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November 15, 2017

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Truckee Town Council Meeting on 100% Renewable Resolution

Join the Alliance at this Truckee Town Council meeting where they will consider the proposed resolution for the Town of Truckee to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050. Bring your comments and enthusiasm for renewable energy! Sign the petition to encourage them to adopt the resolution here!

Date: November 28th at 6 pm
Location: Town Hall, Truckee, CA

Please click here for more details and to RSVP.

Webinar: Towards Equitable Adaptation - Key Concepts & Recommendations

Join for the first webinar of ARCCA's Learning Session series on integrating justice and equity into climate adaptation. This webinar will provide an overview of key climate justice and equity concepts, considerations, and strategies, and highlight the Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG)'s recommendations for including frontline communities in policy and funding decisions.

Date: December 6th, 11 am - 12 pm
Please click here for more details and to register.

Public Lands Alliance Convention

The Public Lands Alliance Convention and Trade Show brings together nonprofits, land management agencies and companies to learn, network and engage on public lands issues.

Date: February 25th - March 1st
Location: Palm Springs, CA

Please click here for more details and to register.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

California Program Coordinator - Defenders of Wildlife

This professional-level position is responsible for conducting outreach and education to diverse communities, and assisting with wildlife conservation and climate change policy for the California Program of Defenders of Wildlife. Through constituency building, public education, and strategic communications, the California Program Coordinator will strengthen Defenders’ wildlife conservation and climate change advocacy. This position also will assist in the development environmental advocacy campaigns, legislative efforts, and policy.

For more info, click here.

State Policy Associate - ClimatePlan

ClimatePlan’s network carries out numerous campaigns around the state. The State Policy Associate must possess the skills to think creatively and strategically about our issues to influence policymakers and key decision-makers. The State Policy Associate must also provide strong analysis to shape California state policy and funding on climate change, equity, land use, housing, health, and conservation. This position can be based out of ClimatePlan's Oakland or Sacramento office. Application deadline is November 27th.

For more info, please click here.

Conservation Project Associate - Audubon California

The Conservation Project Associate is an integral member of Audubon California’s Working Lands Team, supporting projects to enhance the habitat value of managed wetlands and agricultural lands for birds and other wildlife. This position is based in Sacramento, California and is open until filled.

For more info, please click here.


Petition: Encourage Truckee to Commit to 100% Renewable!

Sign this petition today to encourage Truckee to be the third community in the Sierra to pledge 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and renewable energy by 2050! The Alliance is excited to be working Sierra-wide to organize community coalitions towards this goal as part of our Climate Program. Our goal is to obtain at least 1000 signatures on this petition and a unanimous vote by Truckee Town Council this fall. Join us at the meeting where the Truckee Town Council will hear this matter on November 28th at 6 pm. See the event listing above.

Sign the petition here!

Petition: Protect Our Mountains - Help MAP Challenge Martis Valley West

Support Mountain Area Preservation's (MAP) efforts to challenge the approval of the Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan project, a 760-unit development located on the pristine Brockway Summit ridgeline, straddling Lake Tahoe and Martis Valley. Impacts to Lake Tahoe including increased traffic, public safety hazards, severe fire danger, diminished lake clarity and loss of our starry nights, highlight the detrimental damage this project will have on the region.

Sign the petition here!

RFP: Foothill Conservancy Seeks Strategic Planning Consultant

The Foothill Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) community-based, grassroots conservation group, is seeking an experienced strategic planning consultant to design and facilitate a participatory planning process that will create a 5-7 year strategic plan for the organization.

To view the RFP, please click here.

Grant: Training and Technical Assistance for Small Systems Funding

The funding will help provide water and wastewater system staff and private well owners with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and support EPA’s continuing efforts to protect public health and promote sustainability in small communities. Application deadline: December 4, 2017

For more information, please click here.

Grant: Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training

This funding aims to deliver Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. Application deadline: December 15, 2017

For more information, please click here.

USACE Watershed Analysis Tool Available

The Watershed Analysis Tool (HEC-WAT) software developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a model integration tool that allows multi-disciplinary teams to perform water resources studies. HEC-WAT accomplishes this through a framework that provides the user with the ability to perform studies in a comprehensive, systems-based approach. The HEC-WAT is now available for free download.

To learn more, please click here.

Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program

The SGWP Grant Program provides funds for projects that develop and implement sustainable groundwater planning and projects. Eligible applicants include public agencies, non-profit organizations, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, state Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission's Tribal Consultation list, and mutual water companies. Over $86.3 million available. Application deadline is November 13th.

To learn more, please click here.



Town of Truckee
100% Renewable Campaign

On November 28th, the Truckee Town Council will be considering a resolution to commit to 100% community-wide renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050. The Sierra Nevada Alliance has initiated, organized, and facilitated a grassroots community coalition to encourage this initiative.

If passed, this will be the third community in the Sierra to commit to this resolution since the Alliance's Regional Climate Change Program became reinvigorated in January 2017!

Truckee follows South Lake Tahoe and Nevada City in their similar resolutions. The Alliance's Regional Climate Change Program goal is to achieve 100% renewable resolutions in all major communities across the Sierra, truly linking the "Range of Light." Not only is the Alliance helping to organize to pass these resolutions, but we are also staying engaged through the action planning process, and connecting the communities together to share resources and lessons learned.

This report recently written by the Sierra Club highlights the accomplishments of the cities who have committed to 100% renewable so far. Check out the highlight on South Lake Tahoe.

Additional renewable campaign coalitions have been formed in Mammoth and Reno at present. If you would like to explore this opportunity in your community, don't hesitate to call or email the Sierra Nevada Alliance today.

Join us at the Truckee Town Council meeting on Tuesday, November 28th at 6pm to encourage Truckee to adopt the renewable energy resolution! RSVP to the event on the facebook page below to stay informed.

Sign and share the Truckee petition here!

Like our 100% Renewable Truckee Facebook page.


The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership is Hiring!

The 11th year of the SNAP program kicked off recently, but we are still looking to fill two positions! We are seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to a year of service to protect Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities. During the year, SNAP members will gain skills and technical training, mentor with outstanding environmental leaders and receive an education award at the successful completion of service. The 2017-18 term runs from now until September 16, 2018. Please review the available positions below and reach out to Lynn Baumgartner at if interested in applying!

Open Positions:

Natural Resources Field Crew Lead, Butte County RCD/California State Parks in Oroville
The natural resources field crew carries out stewardship projects such as habitat restoration of riparian forest, oak woodlands, grasslands, and mixed conifer forest, invasive plant and animal species control, GPS feature surveys with GIS mapping, volunteer event organization, fence installation, and native plant nursery management.

COSA Education Coordinator, Bishop Paiute Tribe in Bishop
The COSA Educational Coordinator will join the staff of the Bishop Paiute Tribe Environmental Management Office to assist the Natural Resource Program on selected wetland habitat restoration projects; coordination and development of educational activities and to organize and participate in series of selected community environmental outreach events. The main project is assisting with the Bishop Paiute Tribe Conservation Open Space Area (COSA) project and the nearby Fish Slough area located on BLM managed Volcanic Tablelands.
Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Groups and Supporters: It would be wonderful if you would share these openings with your networks. Thank you for your support!

We are accepting applications for these positions on a rolling basis and aim to fill them as soon as possible! Click here to apply!

Save the Date:
Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe, March 30th!


Mark your calendars for our annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at MontBleu in South Lake Tahoe, happening the evening of March 30, 2018! Please stay tuned for additional information.

Our Wild and Scenic Film Festival combines award-winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Featured films will include exciting outdoor adventures, environmental battles and inspirational stories of people making a difference. The film festival supports the Alliance’s work to protect and restore the Sierra through our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.

Additional information here.


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Recent News

Climate Change

Climate Science Special Report
U.S. Global Change Research Program, Fall 2017

Sierra Link: A team of climate change experts has released the Climate Science Special Report. It looks at the physical science of climate change, with a focus on the United States. The report is Volume I of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.

California Governor Talks Climate Change at Vatican
SF Gate, 11/5/17

Sierra Link: California Governor Jerry Brown says dealing with climate change will take not just scientific but religious commitment.


Desert Treasure Under Threat
Linda Castro, SVC News, 11/3/17

Sierra Link: Conglomerate Mesa lies in the southern Inyo Mountains, sandwiched between the Sierra Nevada range and Death Valley National Park. Unfortunately, Conglomerate Mesa is being threatened with a gold mine.

The Cool Beginnings of a Volcano’s Supereruption
Shannon Hall, New York Times, 11/6/17

Sierra Link: A supervolcano’s underground ocean of magma isn’t the seething, red-hot molten lava you might imagine. After studying the Long Valley Caldera near Mammoth, scientists have new ideas.


Want to Skip Black Friday Chaos? You Can Get Free Passes to These State Parks Instead
Kalin Kipling, Sacramento Bee, 11/5/17

Sierra Link: These parks may not be in the Sierra, but if you are traveling to the redwoods around Thanksgiving this list will help you find a free park to attend!

In a Rural Northern California Valley, a Development Battle Asks: Is a Helicopter a Tractor?
Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 11/5/17

Sierra Link: Community disagreement is sparked when a neighbor moves into their rural town and builds a private helipad on his property.


California Westlands Water Settlement in Limbo
Emily Benson, High Country News, 11/10/17

Sierra Link: Learn more about this proposed water deal that may have the potential to impact the tone of water policy elsewhere in California, including the Sierra.

What Do We Know About Mountain Snowpack, Runoff? Far Too Little
Matt Weiser, NewsDeeply, 11/8/17

Sierra Link: A new wireless sensor network in one Sierra Nevada watershed aims to fill yawning data gaps about snowpack, rainfall and runoff potential. The result could be safer flood forecasts and better water supply projections, says University of California professor Roger Bales.


Why We Still Kill Cougars
Ryan Sabalow and Phillip Reese, Sacramento Bee, 11/3/17

Sierra Link: California voters banned mountain lion hunting three decades ago, but the shooting never stopped. Last year, livestock owners and professional trappers, houndsmen and sharpshooters killed 120 mountain lions, including five each in El Dorado and Placer counties.

How Birds are Rescheduling their Lives Around Climate Change
Elaina Hancock, UConn Today, 11/13/17

Sierra Link: Researchers from the University of Connecticut, the United States Agency for International Development, and University of California, Berkeley show that Californian birds have shifted their breeding window earlier by about one week over the past 70 years.

Other Articles

Public Supply and Domestic Water Use in the United States, 2015
Cheryl Dieter and Molly Maupin, USGS, Fall 2017

The USGS National Water Use Science Project has estimated water use in the US every 5 years since 1950. This report provides an overview of total population, public-supply use, including the population that is served by public-supply systems and the domestic deliveries to those users, and self-supplied domestic water use in the United States for 2015.

Stanford Study Probes Psychological Resistance to Recycled Water
Mitch Tobin, NewsDeeply, 11/3/17

While most Californians are in favor of using recycled water for nonpotable purposes, research has found that only 11 percent would drink it. A Stanford study examines the reasons why and the policy implications.

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