November 11, 2021
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
General Meeting 
Thursday, November 11th, 2021
Speaker : Michael Vasey, Ph.D

Monterey Coastal Marshes

The coastal marshes surrounding Monterey Bay once covered thousands of acres in a rich mosaic of fresh, brackish, and salt marsh habitats. These marshes provided numerous ecosystem services to a vibrant community of species that occupy some combination of marine, estuarine, and terrestrial environments. This talk will focus on coastal marsh plants which link vital bio-geo-physical processes with vegetation structures and functions that yield key habitat for marsh wildlife. Coastal marsh plants are surprisingly easy to get to know if you don’t mind getting muddy. We will focus on new restoration and recovery initiatives underway in northern Monterey. We’ll also touch on some lessons learned from the San Francisco Estuary which faces similar challenges to coastal marshes in northern Monterey.

Michael Vasey, PhD, is the former Manager of the SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve), a sister Reserve to the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Mike got his PhD at UC Santa Cruz and has long focused on tidal wetland vegetation ecology in the SF Estuary. He is also a long term admirer of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve program. He is currently on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Wetland Regional Monitoring Program in San Francisco Bay.

LOCATION: Due to ongoing pandemic concerns, our general meetings and programs will take place at 7:30 p.m. via the following Zoom Invite Link:

Angel Project Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

The Carmel Valley Angel Project is the result of several large-hearted people seeing a need in the community and deciding to do something about it. The Angel Project started as a free holiday store to provide toys, books, jackets, sleeping bags, blankets, school supplies, food and more for families in our community who didn’t have the resources to have a bountiful Christmas, and expanded to include a well-attended and much-anticipated Community Thanksgiving Dinner open to all.

The FREE CV Angel Project Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner is offered yearly for Carmel Valley people who want to enjoy a traditional turkey meal. It will be a huge help if we have an idea of how many meals to prepare. To reserve a meal, call 831-659-5639 and leave a message by November 17th.

You will be called back and assigned a convenient time frame in which to pick up your meal, between noon and 3 pm. 

The traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings will be safely prepared by the Carmel Valley Kiwanis for your convenient reheating. Pick-up will be at the Community Youth Center Hall, 25 Ford Road.

A donation bucket will be available for welcome contributions from those who are able to help out with costs.

Date and Time
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
At your assigned time (between noon and 3 pm)

Carmel Valley Community Youth Center
25 Ford Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
From Carmel Valley resident David Dally:

The Monterey Peninsula College String Ensemble, directed by David Dally, will perform a concert on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, 501 El Dorado Street, Monterey.

The program will feature Eun Ha Chung, organist, performing the Bruckner “Prelude and Fugue in D Minor” and the Respighi “Suite in G Major” with the 24-piece MPC String Ensemble. The orchestra will also perform the Arthur Foote “Suite in E Major.”

Tickets at the door only. Masks Required
$10 Admission, $5 Students.
Community Fund for Carmel Valley Grants

Founded in 2020, the Community Fund for Carmel Valley (CFCV) is an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

The CFCV provides grants to organizations that benefit the communities of the Carmel Valley/Cachagua area which is defined as Highway One to Cahoon Grade.


Grants will be considered for projects and programs serving Carmel Valley and Cachagua communities.

  • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
  • Public programs (schools, parks, public health, etc.)
  • Church-sponsored activities with benefit beyond their own membership
  • Organizations and collaboratives that are not legally incorporated—for these, CFMC requires an agreement with a “Fiscal Sponsor” defined as a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization accountable for financial management of the grant.
  • Organization may only submit one application. However, if an organization is serving as a fiscal sponsor for a collaborative or unincorporated group, they can also apply for a grant to benefit their organization.

Embodiology Workshop

December 12-17 | Hidden Valley Music Seminars

During this one-week Embodiology Immersion workshop, participants will exponentially increase their capacity to innovate, whilst enhancing their wellbeing, vitality and empathy. Fostering innovation regardless of your field of expertise, this experience is suitable for all walks of life, and is recommended for dancers, actors, musicians, teachers, and anyone seeking connection, joy, and wellbeing. The experience serves as a PREREQUISITE for Embodiology®’s Teacher Training. 
Embodiology® praxis involves meditation, cognitive and sensory investigation, reflective journaling, and movement practice. The experience will engage exercises and tasks that use African and diasporic principles of dynamic rhythm, fractal code, inner sensing and balance, as well as mindfulness practices focusing on the relationship between breath and rhythm.
Embodiology® is a product of action research in Ghana, mainly from an Anlo-Ewe community, and uses specific principles from indigenous performance methodologies to shape an optimizing mind-body practice. In respect to drawing upon their indigenous knowledge, resources are returned to their community each time Embodiology® principles are shared in full or in part.
  • Age 16+
  • Desire to adapt, create, connect, and contribute
  • Proof of vaccination
For more information and to register, click the button below.
November 15 @ 5:00pm PST
All registered participants are eligible and welcome to apply for financial aid. Instructions are outlined on the Embodiology® Immersion webpage. 

Update from Supervisor Mary Adams' Office on the Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement Project (CRFREE):

CRFREE Project and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan was approved by the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors June 15, 2021. This begins a two-year pre-construction and permitting phase.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has initiated its analysis of the Project as part of its consideration of the $22.9 million grant funds proposed for the CRFREE project, inclusive of funding for Carmel Area Wastewater District’s project to underground its force main and sewer outfall pipes spanning the south arm of the Lagoon.

Construction and permitting is in progress. The current implementation schedule anticipates construction to begin in early 2023. Construction will last approximately twelve to eighteen months. The Project will work with Caltrans, community members, event organizers and other stakeholders to minimize impacts or disruptions along Highway One during construction.

The Big Sur Land Trust and the County are working with consultants to initiate environmental permitting that kicked off with Project approval in June.

Grant funding of approximately $42 million will be needed. Approximately $11 million in grant funds have been awarded, with a further $30 million applied for and pending.

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Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association
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CVA was instrumental in the adoption of the Carmel Valley Master Plan and recently settled a lawsuit with Monterey County regarding traffic measurement and capping future development on very favorable terms for our valley. Our volunteer experts represent Carmel Valley's interest, testifying before governmental bodies concerning development, water, traffic, road signs, and other quality of life issues.

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Douglas Steakley