California Wastewater Climate Change Group Comments on the DRAFT report Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk
To Whom It May Concern:
The California Wastewater Climate Change Group (CWCCG) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the draft report Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk (Draft Safeguarding Plan) prepared by the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA). The CWCCG is a statewide group of small, medium, and large municipalities that collect and treat over 90 percent of the municipal wastewater in California, many of whom also provide recycled water services and actively participate in the beneficial use of biosolids and biogas. The CWCCG’s mission is to address climate change policies, initiatives, and challenges through a unified voice advocating for wastewater community perspectives. CWCCG members are actively engaged in helping the State achieve its multiple mandates and goals set for 2020 under Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) to mitigate climate change and its impacts. These include: (1) providing 33 percent of the State’s energy needs from renewable sources; (2) reducing carbon dioxide equivalent emissions to 1990 levels; (3) reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel used in the State by 10 percent; and (4) recycling 75 percent of the solid waste generated in the State.