NEWS WORTH NOTING: Governor Brown announces appointments; CDFW now accepting fisheries habitat restoration project proposals; Public meeting set regarding Marysville Ring Levee 2019 construction; LADWP files lawsuit over Inyo County landfill dispute

Governor Brown announces appointments

From the Office of the Governor:

Jennifer Moffitt, 37, of Davis, has been appointed undersecretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, where she has served as deputy secretary since 2015. Moffitt was managing director at Dixon Ridge Farms from 2005 to 2015. She was an education, outreach and research specialist at the American Farmland Trust from 2004 to 2005, where she was a land projects coordinator from 2002 to 2004. Moffitt is a member of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $170,328. Moffitt is a Democrat.

Amanda Bohl, 42, of Sacramento, has been appointed special assistant for planning and science at the Delta Stewardship Council, where she has served as manager of meeting services and special projects since 2016. She was economic development lead at the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy from 2012 to 2015, program director at the American Land Conservancy from 2006 to 2008 and a program analyst at the Resources Law Group from 2004 to 2006. Bohl was an independent consultant from 2000 to 2004, project director at the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency from 2001 to 2003, project coordinator at the American Lung Association from 1999 to 2001 and an associate consultant in the Office of Assemblymember Diane Martinez from 1997 to 1999. She is a member of the Sacramento Valley Conservancy Board of Trustees. Bohl earned a Master of Science degree in community development from the University of California, Davis. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $107,304. Bohl is a Democrat.

Alina Bokde, 47, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Wildlife Conservation Board. Bokde has been deputy director of the Planning and Development Agency at the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation since 2017. She was executive director at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust from 2010 to 2016, deputy executive director at the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy from 2007 to 2009 and project manager at the Trust for Public Land from 2001 to 2006. Bokde earned a Master of Arts degree in regional community planning from the University of New Mexico. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Bokde is a Democrat.

Fran Pavley, 69, of Agoura Hills, has been appointed to the California Wildlife Conservation Board. Pavley served as a member of the California State Senate from 2008 to 2016 and of the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2006. She was a member of the Agoura Hills City Council from 1982 to 1997. Pavley earned a Master of Arts degree in environmental planning from California State University, Northridge. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Pavley is a Democrat.

Sandra Matsumoto, 43, of Davis, has been appointed to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy. Matsumoto has been associate director for the California Water Program at the Nature Conservancy since 2015, where she was project director from 2004 to 2015. She was project manager at the Los Angeles Community Design Center from 2003 to 2004 and a project analyst at Mintz Levin from 1997 to 1999. She is a member of the Groundwater Resources Association. Matsumoto earned a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Matsumoto is a Democrat.

Dolores Sandoval, 56, of Cupertino, has been reappointed to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, where she has served since 2014. Sandoval has been a mathematics teacher at Los Gatos High School since 1996. She was a mathematics teacher at San Lorenzo Valley Junior High School from 1989 to 1996. She was a member of the Cupertino City Council from 2001 to 2009 and a member of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2001. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Sandoval is a Democrat.

CDFW Now Accepting Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project Proposals

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its Fiscal Year 2018-19 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN). The PSN and online grant application are online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Grants/FRGP/Solicitation. Applications must be submitted online by Friday, March 30, 2018 at 5 p.m.

CDFW will also hold a series of public workshops to assist applicants in understanding the requirements of the PSN. Applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop even if they have submitted proposals in the past. Workshops will be held in Yreka, Fortuna, Fort Bragg, Sacramento, Petaluma, San Luis Obispo, Los Alamitos, Monterey and Camarillo on various dates in February. For details and meeting contact information, please see the PSN Workshop Letter.

The PSN invites restoration projects that meet the funding requirements of the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (focusing on recovery of state-listed salmon and steelhead along the coast and in the Central Valley), the Forest Legacy Program (focusing on the restoration of watersheds affected by historic forest practices), the Commercial Salmon Stamp Program (focusing on projects enhancing the salmon fishery) and the Steelhead Restoration and Report Card Program (focusing on projects enhancing the recreational steelhead fishery). Eligible applicants include public agencies, recognized tribes and qualified nonprofit organizations. Funded projects could include habitat restoration, water conservation, education, monitoring and restoration planning.

While the amount of available funding is not known at this time, in FY 2017-18 the program was able to provide more than $15 million in funding for eligible projects. Funding for FY 2018-19 grants is expected to be awarded to approved projects in early 2019.

For information or questions about the PSN or application process, please contact Tim Chorey, CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Coordinator, at (916) 327-8842.

Public meeting set regarding Marysville Ring Levee 2019 construction

From the Army Corps of Engineers:

A public meeting regarding refined construction plans for Phases 2A South and 2C for the Marysville Ring Levee project will be held Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Yuba County Government Center, located at 915 8th Street in Marysville.

The meeting will explain updates to the project’s Mitigated Negative Declaration (adopted in 2010 with the initial Environmental Assessment/Initial Study). These document updates follow completion of more sections of MRL design plans.

Phases 2A South and 2C are located along the existing levee south of Twin Cities Memorial Bridge, north of the Yuba River, east of the Feather River and west of J Street, 3rd Street and F Street. Construction is anticipated to take place in 2019.

Comments on the Draft Supplemental EA/IS/MND will be accepted until March 18, 2018. Written comments may be submitted to:
David Moldoff
Department of Water Resources
3464 El Camino Avenue Room 150
Sacramento, CA 95821
Email: David.Moldoff@water.ca.gov
Phone: 916-480-5412

The 2010 EA/IS, Draft Supplemental EA/IS/MND are available at the Yuba County Clerk Office located at 915 8th Street, Suite 107, and during regular business hours at the Department of Water Resources, 3464 El Camino Avenue — Room 150 or on the Central Valley Flood Protection Board website www.cvfpb.ca.gov under Public Notices.

The Marysville Ring Levee is a joint project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Central Valley Flood Protection Board and Marysville Levee District.

Statement by LADWP General Manager David H. Wright Regarding Inyo County’s Refusal to Extend Deadline and Attempt to Condemn City of LA Property

From the LA DWP:

Faced with no other choice due to Inyo County’s refusal to extend a legal deadline, LADWP filed a lawsuit on Friday, February 9th, alleging that Inyo County violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by taking actions to attempt to obtain property and water rights owned by the City of Los Angeles at three County-operated landfills without first conducting the necessary environmental review. LADWP filed its lawsuit because the period of time under California law to formally object to Inyo’s action was expiring and the County had refused to extend the legal deadline by mutual agreement, a process called “tolling”. LADWP’s legal action was known in advance by Inyo County and understood by both parties as necessary to preserve the City’s rights, should the parties fail to reach a resolution through negotiations that have taken place over several months.

In August, 2017, Los Angeles had asked Inyo County to delay condemnation proceedings for the three properties in the Owens River watershed owned by LADWP and operated by the County as landfills, in order to properly negotiate a land sale. LADWP offered to continue providing water to Inyo County to operate the landfills, while retaining the City of Los Angeles’ water rights associated with the land. Under these terms, Inyo County could continue to operate the landfills, and LADWP would be able to ensure proper protection of local groundwater and the watershed.

On Wednesday February 14, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors initiated legal proceedings to condemn the properties despite Los Angeles’ willingness to sell the land to the County at a fair market price and provide a permanent source of water sufficient in sufficient quantity to operate the landfills. This action is unnecessary, disappointing, and we believe violates CEQA and the Long Term Water Agreement, which both Inyo County and LADWP agreed to abide by.

As the landowner, LADWP has had concerns regarding the management of the landfills, which are unlined, fail to meet current regulatory standards, and can negatively impact the watershed. Since 1993, regulators have cited Inyo County for over 2,500 violations for its poor landfill operations. Inyo County’s violations have included serious violations related to groundwater contamination and explosive gas, as well as violations relating to its failure to comply with its permits and litter blowing onto adjacent land.  To help address these issues, lease terms for the landfill were written to protect the land and the watershed. Though Inyo County agreed to those terms, it now seeks to take control of the properties through condemnation and without proper environmental review and oversight.

LADWP maintains that the landfills must be operated with the appropriate measures to protect the land and the safety of the watershed. We will continue to protect the water and City’s water rights regardless of the ownership of the land. As such, we intend to contest Inyo’s County’s hostile taking of the property to ensure proper appraisal of the land, and safeguard environmental and water protections through appropriate environmental review.

As a long term solution, LADWP continues to urge Inyo County to consider the mutually beneficial solution of building a modern landfill that meets all current standards outside of the Owens River watershed. This will ensure that Inyo County has a well-operated waste disposal site, while continuing to safeguard public health, safety, and the environment.

 

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