News Worth Noting: Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects, New maps reveal sea floor off San Francisco area, State mandates & desalination factor into San Diego County Water Authority’s rate increase for 2016

Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects:  “At its May 21 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $17.8 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 19 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide the public with access to important natural resources. Several projects will also demonstrate the importance of protecting working landscapes that integrate economic, social and environmental stewardship practices beneficial to the environment, land owners and the local community. The funds for all these projects come from initiatives approved by voters to help preserve and protect California’s natural resources.  … ”  Read more here:  Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects

usgs logoNew maps reveal sea floor off San Francisco area:  “Three new sets of maps detail the offshore bathymetry, habitats, geology and submarine environment of the seafloor off the coast of San Francisco, Drakes Bay, and Tomales Point. Critical for resource managers, the maps are part of the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program, a series of maps published by the U.S. Geological Survey with support from the California Ocean Protection Council, NOAA, and 15 other state and federal partners. The maps are designed to be used by a large stakeholder community and the public to manage and understand California’s vast and valuable marine resources.  “OPC is proud to be a partner in this interagency effort,” said California’s Secretary for Natural Resources and OPC Chair John Laird. “These maps are critical to the state’s innovative approach to coastal resource management. USGS’s products form the foundation for assessing the performance of our Marine Protected Area network and preparing for climate change impacts such as sea-level rise.” … ”  Read more from the USGS here:  New maps reveal sea floor off San Francisco area

san diego county water authority logoState mandates, desalination factor into San Diego County Water Authority’s rate increase for 2016: The San Diego County Water Authority on Thursday announced that it will recommend increasing rates charged to its member agencies by 6.6 percent for untreated water and 5.4 percent for treated water in calendar year 2016. Prudent financial management by the Water Authority has kept the proposed rates near the low end of projections made in 2011, and well below the double-digit increases during the last drought that were driven by steep price hikes from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Next year’s rate proposal is based on higher costs for drought-proof water supplies from the Carlsbad Desalination Project, higher costs from MWD and state-mandated reductions in water use that are expected to lower the Water Authority’s sales. … ”  Read more here:  State mandates, desalination factor into San Diego County Water Authority’s rate increase for 2016

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