News Worth Noting: Wildlife Conservation Board approves Prop 1 water projects; Governor appoints Spencer Kenner chief counsel at DWR, appoints new DPIIC coordinator
Wildlife Conservation Board approves Prop 1 water projects
From the Department of Fish and Wildlife:
The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) has approved the first projects to be awarded funding through the Proposition 1 California Streamflow Enhancement Program (CSFEP). At its Feb. 18 meeting, the WCB unanimously approved 24 staff-recommended projects, for a total cost of $21 million. Located in more than 11 counties, the projects will benefit diverse areas across the state
Funded by the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, the specific purpose of CSFEP is to address environmental challenges as they relate to streamflow. While improving streamflow most immediately benefits aquatic and riparian species, the environmental changes ultimately enrich peripheral plants and animals as well.
“It’s an auspicious day as we award funding for the state’s first-ever streamflow enhancement program,” WCB Chairman and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham said. “Proposition 1 had overwhelming support from California’s voters for these kinds of projects.
WCB expects to solicit the next round of grants during the summer of 2016. In the interim, WCB staff will offer potential applicants a workshop on crafting a successful project proposal
“Based upon the suite of projects the board approved on Feb. 18, I am excited about the future of the CSFEP,” WCB Executive Director John Donnelly said. “I am particularly pleased with the number of quality projects approved during our first round and I am looking forward to working with our partners to improve habitats statewide.”
Project descriptions and funding can be found at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/filehandler.ashx?documentid=116601.
To learn more about the WCB, please visit www.wcb.ca.gov.
Governor Brown announces appointments
From the Office of the Governor:
Spencer Kenner, 54, of Davis, has been appointed chief counsel at the California Department of Water Resources, where he has been assistant chief counsel since 2013 and was acting chief deputy in 2015 and senior staff counsel from 2008 to 2013. Kenner served as commission counsel at the California Water Commission from 2009 to 2011, staff counsel at the California Employment Training Panel from 2006 to 2008 and deputy general counsel at the California State Lottery from 1999 to 2006. He was court counsel at the Yolo County Superior Court from 1999 to 2000, staff attorney at Empower Yolo from 1997 to 1999, deputy district attorney at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in 1996 and senior associate at Downey Brand LLP from 1990 to 1996. Kenner earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $149,364. Spencer is registered without party preference.
Jessica Law, 35, of Sacramento, has been appointed coordinator of the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee. Law has been owner and president at Jessica Law Consulting Inc. since 2013. She was project manager at Katz and Associates in 2013, urban and environmental planner at AECOM from 2010 to 2013 and associate planner at Mintier Harnish from 2007 to 2010. Law was a research assistant at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission from 2006 to 2007 and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Center for Economic Development from 2005 to 2006. She earned a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $110,004. Law is a Democrat.
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