Resilient Sacramento

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation News
March 19, 2014
A biweekly newsletter of the Sacramento Regional Adaptation Collaborative.

News
Obama proposes $1 billion Climate Resilience Fund for 2015 budget
Since President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan in June 2013, he has moved decisively to roll out many new programs and initiatives. Now the president has proposed putting money behind this effort by including a $1B Climate Resilience Fund in his proposed budget.  If funded, the $1 billion fund would provide support for state and local governments, fund new technologies and research, and incentivize resilient infrastructure. In part, this Climate Resilience Fund's prospects for moving forward in Congress will likely depend on whether it is framed within the context of climate change, or helping communities prepare for severe weather and emergency response. According to FEMA, every $1 spent on resilience saves $4 spent on disaster funding. However, from 2011 to 2013 the U.S. has been doing just the opposite - spending $136 billion on disaster recovery but only $22 billion to prepare. (BNA)

This will affect humans as well as wildlife, which may suffer "dramatic population declines" due to lack of previous exposure. By 2080, 72% of California (in area) will experience an increase in the probability of West Nile. Actual human cases are difficult to predict due to the significant impact of regional control measures such as mosquito control. (KPCC)

Despite a longer, warmer growing season, scientists find that reduced water supply will actually reduce tree growth and thus also carbon storage. The loss in carbon storage could be equivalent to an additional 1-3 days' of global fossil fuel emissions each year. (Phys.org)

If the drought continues, the barriers will be needed to protect fresh Delta water from ocean in-flows, which would normally be pushed back by stronger river currents. This would protect water quality for recipients of Delta water, but farmers and residents downstream of the proposed barriers would suffer from reduced water quality and quantity. Chinook salmon migration routes would also be obstructed. The Department of Water Resources estimates that the project is 95% likely to go forward. (Fresno Bee)

Steam, natural gas, telephone/cable, and private water utilities in New York State are now expected to evaluate most current climate data and integrate adaptation into their operations, reliability, infrastructure/construction, and planning. ConEd, the state's electric utility, has committed to spend $1 billion by 2016 to protect the most critical equipment from storms, fund distributed generation in NYC, and develop a microgrid project pilot. The utility has also adopted new design standards for utility lines in flood zones and will revisit them every 5 years. (Climate Central
Case Studies and Examples

Surprisingly, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, and Oregon are not the states facing the biggest impacts, but they have prioritized preparation and sought funding competitively. This article examines programs and preparations at each of the above states, with strategies such as syndromic surveillance systems (electronic reporting of hospital admissions data), vulnerability mapping, and databases of water resources. (Climate Progress)

Resources and Tools

California launches $10 million reserve fund to support local PACE programs

By providing financial security for mortgages with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) liens, the Loss Reserve Program aims to address the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) legal position regarding the additional financial risk PACE assessments placed on mortgages. FHFA's position on this issue all but halted residential PACE in California and the rest of the US a few years ago. California's new program will step in to cover PACE payments in cases of foreclosures or forced sales for unpaid taxes or special assessments. It remains to be seen how FHFA responds to this, but it could represent a significant safety net for communities interested in PACE. To participate, local PACE programs should enroll with the Dept. of the Treasury at the following link: CAEATFA.

Scientists identify low-tech, low-cost ways of adaptation for agriculture

Strategies cover water supply and demand, sustainable soil management practices, new breeds, integrated crop-livestock systems, and more. Some strategies can also simultaneously reduce GHG emissions. For example, increasing organic matter in soil can improve both carbon and water storage capacity. (CCAFS, Forbes)

Upcoming Events
California Adaptation Forum - August 19-20, Sacramento - 
Submit a Session Proposal by March 25th!
The first California Adaptation Forum, co-hosted by the Local Government Commission and the State of California, will be held August 19-20, 2014 in Sacramento. The Forum is designed to create a comprehensive network of multi-disciplinary adaptation leaders who have a strong commitment to addressing climate risks. We plan to craft a program reflective of the diverse needs and challenges California is facing and bring together leading voices from various sectors to share insights on how we can most effectively respond.

The Call for Session Proposals (CFSP) for this Forum is now open, and the deadline has now been extended until March 25thThe CFSP instructions and online form are now available on the Forum website. Please contact Jenny Woods for more information about this Forum.
Cleaner Air Partnership Quarterly Luncheon: Zero-Emissions Transportation in the Sacramento Region - March 28, Sacramento

Come learn more about fuel cell and electric vehicles in the Sacramento region and receive an update on a planned regional bike-share program. Following the program you are invited to tour the electric vehicle exhibit at the California Automobile Museum. Registration is requested for planning purposes. The luncheon is complimentary thanks to the Sacramento Association of Realtors and Union Pacific.  (March 28, 11.30am-1.30pm.)

North State Water Alliance Regional Water Forum - March 31, Sacramento
The North State Water Alliance is hosting the second in a series of regional water forums geared to keep local leaders from the private and public sectors informed of recent drought impacts, conservation efforts and water reliability updates. Register today for an informative event on
Our Water Future: Securing Water Reliability in the North State, scheduled for Monday, March 31, from 3 to 5 pm at the office of Downey Brand, 621 Capitol Mall, 18th Floor in downtown Sacramento. 
About Resilient Sacramento

Resilient Sacramento is a membership based collaborative network designed to promote greater climate change resilience planning coordination in the six-county Sacramento Region. The purpose of this collaborative network is to create a forum where leaders from government, academia, environmental and community groups, the business community, and labor can come together to exchange information, identify vulnerabilities and data gaps, leverage resources, and advance comprehensive solutions in an effort to create stronger, sustainable, and economically viable communities in the Sacramento Region.  

 

Resilient Sacramento's current members include: UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy; Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District; Sacramento Area Council of Governments; Greenwise Joint Ventures; Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Pacific Gas & Electric Company; and the Local Government Commission. If you are interested in learning more about Resilient Sacramento, joining the Collaborative, or being added to the list serv, please contact Jenny Woods.

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This newsletter is intended for general educational and informational purposes only. 
It does not necessarily reflect the views of individual Resilient Sacramento members.