Small groups found their own areas (such as this hallway) away from the sounds of each other groups in the Watsonville Civic Plaza (that is closed Fridays to normal operation) during the Americaâs Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO) Monterey Bay Pilot Area Focus Session in the City of Watsonville, CA, on Friday, June 17, 2011. Federal and state resource management agencies came together to identify partnership opportunities and determine actions for protection and enhancement of water quality and publicize voluntary stewardship in the watersheds that drain into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This area includes the counties of San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Key questions identified existing multi-county or multi land use partnerships; what is not being done; possible partnerships - collective resources to maximize the benefits to natural resources and communities; and additional resources that organizations can bring to maximize AGO. President Barack Obama signed the initiative on April 16, 2010 to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung
May 7, 2014
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