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Meeting Details and Materials for the December 15 Meeting of the Campbell Creek PPWG
- Detailed meeting information and agenda, including webcasting information, are available HERE.
- Forest Planning Watershed Pilot Projects Concept Paper Implementation Draft is available HERE.
- Membership listing for the PPWG is available HERE.
- Membership for the Pilot Project Interagency Implementation Team (PPIIT) is HERE.
Samuel Chiu, (916) 651-7585
Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program for 2015/16 Now Open
Applications due Tuesday, July 12, 2016
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Applications are currently being accepted for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEM) 2015/16 grant cycle. The program offers grants to local, state, and federal governmental agencies as well as nonprofit organizations for projects to mitigate environmental impacts caused by new or modified state transportation facilities. Grants are generally limited to $500,000 for development projects and up to $1,000,000 for acquisition projects. The EEM guidelines, application and forms can be found at http://resources.ca.gov/bonds_and_grants/eemp/. Applications for the 2015/16 grant cycle must be postmarked by Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
Grants are given in three categories:
- Urban Forestry – Projects designed to offset vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide.
- Resource Lands – Projects for the acquisition or enhancement of resource lands to mitigate the loss of, or the detriment to, resource lands lying within or near the right-of-way acquired for the transportation improvements.
- Mitigation Projects Beyond the Scope of the Lead Agency – Projects responsible for assessing the environmental impact of the proposed transportation improvement.
The Natural Resources Agency will submit a list of recommended projects to the California Transportation Commission for funding consideration in February 2017. It is anticipated that the Transportation Commission will give approval for projects in March 2017.
Hardcopies of the application are available from the Natural Resources Agency, 1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311, Sacramento, CA 95814, or by contacting the EEM Coordinator at (916) 653-2812 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn about the actions the state has taken to manage our water systems and cope with the drought’s impacts, visit Drought.CA.Gov. Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at SaveOurWater.com.
Nancy Vogel, California Natural Resources Agency
Secretary Laird Appoints Members to Help Draft Revitalization Plan for the Lower Los Angeles River
April 5, 2016
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird announced 37 appointments to the new Lower Los Angeles River Working Group, which was created by recent legislation to develop a revitalization plan for the Lower Los Angeles River and its tributaries.
“We’ve got an opportunity to reimagine a concrete channel that runs through California’s biggest urban center and bring parks, greenery, and wildlife to communities starved of such amenities,” said Secretary Laird. “I am excited to make appointments that reflect the community participation and technical expertise needed to deliver a revitalization plan for the Lower Los Angeles River.”
The Los Angeles River flows about 51 miles from its source near Canoga Park to its mouth in Long Beach. The Lower section of the river stretches 19.6 miles from the northern city limit of Vernon and flows within one mile of 14 other cities and 4 unincorporated communities before emptying into San Pedro Bay.
Starting in the 1930s, most of the river was lined with concrete to prevent flooding. Efforts to restore stretches of the river have gained momentum since the 1990s. To date, the State has invested nearly $240 million in bond funds for projects on the Upper and Lower River. In 2014, voters statewide approved a new water bond that includes $100 million for the Los Angeles River.
Last fall, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. enacted AB 530 by now-Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), which authorized the Secretary for Natural Resources, in coordination with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, to appoint a local working group to develop a revitalization plan for the Lower Los Angeles River that is consistent with, enhances, and is incorporated into the County of Los Angeles’s Master Plan for the entire Los Angeles River. The Lower Los Angeles River working group will begin meeting in April and will be led by the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.
Under this new law, Secretary Laird announced the following appointments to the Lower Los Angeles River Working Group:
|Businesses, Chamber of Commerce||Efren Martinez|
|City of Bell||Councilmember Ali Saleh|
|City of Bell Gardens||Councilmember Pedro Aceituno|
|City of Cudahy||Councilmember Baru Sanchez|
|City of Downey||Councilmember Sean Ashton|
|City of Huntington Park||Mayor Graciela Ortiz|
|City of Long Beach||Councilmember Al Austin|
|City of Los Angeles||Carol Armstrong|
|City of Lynwood||Councilmember Aide Castro|
|City of Maywood||Councilmember Eduardo De La Riva|
|City of Paramount||Councilmember Gene Daniels|
|City of South Gate||Mayor Jorge Morales|
|City of Vernon||Alex Kung|
|Conservation Corps of Long Beach||Dan Knapp|
|Council for Watershed Health||Chris Solek|
|East Yards Communities||Mark Lopez|
|Friends of the LA River||William Preston Bowling|
|From Lot to Spot||Viviana Franco|
|Gateway Cities Council of Governments||Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia|
|Gateway Water Management Authority||Christopher Cash|
|Heal the Bay||James Alamillo|
|Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition||Tamika Butler|
|Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust||Alina Bokde|
|Los Angeles Conservation Corps||Dore Burry|
|LA County, Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis, 1st District||Teresa Villegas|
|LA County, Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District||Karly Katona|
|LA County, Office of Supervisor Don Knabe, 4th District||Julie Moore|
|Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board||Irma Muñoz|
|Prevention Institute||Manal Aboelata|
|Public Counsel||Christina Giorgio|
|Rio Los Angeles||Maria Camacho|
|Office of the Speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon, AD 63||Raul Alvarez|
|The Nature Conservancy||Jill Sourial|
|Trust for Public Land||Tori Kjer|
|Trails for All||Jim Meyer|
|Urban Waters Federal Partnership||Pauline Louie|
|Watershed Conservation Authority||Debbie Enos|
|Watts Reimagined||Frank O’Brien|
|Water Replenishment District||Willard H. Murray|
- State Agencies Seek Input for Water Resilience Portfolio
- State Withdraws WaterFix Approvals, Initiates Planning and Permitting for a Smaller Single Tunnel
- State Senate Confirms Wade Crowfoot as California Secretary for Natural Resources
- Natural Resources Agency and Department of Conservation Announce Awards for the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program
- Voluntary Agreement Progressing to Improve Habitat and Flow
- State Agencies Track Five Years of Progress on California Water Action Plan
- California, Oregon Herald Significant Step toward Klamath River Restoration
- California, Washington and British Columbia Join Forces on Forest Health and Climate Change
- Ocean Protection Council Seeks Proposals to Increase Marine Life in Areas Affected by Once-Through Cooling Technology
- Natural Resources Agency Announces Awards for the Urban Greening Grant Program
- California Approves Ocean Acidification Action Plan
- Blue Ribbon Committee on Restoring Clear Lake to Hold Inaugural Meeting on October 10 in Lake County
- Secretary Laird, Commissioner Franz Unite To Take Forest Health And Climate Change Work Beyond State Borders