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About SARSAS

SARSAS is trying to do with one stream, the Auburn Ravine, what must be done to all streams and rivers on the entire West Coast and that is to make the entire length of the ravine navigable for Anadromous Fish.

The health and well-being of Salmon is directly linked to that of people. If we improve the health and well-being of Salmon, we improve the health and well-being of mankind and therefore ourselves.

Salmon are as resilient and adaptive as humans; when they can no longer adapt, neither can mankind. They need our help….NOW.

Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead (SARSAS, Inc.)  is a 501C3, tax exempt, public benefit corporation with EIN 80-0291680 All donations to SARSAS are tax deductible for the donor.

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Hemphill Dam is a major barrier for salmon


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Otis Wollan Alternatives to Centennial Dam

September 25, 2017

Otis Wollan has worked for over 25 years as a facilitator, mediator, and trainer in interest based negotiations, organizational effectiveness, and participatory processes.

He facilitated the SacramentoRiver Watershed Program’s Monitoring Committee and OP Pesticide Focus Group, UFSF San Bernardino Mt. Summit on Fire Ecosystem Management, Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s deregulation stakeholder outreach, EPA and California Department of Health Service’s Surface Water Assessment Program, and Santa Clara Valley Water District’s salmon and steelhead restoration project named Fisheries and Habitat Collaboration Effort (FAHCE). He served as the first Coordinator for the American River Watershed Group, and the first coordinator of the Placer County Fire Safe Alliance. He served as Project Manager for the Prop. 13 grant Colfax Community Watershed Health and Fire Safe Ecosystem Project (20032006, www.arwi.us/fire ) and was Project Manager for an EPA grant Sierra Nevada Watershed Climate Change Yield Calculator (20022005, www.arwi.us/climate ).

Otis Wollan served for five terms from 1987 to 2008 as elected Director of the Placer County Water Agency, He served for three years on the Board of Directors for the Placer Dispute Resolution Service.

He is President of the American River Watershed Institute, and serves as the project manager for the Bear River Awakening project which includes www.SaveBearRiver.com . He served as President and Executive Director of the Climate Neutral Network (19992006). He is Treasurer of the Sierra Vista Center, Inc., and served five years on the Board of Mt. Stream Meditation Center.

Otis is a certified Qigong instructor through the ChiCenter, and teaches mindfulness meditation.

Otis is Executive Director of Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform, where he initiated and coordinated the California Assembly Process which has held major statewide stakeholder assemblies on groundwater and CALFED institutional issues, and workshops on desalination and environmental justice; he edited The Power Journal of California Water . POWER sponsored the California Water Policy Conference through its first 20 years. www.cawaterpolicy.org . www.cawaterpolicy.us . Otis served in 2006 as Vice Convenor and in 2007 as Convenor of the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC).

From 1988 to 1993, Otis was the Executive Director of the Committee for Sustainable Agriculture, a not for profit organization dedicated to the development of sustainable agriculture in California. Projects included the Ecological Farming Conference, the publication of a quarterly journal, and a national media event, Organically Grown Week. Earlier projects include: author and publisher of several books on sustainable home design, design and construction of a 65acre community project with integrated passive solar housing and commercial space, design and construction of energy efficient, solar homes. Otis attended Stanford University 196771. Otis lives with his wife at 2000 feet elevation in the Sierra Nevada Bear River Watershed, and is recently completed construction of a new active and passive solar, super insulated, energy efficient and fire safe home on their 18 acres