| The mission of the Topanga Watershed Committee
is to refine and develop a consensus based, voluntary watershed management
plan which effectively minimizes negative impacts to the watershed. The
Watershed Committee represents all stakeholders in the watershed and is
open to all interested citizens. Organized according to a Coordinated
Resource Management Plan (CRMP), all participants have an equal voice
in the process and decisions are made by consensus. The Draft Topanga
Creek Watershed Management Plan (April 1996) provides a useful framework
for the Watershed Committee. The Plan provides voluntary impmentation
guidelines for property owners that will not only protect their property
from flood or other hazards, but also protect the integrity of the watershed
and its many endangered species.
Topanga Creek is the third largest drainage into the Santa Monica Bay, and retains the greatest biodiversity. We have not yet lost our creek, and the goal of the Committee is to see that not only is it protected, but also enhanced so that it could once again support endangered steelhead trout and other important aquatic residents of the canyon.
We greatly appreciate any help that you can provide to either acquire important information or help spread the word throughout the community about the importance of living softly in our watershed. Volunteers are always welcome!