Water Resources of Ventura
with Candice Meneghin
Candice Meneghin, CalTrout Conservation Manager, Southern California Region
Candice is a Conservationist bringing a multidisciplinary and international perspective to environmental management and conservation, with several years’ experience managing natural resources including species of special concern, integrated watershed management, environmental law compliance, and protected area management in her native South Africa.
Candice is a member to both the IUCN: Commission on Ecosystem Management: North America and the Caribbean; and, IUCN Mediterranean Type Ecosystem Thematic Group. In 2010, Candice represented the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas Serial World Heritage Site at the Convention of Biological Diversity’s Conference of the Parties 10 in Nagoya, Japan, as part of the International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv.
She has coordinated coalitions and has engaged in agricultural and stewardship extension to ensure landscape scale conservation initiatives such as the City of Cape Town’s Biodiversity Network, Cape Action for People and the Environment Protected Area Expansion Strategy and CapeNature’s Stewardship Program; in particular the Grootwinterhoek Freshwater Corridor. As a Regional Ecological Coordinator Candice supported biodiversity planning and review, managed data effectively, provided ecological decision support, maintained a scientifically sound biodiversity monitoring and evaluation system, facilitated staff development, and promoted biodiversity coordination and networking.
Since immigrating to the USA in 2011, Candice has worked on steelhead restoration and monitoring projects in association with the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains; where she was awarded with the "volunteer of the year" recognition in 2012 by the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts for her contribution to steelhead conservation and restoration. While working with the RCDSMM she completed monthly snorkel surveys of steelhead trout in Topanga and Malibu Creeks, as well as participated in trapping, tagging, and life-cycle monitoring (DIDSON) efforts, as well as the Malibu Lagoon Restoration project.
Since joining CalTrout in 2012, Candice has overseen the Zuma Creek County Beach Arizona Crossing Replacement Design Alternatives Assessment and Santa Clara River Watershed Coalition. Candice has also secured implementation funds for the Harvey Diversion and 12th Street Infiltration Gallery Fish Passage Projects.
The Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition is a Project that is funded by California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s FRGP (i.e., P1150007) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Funding, to develop local watershed groups for South Coast watersheds. The Coalition has yet again been selected to receive generous funds through the FRGP (i.e, P1450008); with further support from corporate sponsorships and private foundation matching funds, to ensure that recovery efforts and momentum continues into 2017.
The mission of the Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition is to restore and protect wild Southern California steelhead and its habitat throughout the Santa Clara River Watershed. To fulfill this mission, the Coalition; which is chaired by California Trout, does the following:
- Empowers local restoration practitioners by facilitating collaboration, coordination and communication among: non-profits; state, federal and local agencies; researchers; restoration contractors; landowners; and other interested stakeholders, in steelhead recovery programs and projects.
- Coordinates work on the ground to improve the timeliness and cost effectiveness of restoration efforts.
- Builds stewardship through education about, and increased public awareness of, threats to steelhead recovery, restoration solutions and conservation practice.
- Obtains funding for the Coalition’s restoration projects and for events and materials that raise community awareness about the Coalition’s conservation efforts.