Governor Brown signed AB 2480 in September. AB 2480 identifies the importance of maintaining the reliability of California’s water supply by financing the maintenance and repair of watersheds on the same basis as other water collection and treatment infrastructure. In addition, to the extent feasible, the bill ensures that the maintenance and repair activities eligible are limited to certain forest ecosystem management activities.
The Sierra Nevada region provides a wealth of benefits to California. These benefits are in jeopardy because the region desperately needs large-scale restoration. The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group’s Master Stewardship Agreement, which targets the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed, provides a model for restoring the entire Sierra Nevada region.