as amended, Lieu.
begin deleteNatural resources: climate change: grants. end delete
Existing law establishes the Natural Resources Agency consisting of various entities, departments, and boards.end delete
This bill would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with the State Air Resources Board, to develop guidelines for the awarding of grants, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for projects that enhance greenhouse gas emissions avoidance and sequestration associated with natural resources, as specified.end delete
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Part 6 (commencing with Section 71450) is added
25to Division 34 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
(a) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency,
31in coordination with the State Air Resources Board, shall develop
P3 1guidelines for the awarding of grants, upon appropriation by the
2Legislature, for projects that enhance greenhouse gas emissions
3avoidance and sequestration associated with natural resources.
4(b) The guidelines developed pursuant to subdivision (a) shall
5do all of the following:
6(1) Promote climate benefits from reducing greenhouse gas
7emissions associated with transportation emissions and from
8reducing or sequestering greenhouse gas emissions associated with
9improvements in energy conservation or efficiency, promoting
10development of sustainable communities, improving the siting of
11environmentally sensitive distributed energy generation, improving
12regional water supply from regional water filtration and watershed
13enhancements, improving forest management, or increasing the
14urban forestry canopy.
15(2) Provide incentives for innovative pilot projects that can act
16as statewide models for enhancing natural resources emission
17reductions and sequestration from a portion of the grant awards.
18(3) Leverage or maximize the use of other public and private
19funding to either improve the benefits to the climate of existing
20conservation projects or assist in the implementation of
21conservation projects that provide important benefits to the climate.
22(4) Promote investments in projects that include cobenefits,
23including adaptation, improved water supply and quality, and
24public health improvements.
25(5) Ensure that appropriate funding levels will be dedicated to
26conservation projects in disadvantaged communities.
27(c) To minimize administration costs associated with
28implementing this part, the Secretary of the Natural Resources
29Agency shall use existing programs, including, but not limited to,
30programs administered pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with
31Section 4799.06) of Part 2.5 of Division 4, Chapter 3.8
32(commencing with Section 5750) of Division 5, Division 10.4
33(commencing with Section 10330), Chapter 3 (commencing with
34Section 31100) of Division 21, Chapter 1 (commencing with
35Section 32600) of Division 22.8, and Chapter 3 (commencing with
36Section 33200) of Division 23, for competitive grants in forestry,
37open space, sustainable agriculture, and watershed enhancements
38to further the goals of this part. Funds also may be administered
39pursuant to Division 22.3 (commencing with Section 32300),
40Division 22.5 (commencing with Section 32500), Division 22.7
P4 1(commencing with Section 32550), Division 22.9 (commencing
2with Section 32630), Division 23.3 (commencing with Section
333300) and Division 23.5 (commencing with Section 33500).
Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5
5(commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title
62 of the Government Code) shall not apply to the development
7and adoption of guidelines adopted pursuant to this part.
8(e) The development and adoption of the guidelines pursuant
9to this part shall provide for public participation.