Drought - Fire - Flood Email Forum

Re: Wrap-up

Kathryn Mutz (
Tue, 31 Oct 2000 15:12:04 -0700

I agree on keeping the list alive for the reasons Len mentioned-- unless it is a
lot of trouble or expensive -- in which case those who want could share email
addresses for future correspondence on similar issues.


Len Wright wrote:

> I for one would vote for keeping the list alive. Though it likely go
> dormant for long periods, I bet every wet spring and every dry summer there
> would be interest in getting a discussion going. Plus its a great way to
> disseminate information. -Len
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of MM
> Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 8:59 AM
> To:
> Subject: Wrap-up
> Today (Tuesday Oct. 31) is the last scheduled day for the online
> discussion on Drought, Fire and Flood and I'd very much like to thank
> everyone who has been a part of this experiment in communicating about
> these important topics.
> I know that Michael Caplan will be asking all of you for feedback on the
> discussion later today, but I wanted to pass on an idea that has emerged
> in a side conversation I've had with one of our participants. Because
> these issues of drought, fires and floods are complex, sometimes
> technical in nature, it is often difficult for the public to be able to
> understand some of the language and issues, and also to see how these
> issues impact their lives and communities. There is a need for greater
> literacy for the general public in all these areas. Developing a primer
> to help ordinary citizens and students in school understand the
> essential issues may be one way of helping bridge this gap.
> The BASIN program has sought to develop resources for watershed
> literacy, and the website is something of a primer for the Boulder Creek
> Watershed in particular and watersheds in general. For this forum we've
> pulled together a variety of online resources on the topics of drought,
> wildfires and floods, but we haven't really developed a formal primer on
> these topics. Do any of you have thoughts on the merit of such a
> primer? Are there additional resources that we could link to that we
> haven't covered? Are there already primers for the general public in
> any of the topic areas we've been focusing on?
> On another note, is there any interest in continuing this list serve on
> an informal basis to share any additional thoughts or resources? I'm
> sure most of you get plenty of emails everyday, but if there isn't too
> much traffic on this list perhaps some of you might like to continue to
> use it as a communications resource.
> Again, thank you for being part of this online forum.
> Mark McCaffrey
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