County Drought Advisory Group Webinar
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has organized two webinars for the sixth CDAG stakeholder meeting to discuss and gather input on the Draft Report and Risk Scoring Tool released on April 14, 2020. This will be a 2-day meeting:
- Part 1 for the sixth CDAG meeting will be held on May 27, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon via webinar only. The purpose of this part is to review, clarify, discuss, and receive comments on the drought and water shortage risk scoring and tool. Webinar registration information and further details can be found on the event page here.
- Part 2 of the sixth CDAG meeting will be held on May 28, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon via webinar only. The purpose of this part is to discuss and receive comments on the Draft Report recommendations addressing drought and water shortage contingency planning for small water systems and rural communities. Webinar registration information and further details can be found on the event page here.
Agendas for both webinars will be posted to their respective event pages prior to each meeting.
First Groundwater Sustainability Plans Public Comment Period Ending Soon
Public comments on the first set of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) are due May 15, 2020. The next comment period closes June 3, 2020. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) extended public comment periods for submitted GSPs by 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DWR encourages public review and comment on submitted plans which show how local water agencies plan to manage groundwater basins for long-term sustainability. Comments can be posted and viewed online on the DWR SGMA Portal. Information about how to comment on a plan can be found in fact sheets in English and Spanish. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PG&E Announces Weekly Public Webinars on Wildfire Safety and PSPS Mitigation Efforts
PG&E announced a schedule of public webinars at which it will provide information on local Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) and wildfire safety efforts, including how it will make PSPS events smaller in size and shorter in duration, efforts to install new grid technology and harden electrical infrastructure, and enhanced vegetation management activities.
Webinars will take place on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Webinars have taken place for Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Sonoma, and Napa Counties. Upcoming webinars are scheduled as follows:
- May 13 – Placer, Nevada, and Sierra Counties (sign up here)
- May 20 – Colusa, Yolo, and Solano Counties
- May 27 – El Dorado, Amador, and Calaveras Counties
- June 17 – Mendocino and Lake Counties
- June 24 – Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties
- July 1 – Humboldt, Trinity, and Siskiyou Counties
- July 8 – Glenn, Tehama, and Shasta Counties
- July 15 – Alpine, Tuolumne, and Mariposa Counties
- July 22 – Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties
- July 29 – San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Kern Counties
- August 5 – Tulare, Madera, and Fresno Counties
See a full schedule here. Check back to sign up for future webinars.
Career Opportunity – Tehama County Director of Public Works
Tehama County is seeking applicants for the position of Public Works Director. Applications are due by 5pm on May 15, 2020. See here for details.
WIR Conference Gathering Cancelled - Stay Tuned for Alternative Dates
Due to the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation across the nation, after painstakingly thorough consideration, the 2020 National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference scheduled to take place at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, has been cancelled. The letter from WIR President, Supervisor Kevin Cann of Mariposa County, to the WIR Board of Directors may be viewed here.
A tremendous program was planned, and the conference team is exploring alternative options for members to utilize, including the possibility of the 2021 Conference being held in California. We encourage you to keep the WIR conference dates on your calendar. And, please plan to participate in virtual meetings and upcoming WIR workshops that may be offered as a partial replacement for Mariposa County in 2020.
For the latest WIR Conference updates, click here.