Sac County Candidate Forum: Watch the Video

April 26, 2022 at 6pm

Watch on Youtube below.

Sacramento County District 5 Supervisors seat: Hear what the candidates say about issues affecting Sacramento, including climate change, land use and transportation, equity, housing, business and the prospects for a clean energy economy – before the June 7 primary.

The race for the Sacramento County District 5 Supervisor seat is probably the most important race in the Sacramento region in terms of equity and climate. The County and City of Sacramento are the most populous areas within the Sacramento region and therefore, where they go, so goes the region.  

All District 5 candidates will be participating in the forum. They are (in alphabetical order) Pat Hume, Alex Joe, Steve Ly and Jaclyn Moreno. Moderators will be Capradio’s News Editor Kris Hooks, and Environment and Climate Change Reporter Manola Secaira.

Sponsored by Environmental Council of Sacramento, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento Chapter, 350 Sacramento, and the Sierra Club Sacramento Group

Comments regarding sufficiency of South American Groundwater Sustainability Plan

April 15, 2022

Here is a summary of our comments:
1) We find the climate change analysis used as the basis for the GSP is not sufficiently robust to reflect currently anticipated climate change conditions for the region. The analysis does not reflect current science. For this reason, we suggest DWR provide more direction in this area for future GSP updates.
2) We believe a review of the GSP utilizing Article 6, Section 355.4 finds the plan deficient in several important areas. Our findings are listed in more detail below. DWR should work with the subbasin GSAs to address the shortcomings described below before approving the GSP.

Click here to read the letter in full.

Big Day of Giving 2022

ECOS: Through education, advocacy, and litigation, we seek to help the Sacramento region meet its climate goals and shift its land use and transportation patterns to create a transit-connected network of sustainable, sociable, affordable, and equitable communities.

The Environmental Council of Sacramento is a powerful advocacy organization in the Sacramento region for over 50 years, arguing for transit-oriented development and against greenfield sprawl, to protect our habitat, and clean up our air. With the climate crisis growing and affordable housing a critical need, our advocacy efforts are needed more than ever. Please donate and join. Make a difference with us!

Can we count on you?

Big Day of Giving, the Sacramento region’s largest annual event to support the causes we care most about, is on now. Between now and May 5, please give to ECOS.

Big Day of Giving helps non-profits like ECOS raise much needed funds — mostly in small gifts — proving that when we all give a little, we can make a big difference.

For as little as $40, you can help us reach our fundraising goal of $10,000 which will allow us to continue studying and taking positions on regional and local issues — climate change, land use, transportation, green building, habitat, and water. Also, your gift will help ECOS build its next generation of leaders – we seek young people who recognize the dangers of climate change and want to do something about it.

Make a gift today or mark your calendar for Thursday, May 5 to be a part of this historic day of philanthropy.

Check out some of our activities

  • ECOS Orientation via Zoom on May 5 at 6 pm; contact office[at]sacramento[dot]net
  • Sacramento Earth Day on April 24 – https://www.ecosacramento.net/sacearthday/
  • SacCounty District 5 Candidate Forum on April 26 – https://youtu.be/EFvJfZEY3oo
  • Climate Action materials and Committee Chair Ralph Propper rpropper47[at]icloud[dot]com
  • Field trips – salmon spawning habitat in American River; sandhill cranes at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve in Oct 2021 and Jan 2022.

MAKE A GIFT to ECOS for the BIG DAY OF GIVING

Environmentalists’ Spring Social 4/30

Join us for an Environmentalists’ Spring Social!
Sierra Club Sacramento, Environmental Council of Sacramento, and the Sacramento Climate Coalition invite you to our Spring Social. This is an opportunity to reconnect with friends from many environmental groups. Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the patio! Lisa Phenix will perform with Tony Bowler. Plus Silent Auction of wine, artworks, etc.
DATE: Saturday, April 30 from 2:00 – 4:30 pm
LOCATION: Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
COVID: please bring your vaccination ID and your mask for indoors.
DONATION: $5 min. requested at the door to help us cover costs.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/environmentalists-spring-social-tickets-310775055557
Facebook Event: https://facebook.com/events/s/environmentalists-spring-socia/687050185807001/

Community Earth Month 2022 Events

Although we honor the earth every day, April is often known as Earth Month. Here is a compilation of Earth Month events happening in the Greater Sacramento Region this April!

Thursday, April 21

11:00am – 3:00pm Sacramento City College Earth Day Event.

Friday, April 22

4:00pm – 9:00pm Auburn Earth Day Festival. Hosted by the Placer High School Environmental Club. Overlook Park, 855 Pacific Ave, Auburn, CA 95603. Details: https://enviroalliance.org/events/earth-day-festival/

Saturday, April 23

9:00am – 1:00pm The Great Sacramento clean-up event! Details: https://www.handsonsacto.org/opportunity/a0C5c00000O4XwnEAF/the-great-sacramento-clean-up-event

10:00am – 12:30pm Sacramento EJ Coalition Earth Day Mixer. Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacramento-ej-coalition-earth-day-mixer-tickets-303165806087

12:00pm – 6:00pm Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum Community Earth Day Celebration. 2251 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA 95822. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/295569172716632

1:00pm – 9:00pm Earth Day Celebration Hosted by Sac Yard. Sac Yard Community Tap House, 1725 33rd St, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Sunday, April 24

11:00am – 4:00pm SACRAMENTO EARTH DAY! Hosted by ECOS. Southside Park, 700 T St, Sacramento, CA 95818. Details: https://www.ecosacramento.net/our-work/events/sacearthday/about-sacramento-earth-day/

April 22 – 26

Wild and Scenic Film Festival selections. Hosted by Sacramento Citizens Climate Lobby. Details: www.tinyurl.com/WSFF2022

Wednesday, April 27

6:30pm – 7:30pm What Will it Take to Tackle Climate Change? — Kathy Dodson. Hosted by Sacramento Citizens Climate Lobby. (Free Zoom Event) Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-day-climate-change-speaker-series-tickets-289994510387

Saturday, April 30

Environmentalists’ Spring Social. Hosted by the Sierra Club Sacramento Group, ECOS and the Sacramento Climate Coalition. Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95818. Details: https://www.ecosacramento.net/2022/03/environmentalists-spring-social/

Wednesday, May 4

6:30pm – 7:30pm Hope in the Face of Climate Change – Lisa Howard. Hosted by Sacramento Citizens Climate Lobby. (Free Zoom Event) Details: www.tinyurl.com/SACCCL

Regional Groundwater Sustainability – The Plans are Finished so what’s Next?

Over the past several years local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) charged with managing the region’s groundwater have been assessing the condition of the region’s groundwater resources and developing monitoring systems and management plans and projects to maintain the sustainability of these resources for the foreseeable future. These efforts have resulted in the completion of three Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) that cover each of the region’s groundwater subbasins – North American Subbasin, South American Subbasin, and Cosumnes Subbasin. The GSPs respond to State required planning criteria outlined in the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The California Department of Water Resources webpage has information about SGMA, the GSP planning process, and a public portal containing the three GSPs for the Sacramento region.  

ECOS, through the Water Committee, has participated in the development of these GSPs by attending public meetings and workshops, and providing comments on the draft plans. We have condensed these comments into a matrix comparing comments for each of the three GSPs. The matrix contains a summary of each original comment and, in bold, the actions taken by the GSAs to address each comment as documented in the final adopted GSPs. The full text of each ECOS comment letter can be found on the ECOS web site.

While some comments have been addressed in the final plans, others were not. For example, key aspects of the GSPs are six sustainability indicators that establish thresholds for when management actions must be taken to assure continued subbasin sustainability. The North American Subbasin GSP calls for management actions to be taken after one year of one or more of the GSP sustainability indicators exceeding action levels thus indicating the subbasin is in trouble. Unfortunately, the South American Subbasin allows three years of indicator exceedance that may lead to no actions being taken until the fourth year of an indicator being exceeded. The Cosumnes Subbasin did adjust their corresponding exceedance time periods but still allow a problem to exceed one or more threshold criteria for at least two years before actions to remedy the situation are taken. ECOS has argued that a one year exceedance criteria is acceptable and should be utilized in all three GSPs.

ECOS also believes climate change is not effectively addressed in the plans. All three GSPs base their management actions on a climate scenario that seems less realistic than current climate experience and the latest climate science indicates. This errant planning assumption may significantly overestimate the amount of groundwater available to meet demands in the future. If not corrected, sustainable management of the subbasins may be very difficult within the next decade.

ECOS members are meeting with the local GSA representatives to explore options to address our concerns prior to the next GSP updates which are due in 2025. Depending on the outcome of these meetings ECOS may find it necessary to participate in the State’s GSP public comment process.

Click here to view the matrix.