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Get a Front Row Seat to the Green Revolution Taking Place in Yolo County

Tuesday 5/28 - This Yolo County Climate Action Commission Meeting is a must-see - 4:00 to 6:30 pm


By Scott Steward

Big plans. The Commission (and UCD) turn plans into implementation. Big dollars are going to be spent (UCD plans on spending $58M a year for the next 17 years), and if you are an EV enthusiast, a water protector, a Green House Gas Reduction professional, activist or a professional activist - at least get the meeting agenda notes to read if you can’t attend - 4:00-6:30 on Tuesday, May 28th.

As many of our regular Council meeting attendees know, these are necessarily procedural meetings. This is just a courtesy to new attendees: the meeting has Zoom access, and brief constructive comments are encouraged.

Item 5a: Request for Proposal for the County’s conversion to a ZEV fleet - Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan RFP Release

Item 6. Kristin Sicke,  Executive Officer of Yolo Subbasin Groundwater Agency, will deliver a report on the Agency’s status and progress toward rational regulation of water in the area.   You might recall the Davisite.org OPED about our county’s water situation.  We are now at a point where well permits are allowed, and for the interim, the Groundwater Agency has not finished its methodology for sustaining water levels in the area.  

The big worry is that in the “study area” (Capay Valley and North and other areas), farmers and residents are experiencing sustained drops in water levels and have given much of their time to tell the County about it.  Drops associated with existing wells, even after these last 3 average/wet years.

Water is life, and we will want to use more of it if the temperature keeps rising for everything, not just expanding ag ventures.  The Yolo Subbasin Groundwater Agency is in a rush to get to a rational way to insist on regulating the amount of water drafted (with the State’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to back the Yolo Agency up).  In the meantime, 22 more (many industrial-strength) straws are applying for permits to suck the water out of the ground)

Item 7. This meeting also contains Carla Fresquez’s report on how UCD will become nearly all electric and source just 5% of its energy from GHG-dependent sources by 2040.  

These plans have budgets, and they are actions that were not on the drawing board at the turn of the century.  Water sustainability, greenhouse gas reduction, Zero-emission vehicles, 100% conversion to building electrification.  This is a great step forward in what is amounting to the "quiet" green energy revolution in Yolo.  Take notice, help out, and take pride in how our county is leading the way.

May 28, 2024| 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM 


via Zoom at https://yolocounty.zoom.us/j/87876273446


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