As a result, IOUs have an important role in wildfire prevention, but can face financial stresses associated with wildfire risks. Compliance with public land energy laws and policies, including the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Principal natural resources include timber, petroleum, cement and natural gas. The legislation included several reporting and status update requirements, but the Legislature may also want to hold oversight hearings to monitor implementation and solicit input from stakeholders over the coming years. Lack of Detail Makes it Difficult to Assess Specific Proposals. Administration Has Not Conducted Assessment to Inform Future Budget Decisions. The amount of information varies by program. Some of this funding supports the DWSRF. (We discuss the details of the expenditure plan in more detail below.) This includes $226 million for various natural resources and environmental protection departments to implement laws passed in 2018 designed to improve forest health and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The Governor proposes an increase of $97 million (mostly General Fund) to expand the state’s capacity to respond to wildfires, including funding for additional CalFire firefighting crews and dedicated fire crews operated by the California Conservation Corps (CCC). As shown in Figure 2, the Governor’s budget plan for entities within the Natural Resources Agency includes a total of $6.7 billion. Due to this focus, and unlike most programs that are funded in the expenditure plan, the workforce proposals would not likely have the effect of reducing GHG emissions directly. The Governor’s budget also proposes funding for implementation of SB 606 and AB 1668 in future years, as shown in Figure 14. For example: $2.4 Billion Spending Plan Largely Continues Funding for Existing Programs. For the other departments, however, the absence of a prioritized list of projects makes it impossible for the Legislature to determine whether the proposed funding would go to the projects that it thinks are most important. Department of Water Resources (including the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs)); Counties and cities, including planning commissions and mining programs. trailer << /Size 132 /Info 96 0 R /Root 100 0 R /Prev 83319 /ID[<68bfb662de3985f398edd3e1d9464069><32b2c7e3bc2dbeaf44d3bd4267c64eed>] >> startxref 0 %%EOF 100 0 obj << /Type /Catalog /Pages 98 0 R /Metadata 97 0 R /OpenAction [ 102 0 R /XYZ null null null ] /PageMode /UseNone /PageLabels 95 0 R /StructTreeRoot 101 0 R /PieceInfo << /MarkedPDF << /LastModified (D:20020329103343)>> >> /LastModified (D:20020329103343) /MarkInfo << /Marked true /LetterspaceFlags 0 >> >> endobj 101 0 obj << /Type /StructTreeRoot /RoleMap 4 0 R /ClassMap 7 0 R /K 90 0 R /ParentTree 91 0 R /ParentTreeNextKey 2 >> endobj 130 0 obj << /S 48 /L 132 /C 148 /Filter /FlateDecode /Length 131 0 R >> stream Such proposals include (1) newly authorized and funded positions; (2) funding for new activities; and/or (3) extensions of funding, activities, and/or positions that the Legislature previously had authorized only on a limited‑term basis. For both heavy‑duty incentives and CVRP, CARB plans to use a public process over the next several months to determine how to prioritize these incentive funds and make necessary programmatic changes. Proposition 68 Allocated Bond Funding for Deferred Maintenance. Dredge #1, water jet undercutting face of bank, Construction of South Side Cement Ditch, Anaheim Union Water Company, Anaheim [graphic], Water pack train to Saddle Camp on Gray Ridge, Boating Down a Flooded San Jose Street, 1911, Levee of City of Sacramento faced with cobbles, Opening of the head gates of the L.A. Aqueduct. As discussed above, the Governor’s budget includes about $500 million in multiyear discretionary spending. The text of this exhibition is available under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. All of this funding would come from the General Fund, with the exception of the Colusa‑Sacramento River State Recreation Area boat launching improvement project that would be funded from the Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund. and government involvement, as well as a court system that generally protects property rights $97 million for enhanced fire protection. The 2018 fire season included several particularly large and catastrophic fires, such as the Mendocino Complex Fire that was the largest in recorded state history at 459,123 acres. In addition, the proposed formula is not tied to actual capital outlay needs. As described earlier, state departments are making efforts to assist coastal communities in these efforts by providing research, data and guidance, as well as grants for planning and projects. The Governor’s budget includes about $500 million in multiyear discretionary GGRF spending commitments—substantially less than $900 million. The proposal does not include estimates of future costs. A = acquisition; P = preliminary plans; W = working drawings; and SHP = state historic park. . For example, as we discuss later in this report, roughly $300 million annually has been allocated to AB 617 activities in prior years and many of the activities are expected to continue. Death Valley, Death Valley Nat'l Monument, Calif, Hetch Hetchy Resevoir Yosemite National Park, California, The Hetch Hetchy Project 1924. In total, the administration estimates that the various proposed charges would generate roughly $110 million to $140 million annually when fully implemented. In 2009 and 2013 the California Natural Resources Agency prepared reports to the Governor on California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy, and the Agency also produced three Climate Change Assessments based on peer reviewed science. (At the time this analysis was prepared, the administration had not completed a revenue estimate for the charge on confined animals.) Our office has requested certain information from the administration and will share it with legislative staff and others who may request it from us, but there might be individual issues for which members require additional information. For example, the budget includes the two required appropriations of GGRF funds and includes funding to support legislative requirements on state agencies to implement other components of the package, such as developing new programs and regulations. We further recommend reporting requirements to enable oversight of (1) how departments maintain their facilities on an ongoing basis and (2) what projects are actually implemented with the funding. Coastal Adaptation. Based on Governor’s revenue estimates, the budget allocates a total of about $2.4 billion GGRF in 2019‑20 for various programs—including off‑the‑top backfills, continuous appropriations, and discretionary spending. California State Nickname: The Golden State. The sunny climate and varied scenery have encouraged some of the state’s big industries—aircraft, motion pictures, television, and the tourist trade. Therefore, it is unclear how these departments will ensure better maintenance of their facilities on an ongoing basis and address the underlying causes of their deferred maintenance backlogs to ensure that the problems do not get worse. Some departments will likely have to adjust the current structure of their programs to stay within their proposed budget allocations. In this report, we assess several of the Governor’s budget proposals in the natural resources and environmental protection areas. Air Districts in Early Stages of Implementing Monitoring and Emission Reduction Efforts. (Exide is also required to submit reports to identify and remediate all on‑site contamination at the Exide facility and in the industrialized areas surrounding it.) The plan should include estimated multiyear funding for local air district administrative activities that cannot be covered by local revenue sources, incentive programs, and community technical assistance grants. Once this process is completed, we will analyze their condition and report our findings to the Legislature. In other cases, departments did not provide an explanation for why it could not provide information on expected outcomes. We note that there is probably not a “right” level of funding to provide contract counties for capital outlay. 0000002340 00000 n According to the administration, this is because the Coastal Conservancy has other available funding—primarily from Propositions 1 (2014) and 84 (2006)—for purposes consistent with the Climate Ready Program. Adopt Governor’s Proposals. This bankruptcy raises various risks and costs for the state’s utilities, as well as other entities. Adopt standards for CII performance measures. $1.8 million to San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and $1.5 million to the California Coastal Commission in ongoing GGRF funding for local sea‑level rise adaptation efforts. The Gross Domestic Product of the country in terms of purchasing power parity of the country has It boasts perhaps the greatest natural resources of any state along with shining high-tech industries. 0000013647 00000 n reached at $12.36 trillion (2005 est.). Lack of O&M Funding an Obstacle for Some Systems. On the other hand, if businesses anticipate that prices will rise substantially in the future, this could increase demand for allowances and increase near‑term prices. The state undertook numerous activities in response to these exceptionally dry conditions, including requiring that beginning in June 2015, urban water agencies had to reduce their water usage by 25 percent compared to their usage in 2013.