Press Contacts

Daniel Mountjoy
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area Resource Conservationist
(831) 754-1595
(831) 753-0508 (fax)
318 Cayuga St., Ste. 206
Salinas, CA 93901
Works with farmers and ranchers to manage their natural resources in a productive, efficient, and sustainable manner. He was trained as a Cultural Ecologist and specializes in communication with Hispanic farming communities.
Katie Siegler
Monterey Bay Sanctuary
Agriculture Plan Coordinator
(831) 647-4219
(831) 647-4250 (fax)
299 Foam St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Coordinates AWQA partnersí activities and tracks progress and success of Agriculture Plan implementation.
Dawn Mathes
Coalition of Central Coast County Farm Bureaus
Program Coordinator
(831) 661-0344
PO Box 1852
Capitola, CA, 95010
Manages the industry led effort to organize farmers and ranchers in six counties into watershed working groups to voluntarily address water quality protection issues.
Melanie Bojanowski
Resource Conservation District
Watershed Coordinator
(831) 424-1036
NRCS 744-A La Guardia St.
Salinas, CA 93905
Coordinates the Central Coast Resource Conservation Districts (RCD) that operate in the six-county area of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary watersheds. She is also the Monterey County RCD's Elkhorn Slough Watershed Coordinator.
Sonya Varea-Hammond
University of California Cooperative Extension
Monterey County Director
(831) 759-7350
1432 Abbott St.
Salinas, CA 93901
Working cooperatively with growers to develop, research, and evaluate management practices for improving the quality of water leaving agricultural land.
Michael Straus
Straus Communications
Office: (415) 777-1170
Cell: (415) 519-8343
Provides support for media inquiries and story research and development as the Communications Consultant to AWQA.