Announcements regarding hearings, grants, and public comment notices of importance to California's rural counties.
State Cannabis Licensing Authorities Solicit Feedback on Regulatory Reform
At the beginning of the year, Governor Newsom announced plans to consolidate the three cannabis licensing authorities into a single Department of Cannabis Control in order to streamline regulatory oversight of commercial cannabis activity. In an effort to collect stakeholder feedback from licensees, local government entities and the public, a brief survey has been launched and will remain open until November 17th. To participate in the survey, please see here. Discussion and details of statewide cannabis regulatory reform is expected to take place through 2021.
Wildfire Home Retrofit Workshop for Building Professionals
Building professionals are invited to join a free virtual workshop to learn how to design, build, and retrofit homes to withstand wildfire. The workshop is hosted by the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities with support from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, University of California Cooperative Extension, Tahoe Resource Conservation District and CAL FIRE.
Date: November 18th | 5:30-7:30 p.m. PST
Additional information is available here.
NCWA Seeks Communications Specialist
The Northern California Water Association is accepting applications for Communications Specialist. Interested individuals should e-mail a cover letter, resume and portfolio of communications by December 1, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The job announcement and additional details are available here.
DWR Offers $26 Million in Competitive Grants for COD Basins
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) released the final Proposition 68 Implementation Proposal Solicitation Package for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Grant Program. The program will award $26 million to critically overdrafted groundwater basins for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) implementation projects that address drought and groundwater challenges, groundwater recharge projects, or projects that prevent or clean up contaminated groundwater used for drinking water. An assistance workshop webinar will be held December 3, 2020, at 2 p.m., to review the application process and answer questions. Register here.
Round 1 grant applications must be submitted using DWR’s online submittal tool and will be accepted from November 9, 2020 through January 8, 2021. A Round 2 solicitation is expected to open in Spring 2022, and will offer at least $77 million in additional grants for medium priority, high priority, and critically overdrafted basins. For more information visit the Grants and Loans webpage, or email SGWP@water.ca.gov.
Public Comment Open for Madera Groundwater Sustainability Plans
Four groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs) for the Madera subbasin are online at DWR’s SGMA Portal and are open for public comment through December 23, 2020.
Public comments on the GSPs are welcomed and encouraged – a SGMA Portal account is not necessary. Information about how to comment on a plan can be found in a fact sheet in English and Spanish.
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California Water Commission Public Workshops to Focus on Conveyance Needs, Funding Options
In coming months, the California Water Commission will conduct a series of virtual public workshops to seek public input on the state’s role in funding water conveyance projects. The workshop series will focus on specific regions of California. Participants from each region are encouraged to discuss conveyance infrastructure needs, a potential state role in funding such infrastructure, and potential sources of financing. The Commission will use the information gathered at the regional workshops to help formulate a policy paper with recommendations on a state role in financing climate-resilient conveyance. The draft paper will be available for public comment before it is finalized and presented to the Administration in mid-2021. A complete schedule and details on how to take part in the workshops will be posted at a later date.
Upcoming Webinar on Local Government Funding for Improving the Environment
The California Air Resources Board announced a webinar series, beginning in November, on applying for California Climate Investments, also known as cap-and-trade dollars. On December 9th from 1:30-2:30pm, a webinar will be specifically tailored for Local Government Funding. Grant opportunities can range from affordable housing to restoration of wetlands. To register, see here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
HCD Announces Help for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties
On August 22, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the White House approved California's request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state's emergency response to wildfires burning in Northern California and support impacted residents in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties.
This declaration helps people in those counties through support and services that includes:
- Crisis counseling
- Housing and unemployment assistance
- Legal services
If you sustained losses from the Northern California fires in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo Counties, you can now apply for assistance.
To begin the process:
- Apply online with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) OR
- Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
HCD encourages the use of online applications whenever possible. For additional information and important details, see the entire HCD announcement here.