Weekend News Briefs from CVBT
July 8, 2016
Environmental Justice Committee to hear air pollution concerns
• Air pollution concerns to be aired
• A drainage deal in the works
• And more….
On Monday, July 11, the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee will host the first in a series of meetings to provide residents with the opportunity to meet with local advocates and state officials to share concerns and provide input on addressing air pollution and how to help California meet its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets.
The goal of these meetings is to get input on the state’s Climate Change Action Plan, also known as the Scoping Plan, that is currently being developed to cut greenhouse gases 40 percent by 2030.
Monday’s meeting is in San Bernardinobut meetings are set for Fresno, Modesto, and Bakersfield on Thursday, July 28 and Sacramento on Friday, July 29. Meetings are also planned to be held this Fall in additional locations.
UC Davis alum receives national honor
University California, Davis, alumnus Gregory Loeb, professor of entomology at Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is the 2016 recipient of the Entomological Society of America's Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
The award, sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection, is based on outstanding contributions that have a direct relation to IPM.
Mr. Loeb focuses his research on species interactions involving plants, herbivores, natural enemies, and, more recently, microbes, with the specific applied goal of developing novel approaches to pest management.
Class on tax credit for businesses set for Modesto
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is hosting a workshop on the “California Competes Tax Credit” in Modesto.
Small, medium, and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instructions on how to apply for this tax credit program.
The tax credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California, or stay and grow in California.
Any business can apply for it and there are no geographic or sector-specific restrictions that impact eligibility. In addition, 25 percent of the total credits available each fiscal year are specifically reserved for small businesses.
The event will be held on July 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Alliance Small Business Development Center, located at 1020 10th Street, Suite 102 in Modesto.
Public comment sought on draft drainage agreement
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it wants public comment on a draft agreement between the federal government and the Pacheco Water District, Panoche Water District, and San Luis Water District.
The agreement concerns the collection and management of subsurface agricultural drainage water.
If finalized and enacted into law, the agreement would relieve Reclamation from all drainage obligations imposed by the San Luis Act of 1960, including implementation of Reclamation’s 2007 Record of Decision for the San Luis Drainage Feature Re-evaluation, within the Northerly Districts.
The Northerly Districts, working with the Panoche Drainage District, would assume responsibility for drainage management within their service areas.
Reclamation says this shift in responsibility would constitute “a substantial savings” to the U.S. as the current estimate to provide drainage service within the Northerly Districts is $558 million in April 2015 dollars.
It also establishes a framework to resolve outstanding litigation related to Reclamation’s obligation to provide drainage service to the San Luis Unit of the Central Valley Project and would result in indemnification of the U.S. for any and all claims relating to the provision of drainage service or lack thereof within the Northerly Districts’ service areas.
Comments are due by close of business, Monday, August 8. Please mail or deliver comments to Northerly Districts Agreement, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-170, Sacramento, CA 95825.
For additional information, please contact Alicia Forsythe at 916-978-5464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.