ECOS Orientation Sept 29 at 6:15 pm

Come learn what ECOS is all about! Join us Thursday, Sept 29 at 6:15 pm via Zoom to get a broad overview of what ECOS does, why it matters and what you can do to help! If you are curious about what environmental issues in the Sacramento region look like in 2022, join us! We will cover our current goals that involve climate change prevention, promoting infill over sprawl development, transit, habitat protection and the wise use of water resources, among others.

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Sac County Final Climate Action Plan: Discussion September 8

The Sacramento County Final Climate Action Plan is out for public comment until September 27, 2022.
Join us for a good discussion Thursday, September 8 at 6pm on Zoom (link below).

Climate Action Plan presentation by Todd Smith, Sacramento County Planning Director

Response/comment by environmental advocates 350 Sac, Sac Climate Coalition, ECOS, CCL Sac, ClimatePlan, Sac Sierra Club

WHAT’S CHANGED since the Feb 2022 draft?

IS THE APPROACH aggressive, is it realistic?

WHAT GOALS will it achieve, when will we get to carbon neutrality?

WHAT WILL THE TASK FORCE do in relation to the CAP?

Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6656164155
To phone in: 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 665 616 4155

Sacramento County Climate Action Plan Comments Due Sept 27 

The Sacramento County Climate Action Plan (CAP) aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the unincorporated County and prepare the County for climate-related impacts for decades to come. The CAP proposes measures to put the County on a path toward carbon neutrality and commits to certain actions, including the development of the Climate Emergency Response Plan through the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

Based on input from the Board of Supervisors during the workshop on March 23, 2022, County staff revised the CAP. Based on input from the Board of Supervisors during the workshop on March 23, 2022, County staff revised the CAP. The Final CAP, and associated environmental document, are available for review at the links below. Public comments will be accepted through Tuesday, September 27, 2022, when the CAP is expected to be before the Board of Supervisors for approval. Comments can be sent by email to ClimateActionPlan[at]saccounty[dot]gov​.

​​Stay up to date on the CAP by subscribing to receive CAP Email/Text Updates.

Environmentalist of the Year Awards

Make the 2022 Environmentalist of the Year Awards memorable

Enjoy, have refreshments, talk with friends and colleagues, and learn more about the important work of the award recipients, our partner organizations, and ECOS. Please join us on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at Curtis Hall, Sierra 2 Center, Sacramento 95818.

5:30 pm Social
6:45 pm Refreshments and Awards

Help good work to continue through Sponsorship

$250 Ansel Adams
$500 George Washington Carver
$1000 Rachel Carson
$2500+ John Muir

ECOS has been hosting the Environmentalist of the Year Awards since 1973. This year, we are hosting the 2022 Awards as an in-person event.

The Environmentalist of the Year Awards enable us to honor local leaders for their work in sustainability. ECOS has honored those who have achieved more affordable and equitable transit-oriented communities, less sprawl, more habitat protection, and cleaner air and water. Today, with climate change, these same objectives, as well as electrification and clean energy sources, are what we must achieve to make the transition to carbon neutrality. The 2022 awardees will be selected with our climate challenge in mind.

Roughly quoting Sir David Attenborough, we must all change what we do, where and how we build, what we eat, what we cultivate, and really, what we like, so we can be healthier and happier.

Local Groundwater Planning Presentation 8/24

August 24, 2022 Water Committee Meeting Agenda

3:00 to 5:00 pm – Zoom

 ECOS ZOOM 6656164155

Introductions and Committee Ground rules 5 minutes:

Featured Presentation 1 hour, 50 minutes:

Presenter: Rob Swartz, Manager of Technical Services for the Regional Water Authority and the Sacramento Groundwater Authority

Mr. Swartz has over thirty-five years of water resource and water project planning and implementation experience. He has been RWA’s Manager of Technical Services since 2003 and has recently led the technical development of the COSANA model and the development of the Sacramento Groundwater Basin, Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). Mr. Swartz is also leading RWA’s efforts to develop and implement a Regional Groundwater Bank. Mr. Swartz plans to include some of the modeling experts who designed the COSANA model in the discussion.

Mr. Swartz will present a technical and policy presentation/discussion on: 1) The development and use of the COSANA model in planning and managing the region’s groundwater resources; and 2) The status of the Regional Groundwater Authority’s efforts to formulate and implement a Regional Groundwater Bank.

                                            Why are these issues important to you?

1) The COSANA model is a newly developed analytical tool that water managers are using to understand and help manage the region’s three groundwater basins – the Cosumnes, South American and North American Subbasins. This tool is used to determine each subbasin’s water budget and sustainable pumping level. Going forward the COSANA model will assist managers in understanding and interpreting empirical pumping data as well as potential impacts on Groundwater Depended Ecosystems (GDE) and shallow wells from future basin groundwater pumping. To have confidence in the model it is important to understand its sensitivity, how it is calibrated, and what its margin of error is. The COSANA model is only as predictive as the quality of the empirical data it makes use of. The initial round of GSPs all indicate a need for additional monitoring wells to more fully understand each subbasin. We are interested in what efforts are going on within each subbasin to improve the monitoring systems and how these efforts will improve future COSANA results. Finally, COSANA is one of several modeling tools water managers use. We would like to understand how this model’s results correlate with other ground and surface water models, and in turn, how all these model outputs are integrated to inform water managers regarding the appropriate and sustainable use of Ground and Surface water resources.

2) The region’s water managers have invested heavily in conjunctive use to achieve regional water supply sustainability. Water Banking is the process of utilizing underground aquifers to either retain groundwater and use excess surface water in its stead or store excess surface water in the ground during wet years so that the resulting groundwater is available for use in place of surface water during dry years when surface water supplies are not as prevalent. Understanding how the Water Bank will be structured and managed as both a water purveyor and regional asset is important, and ECOS has requested a seat at the table for future discussions on the Water Bank structure, management criteria, and governance.

Committed Discussion Process:

Time will be set aside at key points during the presentation for questions/clarifications and discussion. Participants can introduce their questions either by raising their hand in the Zoom tools or by making use of the chat function. For those without these options, time will be set aside for your questions as well. 

Committee Action Item Summary:

The Committee finalized and released two letters following the July meeting. Both are published on the ECOS web site. One was Addressed to the County Board of Supervisors noting our objection to an action being taken by the County Parks Department to install Seven acres of irrigated turf. The second was a letter in support of a $2.6 million grant to fund a planning study for the RiverArc project.

The Sacramento County Draft Climate Action Plan will be released very soon, and the Committee will follow up on its earlier recommendations regarding water conservation and regional landscaping.  

Thanks, and meeting closure 5 minutes

The Committee meetings are open to the public. Zoom access – link above or on the ECOS web page under meeting schedules. The next Committee meeting is September 28, time 3:00-5:00 (tentative).