Delta Conservancy July Board Meeting

The next Conservancy Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

NOTICE RE: BOARD MEETING

Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20 Board members, staff, and the public may participate remotely. The public may observe, provide public comment during the public comment periods, and otherwise observe remotely in accordance with the Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act. Questions and public comment can be addressed to contact@deltaconservancy.ca.gov prior to and during the meeting. If you have not used the Zoom teleconference platform before, you will be prompted to download an application. This is quick and there is no cost.

Thank you for your understanding as we adjust our operations to protect public health while continuing our important work.

Click here to view the meeting materials and Zoom meeting link.

Cycle 5 Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program Solicitation Now Open

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Board has approved the Grant Guidelines for Cycle 5 of the Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program, and opened the concept proposal solicitation. Concept proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on August 31, 2021. All files must be submitted electronically via email to: prop1grants@deltaconservancy.ca.gov.

For more information about the grant program and solicitation: http://deltaconservancy.ca.gov/proposition-1-resources/ 

Delta Conveyance Project Environmental Justice Community Survey

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) undertook the “Your Delta, Your Voice” survey to gather input from disadvantaged community members who live or work in the Delta. The survey was available online from September 30 through December 11, 2020. DWR arranged for Ag Innovations to lead survey development and outreach. They were supported by numerous partners and agency staff.

The objective of the survey was to inform DWR through gaining a better understanding of the priorities, values, and needs of Delta’s diverse communities. It also aimed to gather perspectives and information about how community members value, experience, and depend on the region’s cultural, recreational, natural, agricultural, and economic resources in order to identify how the project may impact those resources or potentially bring benefits to Delta communities.

The full Environmental Justice Community Survey Report and Executive Summary are available in additional languages on the Delta Conveyance Project’s Environmental Justice webpage.

Zoom Meeting Tips

  • If you are participating in the Zoom webinar and calling in by phone, please make sure that your phone number and your Zoom webinar are linked. If you logged into Zoom first and used the “Call me” option, the linkage happened automatically. If you called in separately using another option, find the mute button at the bottom of the screen and click once on the arrow just to the right; this will bring up a menu where you can select “switch to phone audio.” You should see a dialog box with a four-digit number. On your phone, press #, the four-digit number, and # again to link your phone audio to your Zoom webinar.
  • Please note, if you are joining by phone only, staff will identify you by the last three digits of your phone number.
  • If you are having technical difficulties with the meeting, please contact cnrait@resources.ca.gov (email link) (preferred) or (916) 653-8486 (if needed).
  • If you would like to make a comment and you are on the Zoom meeting, please use the “Raise Hand” button to raise your hand. If you are participating on your computer, the raise hand button is located at the bottom of the window and also at the bottom of the participant list. You may have to hover your pointer over the Zoom window for the row of options to appear. On the mobile app, “raise hand” is located at the bottom of the screen.
  • If you are on the phone only, please press #2 on your phone once to “raise your hand” and alert us that you would like to speak. If you press #2 on your phone a second time, you will take yourself out of the queue. The host will unmute phone lines one at a time.
  • After the host unmutes your line, you may also need to unmute yourself or your phone.

Notice RE: Office Closure

The Delta Conservancy office is closed due to COVID-19 related directives and orders from state and local agencies to prevent the spread of the virus.  Staff are working remotely. You may email or call staff as usual, but responses to telephone messages may be slightly delayed.  You may also reach us at our general email contact@deltaconservancy.ca.gov and mail telephone (916) 375-2084.

All Californians are encouraged to follow the advice of the California Department of Public Health and local health agencies to prevent the spread of the virus.

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ACR Presents Innovation Award to the Delta Conservancy
(By: American Carbon Registry ) | (April 20, 2017)

The American Carbon Registry presented the Innovation Award to the developers of a landmark methodology for California wetland restoration. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy was honored as the lead agency.

Last night, the American Carbon Registry (ACR), a nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International, hosted its annual gala reception to recognize and thank its members and partners. ACR Director John Kadyszewski welcomed guests, presented highlights from the year and described the awards to be presented, including the individual Climate Leadership award as well as organizational awards based on ACR’s guiding principles of innovation, quality and excellence.

The Innovation award was presented to the developers of a landmark methodology for California wetland restoration. ACR honored the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy as the lead agency, HydroFocus as the lead author and both U.C. Berkeley and Tierra Resources for technical support for the development of the methodology for the Restoration of California Deltaic and Coastal Wetlands. Funding for the methodology was provided by the California Coastal Conservancy, Department of Water Resources, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Metropolitan Water District and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).

In the San Francisco Bay Area, more than 90 percent of historic tidal wetlands disappeared in the last 150 years. Over 2.5 billion cubic meters of organic soils have disappeared since delta islands were first diked and drained for agriculture in the late 1800s, resulting in land subsidence up to 25 feet below sea level. Drained and cultivated organic soils in the delta continue to oxidize, subside and emit an estimated one to two million metric tons of CO2-equivalent annually — equal to annual emissions from over 300,000 passenger vehicles.

“We have been pleased to work with ACR and other partners on this methodology and appreciate the recognition,” said Steve Deverel, president of HydroFocus. “Restoration activities that rebuild subsided lands are critical to long-term ecosystem sustainability, are important to reducing the risk of levy failure and sea level rise, and are a significant source of GHG emissions reductions.”

“State and federal funding remains insufficient to address land subsidence that threatens the California water system, and carbon market revenues could help fill the funding gap,” added Campbell Ingram, executive officer of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy. “The new ACR methodology provides an incentive to landowners in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Suisun Marsh and other historically natural wetland areas in California to convert their most subsided and marginal agricultural lands to wetlands, or to produce wetlands crops such as rice, which will stop land subsidence and reverse it over time.”

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