How the Escalante River Watershed Partnership Works
ERWP was formed to bring together a diverse group of individuals and agencies for the benefit of the Watershed. ERWP holds full partnership meetings quarterly. All meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome. ERWP uses the best available science, community input and adaptive management. ERWP does not pre-empt, override, or dictate management on any federal, state, or private lands.
Most of the on-the-ground work is planned and implemented through committees. Current ERWP committees include:
Coordinating Committee – Coordinates all efforts between committees, tracks funding, and sets meeting times and agendas.
Riparian Restoration Committee – Works on woody invasive removal, erosion control, follow-up riparian restoration, and monitoring efforts on both public and private lands.
Uplands Restoration Committee – Works on fire management, erosion control, native woody invasive control, and monitoring and maintenance in the uplands of the Escalante River watershed.
Native Fish and Wildlife Committee – Works on habitat monitoring and restoration for native fish and wildlife.
Springs Committee – Works on monitoring and restoration of springs and seeps throughout the watershed.
Stewardship and Community Engagement – Works on volunteer coordination, community engagement, citizen science, and fundraising.
Climate Change Committee – Assesses the science, research needs, and opportunities of ERWP programs with a focus on climate change and its impact on ecosystems.
Committees meet about every other month, based on need of current activities. Yearly work plans are established at the beginning of each year, and proposed to the full partnership for approval before actions take place. Committees are open to the public and anyone can join.