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California Forest Carbon Plan. Provides opportunity for public comment on the State Forest Carbon Plan, which lays out a blueprint for forest management actions in California on all levels of forestland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance carbon storage and sequestration. Agency: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Status: Draft available for public comment, comments due by February 23, 2017. Draft proposal and related documents can be accessed here. RCRC Comments: RCRC is seeking member county input. RCRC Advocates: Staci Heaton email@example.com
Revised Draft Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy. The revised Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Reduction Strategy and relevant Appendices have been released for public review and comments. The SLCP Reduction Strategy addresses black carbon, methane, and hydroflourocarbons (HFC) emissions, and lays out a range of options to reduce SLCP emissions in California, including regulations, incentives, and other market-supporting activities. Agency: Air Resources Board (ARB) Status: The revised SLCP Reduction Strategy and relevant Appendices was released on November 28, 2016, with comments due by January 17, 2017. Three SLCP Strategy workshops were held the week of December 12, 2016. The Revised Draft SLCP Reduction Strategy and Revised Draft Environmental Analysis (Appendix E) will be considered at the March 23 and 24, 2017 ARB monthly meeting. The revised SLCP Reduction Strategy, notice of public workshops, and other related documents can be accessed here. RCRC Comments: Click here RCRC Advocate: Mary Pitto firstname.lastname@example.org and Staci Heaton email@example.com
The 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update. The 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update: The Proposed Strategy for Achieving California’s 2030 Greenhouse Gas Target, builds upon the framework adopted in the initial Scoping Plan and the 2014 Update by establishing recommendations and priorities for the State to achieve its 2030 climate goals. Agency: Air Resources Board (ARB) Status: The 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update was released January 20, 2017, with comments due by March 6, 2017. Two informational hearings have been scheduled for January 27 and February 16/17, 2017 in Sacramento. The 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update will be considered at the April 27 and 28, 2017 ARB monthly meeting. The 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update, hearing schedules and other related documents can be accessed here. RCRC Comments: Click here RCRC Advocate: Staci Heaton firstname.lastname@example.org and Mary Pitto email@example.com
General Plan Safety Element Review and Assessment. The proposed rule establishes a standardized review process for Board of Forestry review of a draft element or a draft amendment to the safety element of a county or a city’s general plan that contains State Responsibility Areas (SRA) or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones. Agency: Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board) Status: The proposed rule was republished December 23, 2016, with comments due by February 7, 2017. The Board anticipates holding a public hearing on March 8, 2017. The proposed rule can be accessed here. RCRC Comments: Staff is seeking input from member counties. RCRC Advocate: Mary Pitto firstname.lastname@example.org
Regulating Suction Dredge Mining to Protect Water Quality. Five public workshops have been scheduled in early 2017 to solicit input on what action should be taken to protect water quality from suction dredge mining in accordance with Senate Bill 637. Agency: State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) Status: Workshops were held in Fresno on January 17, 2017; San Bernardino on January 18, 2017; Orleans on January 24, 2017; Redding on January 25, 2017; and Sacramento on February 6, 2017. The notice can be accessed here. RCRC Comments: Staff is seeking input from member counties. RCRC Advocate: Mary Pitto email@example.com
Draft 2017 Update to the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP). The CVFPP is a long-range plan for improving flood risk management in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river Basins. The plan provides a comprehensive framework for system-wide management and flood risk reduction planning and is required to update every five years. This first update refines the overall near and long-term investment needs established in the CVFPP, and includes recommendations on policies and financing that support comprehensive flood risk management actions locally, regionally, and system-wide. Agency: Department of Water Resources Status: The draft was released on December 30, 2016, with comments due by March 31, 2017. Five public outreach hearings have been scheduled in February and March 2017 throughout the Central Valley. The draft update, draft Supplemental Program EIS, and scheduled workshop details can be accessed here. RCRC Comments: Staff is seeking input from member counties. RCRC Advocate: Mary Pitto firstname.lastname@example.org