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Governor expands drought emergency proclamation, announces $5.1 billion for drought response, infrastructure, climate resilience 

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $100 billion California Comeback Plan includes assistance for drinking water suppliers and their customers; his proposed $5.1 billion, four-year investment in water infrastructure and drought response includes measures to ensure a more climate resilient system; and his expanded drought emergency proclamation now applies to a total of 41 counties. (5/20/21)



Carbon neutrality studies identify potential paths for California to reach 2045 goal

The California Environmental Protection Agency today announced the release of two independent studies that identify strategies to support the state’s goal to dramatically reduce transportation fossil fuel demand and supply by 2045.  Read the press release. (en español) (4/21/21)




New Updates to Groundbreaking CalEnviroScreen Environmental Justice Tool Released for Public Input

The public is invited to review the draft update to CalEnviroScreen, the mapping tool that tracks which communities bear the greatest burden of environmental pollution in California. It is being updated to include children’s exposure to lead from housing, new census data, other pollution data and enhanced methodology to help policy makers and others prioritize programmatic and other resource investments on communities that need it most. In addition to lead, CalEnviroScreen version 4.0 adds pollution from chrome plating facilities, dairies and feedlots, and certain industrial and manufacturing pollution sources in Mexico. Read the CalEnviroScreen 4.0 press release | (en español) (2/22/21) 



CalEPA Now Accepting Applications for Environmental Justice Grants

CalEPA is accepting applications for its Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. The maximum grant amount is $50,000. This year the grant will go to support environmental justice projects that focus on climate change, threats to health and safety, and rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the press release (comunicado de prensa). (3/29/21)



New, Cross-sector Work Group will Speed California’s Shift to Safer Pest Management

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation and California Department of Food and Agriculture launched a broad new work group to accelerate the systemwide adoption of safer, sustainable pest control practices. The 25-member Sustainable Pest Management Work Group includes farmers, community members, university researchers and representatives from commodity groups and the pesticide industry. Read the press release. (3/10/21)


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