Delta Conservancy Board Advances 14 Concept Proposals to the Next Round
On Wednesday, January 27th, the Delta Conservancy’s Board approved asking 14 Concept Proposals to submit full proposals for the Conservancy’s Prop. 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program. The Conservancy received 24 Concept Proposals; 14 of those were recommended by staff. To view the Concept Proposals that have been approved to submit full proposals, click on the link below. The Conservancy will provide comments for all 24 Concept Proposals. These letters will be sent to applicants during the first week of February. Instructions for submitting full proposals will be posted to the Grant Program page on the Conservancy’s website during the first week of February. Please contact Laura Jensen at (916) 375-2087 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the Prop. 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program.
Program and Policy Subcommittee – February 17, 2016
The next Program and Policy Subcommittee meeting is scheduled for February 17, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Conservancy’s office in West Sacramento. The meeting will include a discussion of the Proposition 1 Grant Program. The agenda can be found here.
ACR Opens Public Comment Period for Greenhouse Gas Offset Methodologies for Selected California Wetlands
We are pleased to announce that the Carbon Offset Methodology for Wetlands and Rice in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, San Francisco Estuary and Coastal California, submitted to the American Carbon Registry (ACR) for consideration of adoption for the voluntary climate market is now available for public comment. A webinar is scheduled for this Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm to give members of the public an opportunity to learn more about the methodology and provide feedback. Presentations will be made by Dr. Steven Deverel of Hydrofocus, Dr. Patricia Oikawa of UC Berkeley, and Lauren Nichols of ACR. Please REGISTER HERE to join the free ACR webinar. The end of the public comment period is February 12, 2016.
In late 2013, a diverse partnership of agencies, NGO’s and consultants began development of a wetland greenhouse gas (GHG) quantification methodology for California coastal wetlands and managed wetlands and rice cultivation in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The intent was to create an innovative incentive for producers and landowners to financially benefit from reducing emissions. Subsequent to approval by ACR, the methodology would be submitted for consideration by the California Air Resources Board for adoption into the California cap and trade compliance program. We would like to thank our funding partners who have supported the project: the California Coastal Conservancy, the California Department of Water Resources, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District.
Workshops – Revisiting the 2003 Mercury Strategy for the Bay-Delta Ecosystem
Workshop Purpose: To create a shared understanding of the current knowledge of mercury dynamics, critical uncertainties, and associated priorities for research, monitoring, and evaluation to address challenges associated with mercury in the Delta ecosystem. Scientists can use the information presented to identify the most significant research needed to better project mercury dynamics, while local managers, stakeholders, and the public can use this knowledge to guide management decisions addressing mercury mitigation. The workshop will also assess the progress made toward achieving the recommendations outlined in the 2003 Strategy. Please click here for more detailed information on the workshop.
Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Conservancy Newsletter
The Conservancy’s Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Newsletter is now available. The newsletter includes updates on the Conservancy’s habitat restoration, water quality, watershed, and Delta as Place projects.