FEBRUARY 2019

Climate and Energy News  from the San Diego Region


 
Member News
The Study was formally approved by Chula Vista's City Council this month.
The shift could have a positive impact in reducing wildfires.
 
Regional News
 
Recent storms in California have led to flooding and water quality issues from runoff.

The GOES-17 satellite has already been helping forecasters track environmental hazards in California.

The report focuses largely on regional efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The budget includes a $1 billion Cap and Trade Expenditure Plan for community air protection, resilient forests, and coastal resilience, among other things.
 
Upcoming Events & Opportunities

SDFSA seeks a Project Coordinator for its Food Waste Reduction and Recovery initiatives. Applications are due March 8.
 
Carlsbad Faraday Center, March 7
 
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography, March 26
 
Madison, Wisconsin, April 23-25
 
Long Beach, June 26-27

 
Funding & Resources

This California Energy Commission seeks to advance wildfire science and support the development of tools for resilience. Applications due  March 13 .

The Local Government Commission's fellowship program will operate from September 2019 to August 2020 and will implement targeted projects that address locally-defined needs throughout CA. The first priority deadline is  March 15

Prop 1 funding priority issue areas are: Marine managed areas; coastal and ocean water quality impacts; fisheries; and climate change adaptation. Applications due  March 18 .

Projects will advance the adoption and implementation of climate policies and programs that improve public health outcomes and drive investments to improve quality of life. An LOI is due  March 19

The four priority project types for funding are: Water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration, and urban greening. Applications due  April 30
 
Local Viewpoint
by Laura Walsh, Climate Adaptation Program Manager at SDRCC


It's another sunny one in San Diego. But it hasn't been all sunshine lately - since the first of the year we've seen  more than twice  the normal average amount of rainfall in some parts of the county. There's a fine line between weather and climate, but intense rainstorms are set to be a trademark of climate change in the region. That's why researchers from the Center for Western Weather Extremes at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography are all hands-on-deck for the next few weeks  tracking atmospheric rivers , a specific type of rain event that provides a majority of the water used in California.  Meanwhile, Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force has been conducting  weekly water quality sampling  at popular beaches in San Diego, and the recent rainfall is having a clear impact on water quality at places like Tourmaline in Pacific Beach. As part of an effort to consider the many impacts of extreme events and climate change to water management, the San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management Group has incorporated climate criteria into the  first phase of its 2019 Plan Update , which allows climate considerations to factor into water planning and decision-making in San Diego.

That's the scoop on science-based climate planning as it relates to this rainy season we're having. Follow along with our Climate-Smart Water Program (via future events and newsletters) to learn more about how the region is working on smart solutions for addressing climate impacts to our water systems and resources.

Have a great rest of the week. -  Laura W


Laura Walsh (middle) is the Climate Adaptation Program Manager at the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative.



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