Despite hope that an El Niño year would alleviate California’s exceptional drought, expectations are that water will once again be scarce in 2016-17. Farmers and urban areas alike will face restrictions, and wildlife that depends on rivers and streams will be stressed. This renewal grant to the Resources Legacy Fund will support its Drought Initiative, an effort to modernize state water policy to better respond to a less predictable water future caused by climate change and the growing demands put on the state’s water supplies. To achieve its goals, the fund will analyze water policy options and educate policymakers, the public, and the press.
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Grants to this Grantee
for the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition
This grant supports the ongoing collaboration and climate and land-use planning efforts of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, for which the Resources Legacy Fund serves as fiscal sponsor. Leaders from five tribes founded the coalition in 2015, representing a historic consortium of sovereign tribal nations united in the effort to conserve the Bears Ears cultural landscape. (Substrategy: Advance Conservation Protections)
for the Conservation Litigation Project
Resources Legacy Fund’s Conservation Litigation Project works with a network of expert academics and partner organizations to advance legal scholarship and analysis in support of conservation of public lands and water, and related wildlife policies. The project organizes and facilitates the filing by academics of comments in administrative proceedings and amicus briefs in critical litigation. The project raises the profile of legal issues related to public lands for both legal and general audiences. (Substrategy: Defend Public Lands)
for the California Parks Forward Initiative
The California state parks system is the largest and most diverse in the country. Yet it has failed to keep up with the state’s changing needs and does not have the financial resources to care for and operate the system in the future. This grant would support the creation of a collaborative effort that would combine expertise, funding, and public involvement to develop and implement a new vision and long-term plan for the state parks to meet the future needs of Californians. The Parks Forward Initiative, to be coordinated by Resources Legacy Fund, has won the support of the governor’s office as well as the California Parks Commission. The Packard, Moore, Bechtel, and Irvine foundations, among others, have joined to support this effort.