News Worth Noting: Delta Conservancy Board advances 8 projects requesting $5.9M for ecosystem restoration in the Delta; Agreement signed to protect Mokelumne River watershed; Public listening sessions scheduled for implementing Governor Brown’s executive order

Delta Conservancy Board Advances 8 Projects Requesting $5.9 Million for Ecosystem Restoration in the Delta

From the Delta Conservancy:

Detla Conservancy Logo 2The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Board has approved, conditionally approved, or reserved funding for 8 projects that advance ecosystem restoration, water quality, and agricultural sustainability in the Delta. These projects have requested approximately $5.9 million in grant funding. This is the first award cycle of the Conservancy’s Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality grant program, and Proposition 1 is the first bond funding that the Conservancy has administered since the agency was enacted in 2010.
The projects that are progressing contribute to multibenefit ecosystem protection and restoration by restoring upland, floodplain, and wetland habitat, enhancing habitat on  working lands, acquiring flood and conservation easements, and improving water management to benefit species.
These projects will leverage over $5.1 million in private, State, and federal cost share dollars, amplifying the benefit of bond dollars.
Grant recipients, dollar amounts, and projects moving forward include the following:
1.Yolo Resource Conservation District, $688,195.65, Yolo Bypass Corridors for Flood Escape on the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (conditionally approved)
2. American Rivers, $836,409.00, Three Creeks Parkway Restoration Project (reserved funding)
3. American Rivers, $73,493.00, Lower Marsh Creek and Sand Creek Watershed Riparian Restoration Planning (approved)
4. San Joaquin County RCD, $99,924.00, Paradise Cut Conservation and Flood Management Plan (conditionally approved)
5. San Joaquin County RCD, $2,000,000.00, Paradise Cut Flood and Conservation Easement Acquisition (reserved funding)
6. Ducks Unlimited, $2,000,000.00, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Habitat and Drainage Improvement Project (reserved funding)
7. California Land Stewardship Institute, $89,450.00, Fish Friendly Farming Certification Program for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (approved)
8. Ducks Unlimited, $100,000.00, Sherman Island Wetland Restoration Project, Phase III (conditionally approved)
More information about the projects can be found here: http://deltaconservancy.ca.gov/grant-program. Grants that have been conditionally approved or for which funding has been reserved must secure necessary administrative, legal, or environmental compliance items before a grant can be executed.
Campbell Ingram, the Conservancy’s Executive Officer, notes that this is an important milestone for the Delta, and for the Conservancy. “The Board’s advancement of worthy projects provides a catalyst for locally -led ecosystem restoration in the Delta. Prop 1 fills a funding gap that has existed for years, and is building capacity within the Conservancy and its partners, so that we can continue to promote ecological gains within the Delta,” said Ingram.

Agreement signed to protect Mokelumne River watershed

From Mountain Counties Water Resources Association:

MCWRA logoThe Amador Water Agency, with its partners in the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority (UMRWA), on May 18 signed a 10-year agreement with the U.S. Forest Service that will thin forests to reduce wildfire risk, protect water quality and improve water yield. The agreement was signed by Randy Moore, Pacific Southwest Regional Forester for the U.S. Forest Service and Terry Woodrow, vice chair of UMRWA and Alpine County supervisor.
The deal paves the way for millions of dollars in grants to fund forest restoration and watershed management in Amador, Calaveras and Alpine counties.
Read more from the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association here:  Agreement signed to protect Mokelumne River watershed

Public listening sessions scheduled for implementing Governor Brown’s executive order

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchThe California Department of Water Resources, State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (EO State Agencies) have scheduled three Public Listening Sessions regarding implementation of Executive Order B-37-16 (EO) issued by Governor Brown on May 9, 2016. The first Listening Session will focus on urban (am only) and agricultural (pm only) directives of the EO; the second session on urban directives and the third session on agricultural and rural water shortage contingency planning directives.

Listening Session 1: Urban and agricultural directives
Friday, June 3, Sacramento, CA:
Urban Session 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Agricultural Session 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Department of Water Resources, Auditorium
1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Listening Session 2: Urban directives
Monday, June 6, Los Angeles, CA
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Headquarters Building
Board Room, First Floor
700 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Listening Session 3: Agricultural and rural water shortage contingency planning directives
Tuesday, June 7, Tulare, CA
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Southern California Edison, Energy Education Center
4175 South Laspina Street
Tulare, CA 93274

Meeting materials will be posted no later than 5:00 pm on June 1, 2016 at: http://www.water.ca.gov/calendar/index.cfm?month=6&year=2016.
Please print and bring your own copies of these materials.

The meeting will include an overview from the participating EO State Agencies about the Executive Order including key directives and agency responsibilities. The meeting will then transition to an extensive open comment period by the public. Participants are encouraged to identify key topics and suggestions they would like the EO State Agencies and soon to be formed urban and agricultural stakeholder committees to consider in the coming months during the EO implementation.

More information on the projects and the legislation can be found at the following link:
http://www.water.ca.gov/wateruseefficiency/conservation/

 

 

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