Delta Conservancy Board Advances 8 Projects Requesting $5.9 Million for Ecosystem Restoration in the Delta
The Delta Conservancy’s Board of Directors has voted to approve, conditionally approve, or reserve $5.9 million in grant funding for 8 projects in the Delta. The Conservancy’s Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program administers Prop 1 funding for projects that advance ecosystem restoration, water quality, and agricultural sustainability in the Delta. The projects advanced this year 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. More information about the projects can be found here.
The Conservancy is Hiring
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, a lead State agency for ecosystem restoration and economic development in the Delta, is seeking a professional and dynamic Deputy Executive Officer (Environmental Program Manager II) to assist the Executive Officer in the continuous development and management of successful Programs of the Department. The Deputy Executive Officer should possess excellent leadership skills with a scientific and administrative background and strong strategic management and communication skills. If you are a motivated and enthusiastic professional and would like to join our team, please send your cover letter, resume, and state application to Jessica O’Connor, Staff Services Manager I, 1450 Halyard Drive, Suite 6, West Sacramento, CA 95691. More details can be found here.
Final Filing Date: June 2, 2016
Workshops – Revisiting the 2003 Mercury Strategy for the Bay-Delta Ecosystem
In January of 2016, a three-day workshop was held titled: Revisiting the 2003 Mercury Strategy for the Bay-Delta Ecosystem. More than 85 scientists, policy experts, and managers attended each of the three days of the workshop. The mission of the workshop was 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. Video recordings of the workshop can be found here.
An upcoming Synthesis workshop will be held on June 2, 2016 from 8:30 – 4:45 at Park Tower Plaza, 980 Ninth St, 2nd Floor Conference Room in Downtown Sacramento.
Please click here for more detailed information on the workshop and to register online (space is limited)
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.
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.