The UC Davis Putah-Cache Bioregion Project is an integrated interdisciplinary suite of research and educational activities in the Putah and Cache Creek watersheds, the "home region" of UC Davis. The overall goal is to develop foundations for community planning, resource
management, and partnerships in the watershed. The project involves faculty, students, and staff from diverse departments and connects with community, organizational, and public groups in the region.
Major objectives are to:
The bioregion project is offering regular courses. A bioregion seminar took place in fall and winter of '97-'98. Fall seminar speakers were local experts and community representatives from the upper Putah watershed; spring seminar speakers were nationally and internationally known innovators in the bioregional movement.
Current bioregion classes include a graduate seminar on the bioregional hypothesis, a bioregional adjunct writing course, and an outreach internship in bioregional education.
- Conduct long-term ecological monitoring of the aquatic and riparian ecosystems of lower Putah Creek. Baseline data is being collected at other points in the Putah Creek watershed, as well as along Willow Slough and Cache Creek. People's use of the creek is also monitored to gain insight into the intersection of natural and cultural values.
Go to more on biomonitoring.
- Assess how Putah and Cache Creeks contribute to a sense of place and community. Regional art and literature is being studied and produced, and a collective "cognitive map" will be drawn of what people consider to be their home region. Eventually a guidebook to the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the region will be developed.
Go to more on art and literature.
- Map "sacred places" and other highly valued areas of the region.
- Develop a GIS-oriented database of the region in ArcInfo. Some information is already available.
Go to our sample maps.
- Contribute to regional policy and planning and to community discourse and education. Contacts are being made and strengthened between the University and watershed stakeholders' groups. The University and regional educators have formed the Regional Educational Alliance and are developing a Watershed Education Project for the bioregion.
Go to a list of our partners.
Go to more on education.
Go to more on current classes.