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Federal energy regulator gives final go-ahead for historic Klamath Dam removal plan

Klamath River Basin, California, and Oregon — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave its final approval Thursday for a plan to remove four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon. The order paves the way for enactment of a settlement agreement nearly 15 years in the making by California, Oregon, the Yurok […]

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CNRA announces tool to Improve Wildfire Resilience with Support from Google.org

SACRAMENTO – California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) and the USDA Forest Service, along with support from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, has developed Planscape – a new wildfire resilience planning tool that uses state and federal resilience data to create user-friendly models that will be easily accessible to land planners. A demonstration of Planscape was released […]

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6,000 Acres of Prime Open Space in northern Los Angeles County now protected

SACRAMENTO — The largest undeveloped private property in Los Angeles County is now part of a protected ecological area that will preserve habitat and expand wildlife corridors between the San Gabriel, Sierra Madre and Santa Susanna mountains. It also moves California a step closer in its effort to conserve 30 percent of the state’s land […]

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State, Federal Agencies Announce Agreement with Local Water Suppliers to Improve the Health of Rivers and Landscapes

SACRAMENTO, March 29, 2022 – State, federal and local water leaders announced broad agreement today on measures to provide additional water flows and new habitat to help improve conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta watershed. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed today outlines terms for a transformational eight-year program that would provide substantial new flows for […]

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$12 Million Awarded for Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Projects

SACRAMENTO, February 17, 2022 – The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) in coordination with the California Transportation Commission (CTC) today announced more than $12 million in funding for 18 projects under CNRA’s Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) grant program. EEM provides grants to local, state and federal governmental agencies as well as nonprofit organizations for […]

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California Releases First-Ever Draft Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy

SACRAMENTO – The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), together with state agency partners, released a draft Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy that will guide and accelerate near- and long-term climate action across key California landscapes. The document is available for public feedback through November 9. The Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy […]

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Natural Resources Agency Awards Nearly $1 Million to California Museums

With a thank you to Snoopy and the Californians who feature the specialized license plate on their vehicles, the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) today announced the first round of grants to promote the arts, science, history and culture available at museums. The nearly $1 million in grant funding will support 25 projects for museums that have […]

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California Ocean Protection Council Approves $8 Million in Grants to Improve Resilience to Sea-Level Rise Along the Coast

SACRAMENTO February 19, 2021 – The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) this week approved 15 grants totaling more than $8 million in Proposition 68 funds for projects that will build coastal resilience in the face of sea-level rise. These projects, which include planning, research and construction, will help safeguard public health and safety, preserve biodiversity and […]

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California Partners with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to Enlist Earth-Observing Satellite Data in Climate Change Efforts

SACRAMENTO, November 24, 2020 – A new partnership with Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) will help state agencies better understand climate change impacts and identify opportunities to build resilience, conserve biodiversity and use California’s natural and working lands to store and remove carbon from the atmosphere. The California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection […]

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Putting Science to Action: California/Nevada Tahoe Science Advisory Council elevates efforts to protect and restore Lake Tahoe

Carson City, NV September 3, 2020 – Nevada and California joined forces last week at the 24th annual Lake Tahoe Summit to advance the states’ shared priorities to protect and restore Lake Tahoe. The challenges in Lake Tahoe continue to change and grow every day. The combined pressures of climate change, population growth, and increased […]

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Cities of Laguna Beach and San Clemente to Begin Phased Reopening of Beaches

SACRAMENTO May 4, 2020 – Two cities in Orange County have received approval from state agencies to begin safely restoring public access to the beaches that they operate effective today. The cities of Laguna Beach and San Clemente have submitted plans to allow safe public access to their beaches that include measures to protect public […]

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Sierra Fund a CA Natural Resources Agency grant recipient for the Nisenan Preserve

SACRAMENTO October 3, 2019 – The California Natural Resources Agency announced $37 million in funding for 21 projects under its Cultural, Community and Natural Resources grant program funded by Proposition 68. In 2018, California voters passed the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68), which […]

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California Celebrates Biodiversity Day with BioBlitz Events Across the State

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 6, 2019 – September 7th marks the first official celebration of California Biodiversity Day, an annual event created last year to celebrate the state’s exceptional biodiversity and encourage actions to protect it. Simply put, biodiversity is the variety of all living things in a given place. California is the nation’s most populous state […]

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State Agencies Seek Input on Creating Climate-Resilient Water System

SACRAMENTO June 14, 2019 – State agencies are asking Californians to help shape a roadmap for meeting future water needs and ensuring environmental and economic resilience through the 21st century. The effort seeks to broaden California’s approach on water in the face of a range of existing challenges, including unsafe drinking water, major flood risks […]

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Natural Resources Agency and Department of Conservation Announce Awards for the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program

SACRAMENTO March 12, 2019 – The California Natural Resources Agency and Department of Conservation today announced awarding $20 million in block grants for local and regional projects to improve forest health and increase fire resiliency. Funded by Cap-and-Trade revenues through California Climate Investments, the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program aims to help communities prioritize, […]

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California, Oregon Herald Significant Step toward Klamath River Restoration

December 28, 2018 – Natural resources leaders in California and Oregon hailed today’s release of a draft environmental impact report for a project to reopen hundreds of miles of historic habitat for salmonids along the Klamath River and its tributaries. The report issued by California’s State Water Resources Control Board marks a key step in […]

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Working Group Recommends Steps to Make State’s Infrastructure Climate-Safe

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 5, 2018 – A new report by a working group of scientific and engineering experts outlines a step-wise approach to help California’s infrastructure become more resilient to the growing threats of climate change. The report released today by the Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group, established by AB 2800 (Quirk) of 2016, summarizes the challenges […]

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California Releases New Climate Science, Planning Tools to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts

SACRAMENTO August 27, 2018 – Warning that two-thirds of Southern California’s beaches could completely disappear and the average area burned by wildfires could nearly double by 2100, the State of California today released California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, which details new science on the devastating impacts of climate change and provides planning tools to support […]

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California, Nevada Resources Leaders Issue Statement on Lake Tahoe Clarity

SACRAMENTO June 13, 2018 – California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Nevada Director of Conservation and Natural Resources Bradley Cowell issued the following joint statement on a report indicating Lake Tahoe’s clarity decreased to a record-low annual average in 2017. The report released by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at the University of California, […]

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California Natural Resources Agency Recommends Adding Mokelumne River Segments to State’s Wild and Scenic Rivers System

SACRAMENTO April 20, 2018 – The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) released a final report that recommends adding 37 miles of the upper Mokelumne River to the California Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The report, delivered to the Legislature and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., recommends adding five Mokelumne River segments to the system due […]

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