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How CalFire is Spending Recent Forest Health Funds

November 15, 2018 - In this post, we provide a summary of how CalFire is spending Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund dollars provided in the 2017-18 budget package. We focus primarily on CalFire’s Forest Health Program, and identify issues for the Legislature to consider as it oversees and guides future expenditures of forest health funding.

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Overview of the State Water Project and Proposed Contract Amendment

September 11, 2018 - Presented to Joint Legislative Budget Committee

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The Salton Sea: A Status Update

August 29, 2018 - The Salton Sea is California’s largest inland lake, located in Riverside and Imperial Counties. In this report, we discuss the changing conditions in and around the Sea, their statewide importance, and the Legislature’s role in overseeing projects to reduce potential negative effects on public health and wildlife.

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Overview of Wildfire-Related Funding

July 25, 2018 - Presented to: Conference Committee on SB 901

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Overview of State Bond Debt

June 27, 2018 - Presented to: Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water

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Initiative Statute: Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Noncomplying Products.

June 19, 2018 - Presented to Senate Committee on Agriculture and Assembly Committee on Agriculture

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Overview of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard

June 19, 2018 - Presented to Assembly Select Committee on California’s Energy Future

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Initiative Statute: Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage

June 12, 2018 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife and Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 On Resources and Transportation

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Resources and Transportation Overview

May 31, 2018 - To be presented to: 2018-19 Budget Conference Committee.

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Cap-and-Trade Extension: Issues for Legislative Oversight

May 24, 2018 - Presented to Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies

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Salton Sea Management: Overview and Update

May 8, 2018 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife

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Improving California's Forest and Watershed Management

April 4, 2018 - This report consists of five sections. First, we review the importance of and benefits provided by California’s forests. Second, we provide information regarding how forests are managed in California, including ownership, state and federal policies and programs, and funding. Third, we review the current conditions of forests and watersheds across the state, including the concerning implications and recent consequences of those conditions, as well as the actions that would be needed to make improvements. Fourth, in the findings section, we highlight shortcomings in how the state manages its forests and watersheds. Fifth, we offer recommendations for actions the Legislature could take to improve forest and watershed management in California.

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The 2018-19 Budget: California Department of Food and Agriculture

March 28, 2018 - In this analysis, we assess two proposals in the Governor’s 2018-19 budget related to: (1) the Bee Safe Program, and (2) Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention. In addition, we briefly review the Governor’s safe and affordable drinking water proposal—for which CDFA would play an administrative role.

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Overview of the Beverage Container Recycling Program

March 7, 2018 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation

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Overview of California’s Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Program

March 7, 2018 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation

Environment and Natural Resources Staff

Ross Brown
(916) 319-8345
Air Quality, Energy, Recycling, and Climate Change
 
Rachel Ehlers
(916) 319-8330
Water, Coastal Development, and Fish and Wildlife
 
Helen Kerstein
(916) 319-8364
Forestry, Parks, and High Speed Rail
 
Frank Jimenez
(916) 319-8324
Highways and Roads, Agriculture, and Toxics
 
Eunice Roh
(916) 319-8327
Mass Transportation, Traffic Enforcement, Statewide Infrastructure
 
Brian Brown
(916) 319-8325
Deputy Legislative Analyst: Environment and Transportation