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2017 Blue Circle

Date: Tue. 11 Jul, 2017 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event Registration

Registration Start: Mon. 19 Jun, 2017
Registration End: Tue. 11 Jul, 2017
Capacity: 60 seats

Please join us for the 2017 Blue Circle Gathering and Awards.


Observations from a Career in Conservation
Rich Casale, District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, retired in January 2017 after more than 40 years of conservation work in Santa Cruz County. Rich will reflect on his work and share observations on the past, present and future of land stewardship in our community.


2017 Blue Circle Watershed Champion Awards
Blue Circle Awards are given out every other year in three categories to recognize amazing watershed efforts in the Bay Area.


Silent Auction

Blue Circle is funded with a fun silent auction and donations at each gathering so that food and drink can be provided at no charge. Please bring a silent auction item (nothing fancy) and make sure to bid on items!


What is the Blue Circle?

The Blue Circle was organized by the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District (RCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1996 as a way for local agencies, units of government, special interest groups, and concerned citizens to meet and exchange views on natural resource issues affecting residents living in the County’s watersheds. The RCD believed that traditional approaches to addressing complex watershed issues were not working. In some cases, the RCD found many organizations and agencies at cross purposes with one another and some that were actually duplicating efforts. The Blue Circle concept was designed to help prevent duplication, break down institutional barriers, improve communication, and essentially humanize (and make fun) the process of creating a strong working relationship between all watershed stakeholders, including local agencies and units of government. The Blue Circle recognizes that social values and perspectives are very much apart of watershed stewardship and that is why, along with interesting presentations on a variety of watershed topics, there is a social “mixer”, complete with food, beverage, and a silent auction at every Blue Circle event.

The Blue Circle is not political nor does it endorse, support, or lobby any issue in any form. There are no meeting minutes or summaries, annual or long term plans, or tasks to complete. In addition, all Blue Circle gatherings are held in interesting locations such as: art galleries and museums to help improve attendance and offer a more stimulating atmosphere for more effective interaction and communication.

The motto of the Santa Cruz County Blue Circle is “People Having Fun with Watersheds”

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