10 million in funding for the Strategic Plan’s climate action priorities | Press releases | County Administrator’s Office

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Sainte Rose, CaliforniaFebruary 2, 2022 The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved $10 million in funding for projects that align with the county’s 2021-2026 five-year strategic plan and encourage climate action and resilience efforts.

Each of the strategic plan projects that were funded using the $5 million set aside in the 2021 budget hearings fell under one of the five strategic pillars. The five pillars are healthy and safe communities, organizational excellence, racial equity and social justice, climate action and resilience, and resilient infrastructure.

As part of Tuesday’s vote, the council also approved $5 million for a variety of local climate resiliency projects ranging from a residential stormwater catchment rebate pilot program and training, to planning for the resilience to drought and land acquisition for the creation of more cycle paths.

“This is an opportunity to put our money where our mouths are – in the future that we leave to our children – climate resilience,” said Supervisor James Gore, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “Each of these projects moves us forward to respond to the realities of our changing climate and simply be better stewards of our planet.”

The 21 approved projects of the Strategic Plan include:

  • $800,800 for the development of a three-year mobile program for personal and child support services that would allow for on-site satellite services at each of the three priority events and special visits to reach new clients.
  • $500,000 to complete a greenhouse gas inventory for all county government operations and to develop a study of carbon sequestration potential. Carbon sequestration plays a critical role in achieving net carbon neutrality goals.
  • $450,000 to replace the probation service’s aging case management system. Updating the case management and behavioral response system would lead to better supervision of probation.
  • $356,000 to replace two radio channel repeaters to support countywide emergency radio coverage. Repeaters have been in service for over 25 years and need to be replaced.
  • $265,000 for outreach and engagement to promote resources that help residents strengthen their homes against wildfires.
  • $200,000 for the development of electric vehicle charging stations at county-owned and leased properties. This would support the county’s goal of replacing its fleet of internal combustion engines with electric motor vehicles.

Climate resilience financing projects that have been approved include:

  • $185,548 for a pilot countywide rebate and training program to promote residential stormwater catchment.
  • $275,000 for documentation of historical, current and future flood risks.
  • $121,400 to develop a model construction, demolition and deconstruction ordinance through Zero Waste Sonoma to support waste diversion and recycling tracking.
  • $50,000 to conduct a community poll or survey around a possible climate tax measure.
  • $300,000 to assess historic and current droughts, establishing action plans for each oversight district to advocate for local, state and federal funding opportunities.
  • $440,000 to secure agreements with landowners to acquire 20 trails to create Class 1 bike paths.
  • $400,000 to investigate opportunities for flood managed aquifer recharge to recharge aquifers with excess flood water.
  • $378,720 to install a solar array and battery backup at Doran Beach Regional Park to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • $500,000 for the application of compost on agricultural and community sites, increasing carbon sequestration.
  • $380,250 to hire a registered professional forester to develop and manage county tree preservation and improvement programs.
  • $870,000 to upgrade the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building with solar power and storage batteries.
  • $901,230 for other energy upgrades to the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building to include lighting, windows, heat pumps, water heater and air conditioning.
  • $250,000 to facilitate the mapping of an emergency food web system.

The Climate Resilience Fund includes $10 million the board allocated in May 2021 using PG&E settlement funds stemming from the 2017 Sonoma complex fires. The board earmarked about half of those funds Tuesday for future projects, in particular those which mobilize external subsidies. A second round of funding is expected later in 2022.

In total, the council allocated $4.96 million from the county’s general fund to strategic plan priorities, and an additional $5.05 million from the Climate Resilience Fund to climate action.

The strategic plan provides the context to inform policies and plans in the years ahead and indicates how the county can align short- and long-term goals with operations and funding decisions.

In the June 2021 budget hearings, the board set aside $5 million for the first year of the strategic plan projects. County staff evaluated the 27 projects to recommend priority projects based on parameters such as consideration of climate, equity, timing and other factors.

For more information on Sonoma County’s five-year strategic plan, visit socostrategicplan.org.

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