News Worth Noting: Regional efforts draw attention to mountain watersheds, DSC Vice Chair Isenberg wins award, Toolkit to reduce marine debris

mcwra logoRegional efforts draw attention to mountain watersheds:  “On April 23, Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Director of Resource Development, Andy Fecko, testified before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Federal Lands in a hearing titled, “The Devastating Impacts of Wildland Fires and the Need to Better Manage our Overgrown, Fire Prone National Forests.”  Restoring health to forest and ranglelands requires a balanced approach, and Fecko urged the Committee to consider legislative and regulatory reforms that adequately reflect the urgency of the situation. “Land management in the West is at an important crossroad, and requires bold action by Congress and compromise on the part of many stakeholders,” Fecko said. … ”  Read more from the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association here:  Regional efforts draw attention to mountain watersheds

PhilIsenbergPhoto_touchupVice Chair Phil Isenberg honored with 2015 Grantland Johnson Intergovernmental Cooperation Award:  “The Sacramento American Society for Public Administration presented seven awards to outstanding public servants, educators and non-profit leaders whose remarkable work is making life better for all Americans – at a Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) awards ceremony held in their honor, May 06, 2015.  The 2015 Grantland Johnson Intergovernmental Cooperation Award was made to Phil Isenberg for his 40-year career emphasizing leadership and spanning local, regional, and state government. The award, named for public official and former Sacramento County Supervisor Grantland Johnson, is given to an individual or organization that develops and/or delivers programs and policies between different levels of government resulting in greater alignment and effectiveness. … ”  Continue reading from the American Society for Public Administration here:  Public Servants Receive Honors at Public Service Recognition Week Awards Ceremony

epa-logoEPA, Product Stewardship Group, and University of California launch toolkit to reduce marine debris:  “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Product Stewardship Institute, and the University of California announced the launch of a new Marine Debris Campus Toolkit designed to help college campuses and other institutions cut their plastic waste to help reduce marine debris and coastal pollution. The toolkit, funded by an EPA grant, resulted from a successful two-year pilot project by the Product Stewardship Institute at three coastal University of California campuses: UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UC San Francisco.  “Preventing plastics and other types of trash from becoming marine debris is so important,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “This cool toolkit shows us how to take action in the fight to create trash free streams, lakes and oceans.” … ”  Read more from the EPA here:  EPA, Product Stewardship Group, and University of California launch toolkit to reduce marine debris

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