term ecological, social and economic sustainability goals is essential to conservation in the overall watershed. MRA will work to create an effective, open and collaborative stewardship process to educate landowners and residents about best management practices and other resources to benefit the community.
Volunteers work to support monitoring and research efforts focused on protecting water quality and the ecological integrity of the watershed. By using this adaptive, co-management research model, it is the goal of the MRA to facilitate hands-on research environment that advances protection and restoration goals, increases public awareness and responds to the needs of the community.