Water Agency Candidate’s Forum

The Board of Directors of the Amador Resource Conservation District voted at our August 19, 2010 meeting to hold a Water Agency Candidate’s Forum on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the evening.  We held a forum two years ago and the feedback that we got was very positive.  Our objectives for this forum are:
A.  To provide the candidates with an opportunity to get their message out to the voters of Amador County.
B.  To give the voters of the county an opportunity to know the candidates and ask questions of them.
C.  To help ensure that our water agency board of directors is made up of the best qualified individuals.
The previous forum’s format was that each candidate had time to give an opening statement and then we presented a number of questions to the candidates that each was given a chance to answer.  The public also had some time to submit questions of their own.  The forum was moderated by Mr. Giles Turner, a respected teacher at Amador High School and we asked the candidates to hold to some reasonable time frames for their comments and answers.  We expect that the forum will be held at the Supervisors’ chambers in Jackson and that it will not exceed two hours in length.
We would like to solicit questions and issues from all of the candidates.  These would be questions/issues that you all feel need to be brought out for the benefit of the voters.
We feel that the way we organized the forum two years ago promoted the civil and courteous exchange of ideas and we will be sure that this forum is conducted in a similar way.
If you will please get back to me with your availability and your questions/issues, I will keep you informed as to how this is shaping up.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me (296-1569) and if I’m not in my office, please leave me a message.

Ecosystems Services California Survey

The Ca Cattleman’s Association in conjunction with the Rangeland Coalition (which CARCD is a part of) have put together a survey to better understand the potential role that ranchers play in ecosystem services markets.

If you are a rancher please fill out the survey. Please pass this on to ranchers you know.

Link to the survey:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/SZL757Z

More info:

The goal of the survey is to understand ranchers’ level of interest and the potential for developing payments for the ecosystem services (i.e. environmental benefits such as carbon sequestration, water quality improvements, wildlife habitat, etc.) that ranching provides. Emerging markets offer the potential to provide a financial return to ranchers for good environmental stewardship by creating new economic incentives for practices that improve the quality of water, soil, air and wildlife habitat on working landscapes.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Tracy Schohr in the CCA office at (916) 444-0845 or by e-mail at tracy@calcattlemen.org.

Press Release – Agricultural Exemption Ordinance

Press Release – 3/30/10

For the last 1 ½ years, the Amador Resource Conservation District has been working with the County of Amador in the development of an ordinance that would exempt agricultural buildings from the standard building permit process.  On April 6, 2010, the Board of Supervisors will consider the adoption of this ordinance into the county code of ordinances…

Press Release

Web Site Update

Hi All – Just wanted to let you know that I changed some things in the web site based on our last meeting. I moved Projects into Programs, but at a shallower hierarchy then Steve suggested. For usability, the shallower the better (based on my past life as a usability engineer).

Also note that I simplified the right side bar. I hoe it makes more sense. If not, tell me what doesn’t make sense as I will work on it some more.p

so now we need some more content along with confirming that the structure works.

Amador County Resource Conservation District