Announcements regarding hearings, grants, and public comment notices of importance to California's rural counties.


Proposed SGMA Fee Change at March State Water Board meeting

At its March 19th meeting, The State Water Resources Control Board will consider a change to its fee structure for state fees under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The proposed change is listed as Item 4 in the published agenda, and public comment will be considered. For more information about what will be discussed, review the agenda item here. The full agenda is available here.

Applications for Federal Bridge Investment Program Due March 19, 2024

Applications are open for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s competitive Bridge Investment Program, created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Nearly $10 billion in multi-year funding (FY 2023-FY2026) is available for local government planning grants and bridge project grants. Bridge Project grants may be used for bridge replacement, rehabilitation, preservation, and protection. Applications must be received by March 19, 2024. For more information including eligibility and how to apply, see here.


United Policyholders’ 2024 California Home Insurance Survey

The United Policyholders, a non-profit consumer organization that informs and advocates for insurance consumers and disaster survivors nationwide, has released its 2024 California Home Insurance Survey. Homeowners that have experienced insurance rate increases, recently been dropped by their insurer, or had to replace their home insurance, are encouraged to take this confidential annual survey. The information collected is utilized by United Policyholders to monitor and report on pricing availability and to develop helpful resources for the benefit of California residents. Take the survey here.

Learn more about United Policyholders and find informational resources regarding home insurance and disaster recovery on their website at  

Upcoming Public Hearings on AT&T’s Request to Discontinue Landline Service

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold in-person and virtual public forums to receive customer input regarding AT&T’s pending Application to discontinue copper landline phone service (more information here).  Public comments may also be submitted here. If approved by the CPUC, over 580,000 affected AT&T customers would be left with fewer options in terms of choice, quality, and affordability. Alternative services, such as Voice Over IP (VoIP_ and wireless, have no obligation to serve a customer or to provide equivalent services to AT&T landline customers, including reliable access to 9-1-1 or LifeLine program discounts. RCRC opposes AT&T’s Application and is a formal party to the proceeding. 

Remaining Public Hearings




March 19, 2024, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

Virtual only 

Remote access via webcast or phone. 
Live video broadcast with English or Spanish captions via webcast: 
Phone: 1-800-857-1917, passcode: 6032788# 


Employment Opportunities

Colusa County

Colusa County is seeking an Assistant County Administrative Officer. Salary: $132,300.00 - $216,780.00. This recruitment is open until filled. To learn more or to apply, see here. Colusa County offers an excellent benefit package.

Mendocino County


Access the State Grants Portal for a Multitude of Funding Opportunities

Billions of dollars are up for grabs to public agencies and other entities, including tribes and businesses. Grant seekers can access a centralized portal of grant and loan opportunities here, or sign up to receive new grant opportunities delivered straight to your inbox