Minutes

Resource Conservation District of Mono County

Post Office Box 327

Coleville, CA 96107

Phone: 775-461-6550

                                             Web site: monorcd.org                                                                                Email: monocountyrcd@gmail.com

 

                                      

 

MINUTES Phone Conference Meeting: 05/02/2018

 

Attending by phone: Hal Curti, Chair, Director Jim Reid, Director, Kristie Nelson, Director, Marcus Bunn (part of meeting), Director, Dwain Chichester, Director, John Peters Mono County Supervisor and Bruce Woodworth, Mono Co. RCD Coordinator.

 

(Board Voting, example [Chichester/Bunn 3-1-0] indicating motion by Chichester, second by Bunn, vote 3 ayes, 1 nays, 0 abstentions.)

 

Public Comments:

 

Curti: 1. University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Mono Co. RCD scholarship was not awarded for the third year in a row. Curti & Chichester will be in touch with UNR. 2) CA RCD state dues ($300) suggested for next RCD meeting discussion.

 

Peters alerted the Board about the latest Los Angeles Water and Power activities and Board of National Fish & a Wildlife Fund (NFWF) discussion before the up-coming Collaborative Planning Meeting. Discussion led to pursing an “outreach” meeting for the NFWF information at the September RCD meeting.

 

Action Items. Discussion, direction by the Board and possible approval as proposed or amended:

 

1.     Repay Jim Reid $95.88 for website expense [AE 18101]. [Chichester/Bunn] 4-0-1 (Reid abstaining).

2.     Contribute $250 [AE 18102] to Inyo Mono Regional Water Management Group [Bunn/Reid] 5-0-0.

3.     Approve “Accounting Process (Compilation)” as recommended by Mono County Finance. [Reid/Nelson] 4-0-0 [Bunn had left the meeting].

 

Consent / Information Items.

           

            1. Director’s Report: none

            2. NRCS presentation: none

            4. Coordinator’s Report: none.

            5. Approval of Minutes from previous meeting. [Chichester/Reid] 4-0-0.

 

Respectfully,

Bruce D. Woodworth





MINUTES: 1/10/2018

 

Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Director Jim Reid, Director, Kristie Nelson, Director, Marcus Bunn, Director, Dwain Chichester, Director, Sussana Danner Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT), Jim Gifford & Trina Johnson & Tracey Jean Wolfe, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Jake Suppa, Mono County and Bruce Woodworth, Mono Co. RCD Coordinator.

 

(Board Voting, example [Chichester/Bunn 3-1-0] indicating motion by Chichester, second by Bunn, vote 3 ayes, 1 nays, 0 abstentions.)

 

Public Comments:

 

            Jake Suppa, Community Development, Mono Co. Sustainable Agriculture Study.  Described draft conclusions of the study and asked for comments on a very substantive, associated GIS website --  http://www.bistatesagegrouse.com/general/page/geodatabase. Hoop houses require no building permit. “Local” food is within 200 miles.

 

Action Items. Discussion, direction by the Board and possible approval as proposed or amended:

 

Gifford, Danner, Johnson: Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

Mar. 16 is application due date. If you till land you are not eligible for the Grasslands of

Special Significance designation in the Agricultural Conservation Easements Program

(ACEP).

            Eligible if not more than adjusted gross income $900k average over the past 3 years for

NRCS, but under RCPP can make an exception to the limit of $900k.

EQIP projects have $450k limit. Lessors of public lands can apply.

            Discussion on components of making ranking decisions.

            Board participated in the discussion but did not take a formal vote.

 

Compensation for Coordinator for RCPP participation. $25/ hr., mileage only after 400 miles (not anticipated), after which it would be Federal Mileage rate. [Motion Reid, 2nd Bunn] 5-0-0.

 

 

Consent / Information Items.

           

            1. Director’s Report: none

            2. NRCS presentation: (as above).

            4. Coordinator’s Report: none.

            5. Approval of Minutes from previous meeting. [Nelson/Bunn] 5-0-0.

 

Respectfully,

Bruce D. Woodworth


 

MINUTES: 9/13/2017

 

Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Director Jim Reid, Director, Kristie Nelson, Director, Marcus Bunn, Director, Dwain Chichester, Director, Sussana Danner Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT), Jim Gifford & Jessica Gwerder, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Justin Nalder, Mono Co and Bruce Woodworth, Mono Co. RCD Coordinator.

(Board Voting, example [Chichester/Bunn 3-1-0] indicating motion by Chichester, second by Bunn, vote 3 ayes, 1 nays, 0 abstentions.)

 

Public Comments: Nalder & Curti concerning a solid waste grant opportunity.

 

Action Items. Discussion, direction by the Board and possible approval as proposed or amended:

 

Item 1              Tabled

Items 2-6         Approved [Reid/Bunn 5-0-0]

AE 11111        Designation of an authorized expenditure.

 

1.         CARCD dues ($300) [AE 17107]

2.         District Coordinator repayment for RCD Mail Box – $70.00 (Check 4431 04-14-2017). [AE 17104]

3.         District Coordinator compensation [AE 17101] $1,087 from 02-09-2017 through 04-09-2017 for work on BRO Grant, prior to BRO authorization.

4.         Invoice to BRO from RCD for work completed under AE 17101, $427.

5.         District Coordinator compensation [AE 17105] $427 from 04-10-2017 (BRO authorization) through 08-01-2017 (end of contract).

6.         District Coordinator repayment $816 for Beehive Dir. Ins. (check #4441 07-31-2017) [AE 17106].

7.         Discussion of ranking system for Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

 

Danner/Gifford/Gwerder:

Bi-State $8m received by ESLT. Approved MOU. EQIP may help BRO.  Woodworth keep track of match hours contribution by RCD.

Ranking system to work with NV & CA. Alpine, Inyo & Mono Co. in the RCPP.

This is a Program, not a Grant.

Healthy sage grouse ecosystem & water quality per Danner. RCPP. Only landowners are eligible for next 5 years.

            ACEP. Sage grouse habitat. Meadows. Winter habitat (leks), threat to develop (population  growth), Apply earlier because min. of 2 years to get check. Easement is for perpetuity. US program money to be 75% of assessed value. In CA, some state funding available to use as matching funds for the remaining 25%: Strategic Growth Council, Ca Deer Assoc., for example, if development impending. This is not a lot of money when buying easements. Any land trust can apply if eligible for NRCS rules. EQIP. Same rules, then ranking system. Can apply any of the five years. Wetlands reserve easement – restoration. Cannot later apply for EQIP funds. CSP is incompatible with this, but can switch out of CSP which is only 5 years. Tilled land is not RCPP. Rather to grasslands.

 

WRID land is quasi-public, so a Land Trust cannot hold an easement on public land.

 

Local Work meeting to set up a ranking process, but it is not very influential on determining the ranking weighting. But a meeting might have other reasons to make other determinations.

 

Timelines RCPP. Deadlines: Easement in January. And there will be 4 rounds.

           

Gifford – some more contracts done. Emergency conservation work with FSA. 40 applications, environ review by NRCS. Flood & Fire.

 

BRO meeting in Oct. 16th week. WRID hesitant to have work on their property. Waiver 5 years with Lahontan just approved. NRCS & ESLT to attend upcoming BRO meeting. Water Quality REC 1 category is for direct contact (swimming), Rec. 2 is indirect (fishing).

           

Woodworth must invoice BRO.

 

Consent / Information Items.

           

            1. Director’s Report: none

            2. NRCS presentation: (as above).

            4. Coordinator’s Report: none.

            5. Approval of Minutes from previous meeting. [Bunn/Reid 4-0-1(Nelson who had not attended the previous meeting.)]

 

Respectfully,

Bruce D. Woodworth




Resource Conservation District of Mono County

Post Office Box 327

Coleville, CA 96107

Phone: 775-461-6550

                                             Web site: monorcd.org                                                                                Email: monocountyrcd@gmail.com

 

MINUTES:

 

Attending by phone: Hal Curti, Chair, Director Jim Reid, Director, Marcus Bunn, Director, Dwain Chichester, Director, Kristie Nelson, Director, Jim Gifford, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Bruce Woodworth, Mono Co. RCD Coordinator.

 

(Board Voting, example [Chichester/Bunn 3-1-0] indicating motion by Chichester, second by Bunn, vote 3 ayes, 1 nays, 0 abstentions.)

 

[No Public Comments.]

 

B. Action Items.

 

1.     Approved. [Bunn, Chichester 5-0-0]

District Coordinator compensation proposal effective 04-06-2017, includes all taxes owed, travel expenses and provides all office requirements for the work, as an independent contractor:

$0/hr. for administrative work [not changed, $0/hr. since 2010],

$25/hr. [$20/hr. since 2010], for authorized work in pursuit of grant funding.

$50/hr. [$30/hr. since 2010] for working on active grants. Now includes mileage and lodging.

 

 

2.    Tabled.

Contract/compensation details with Bridgeport Ranchers Organization (BRO) for Bridgeport Valley Water Quality project.

 

Staff Recommendation:

1.     Hourly rate to be paid by BRO to RCD shall be 105% of RCD staff compensation for work associated with the BRO project from the date of the contract between the two organizations. Hours by RCD staff prior to the approval of the contract shall be deemed a contribution by RCD.

2.    Additionally, a prorated[1] share of the yearly insurance cost of RCD (currently $816) shall be paid by BRO.

3.    RCD will act as administrator of the BRO water quality initiatives as authorized by BRO Board, grantee of RCD solicited grant funds and fiscal agent (paymaster) to consultants and other required venders for the above. As such, RCD will require deposits from BRO from which imbursements shall be made.

 

C. Consent / Information Items.

        

1.     Director’s Report.  Information from any Director as to their

 areas/activities. None.

2.    NRCS presentation. Update of Eastern Sierra Land Trust Partnership which involves Sage Grouse recovery and water quality improvements via

EQIP. Currently $600k for projects – predominantly Conservation Easements. Also the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Gifford will be working out of the Reno office for four months, but available by normal contacts. 2014 Farm Bill is not anticipated to change because of new policies in Washington, but there will be funds cut from NRCS.

3.    Received noticed from UNR that no scholarship was awarded because no

one met the qualifications (letter forwarded to Curti).

4.  Coordinator’s Report. Ongoing participation in the Bridgeport Ranchers’

     Organization/Lahontan planning.

         5.  Approval of Minutes from previous meeting. [Reid, Bunn 4-0-1]

         6.  Web Hosting invoices: Jim Reid: $95.88 for 2016 AE17102 and $95.88 for

     2017 AE17103 [AE = authorized expenditure number]. [Nelson, Bunn 5-0-0].

 Respectfully,

Bruce D. Woodworth

 


[1]  Where the RCD has other large projects ongoing, those projects will be assessed a pro-rated share of that RCD insurance cost as assigned by the RCD Board.


Coordinator Compensation Proposal

       

                   Bruce Woodworth, Independent Contractor[1].

                           824 Burcham Flat Rd., Coleville, CA 96107

530-402-6422 

 woodworthsaw@gmail.com

 

This proposal is a contract which can be terminated by either the Mono County RCD (District) or the Contractor with one month’s notice.

 

The purpose of the compensation structure is to give an incentive to the Coordinator.  If only the mail is opened and the bills are paid, the District pays nothing.  If authorized Projects are pursued, the Coordinator’s compensation is better.  When District Projects are successfully funded and active, compensation is best.

 

Hourly Compensation:

                  $00/hr. for normal administration of the District

$25/hr. for Coordinator’s work advancing a potential District project.

$50/hr. for oversight/administration of a Project after it is

         externally funded.

 

No charge to District:

Office administration, correspondence, non-audit accounting, liaison, travel mileage, meals, lodging and time at non-Project meetings.  Coordinator may not Be available to attend all meetings.

                 

Expenses, when authorized, to be (re) paid to the Coordinator by the District:                  Normal overhead such as Postage & stationary & envelopes /                             District Mail Box, computer storage media for records.

         Telephone charges if they exceed those available on Contractor’s                                    current phone plan.

         Costs of consultants (such as attorneys or accountants).

        Advantages in employing an independent contractor as the Coordinator:

         The contractor bears many of the burdens of reporting/noticing                    and employee tax matters. And is also responsible for purchase                            and maintenance of appropriate computers, printers, scanners and                           word processing, accounting, GIS software for Coordinator’s use.

 

Bruce Woodworth reserves the right to use any document wording he has                          created for the RCD for other purposes as well.

 


[1]  And acknowledged as an Officer of the RCD for insurance purposes.



Resource Conservation District of Mono County

Post Office Box 327

Coleville, CA 96107

Phone: 775-461-6550

                                             Web site: monorcd.org                                                                                Email: monocountyrcd@gmail.com

 

MINUTES: Jan. 25, 2017

 

Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Director Jim Reid, Director, Marcus Bunn, Director, Dwain Chichester, Director, Jim Gifford, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Danna Stroud, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and Bruce Woodworth, Mono Co. RCD Coordinator.

 

(Board Voting, example [Chichester/Bunn 3-1-0] indicating motion by Chichester, second by Bunn, vote 3 ayes, 1 nays, 0 abstentions.)

 

[No Public Comments.]

 

1.     Election of Officers. Motion Chichester, 2nd Bunn to retain Curti as Chair and Chichester as Secretary/Treasurer. [Vote 4-0-0]

2.     Endorsements of term-expiring directors (Hal Curti & Jim Reid) to Mono Co. Board of Supervisors. Motion by Bunn, 2nd by Chichester. [Vote 3-0-1 with nominees abstaining.]

3.     Sweep Program. Tabled. 4-0.

4.     Endorsement by Board of intentions by the Bridgeport Ranchers Organization for water quality amelioration in the Bridgeport Valley as described by Marcus Bunn. Further, the Board is willing to contract as fiscal agent for grant and other funding applications in this regard. Motion by Chichester, 2nd by Reid. [Vote 4-0-0]. Coordinator is to prepare a letter, if required, and attend a Feb. 9, 2017 Lahontan Water Quality meeting, if requested.

 

 C. Consent / Information Items.

           

            1. Director’s Report.  No reports.

            2. NRCS presentation. Gifford described anti-discrimination, board diversity and sexual harassment policies of NRCS as well as details of the Conservation Stewardship Program. In addition he handed out the ESLT News Release regarding the $8 million in funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the current snowpack report and inquired about any flooding damage in the Walker River basins.

 

            3. Approval of Minutes from previous meeting. Motion Bunn, 2nd Reid. [Vote 4-0-0].

 

 Respectfully,

Bruce D. Woodworth

 

Resource Conservation District of Mono County

Post Office Box 327

Coleville, CA 96107

Phone: 775-461-6550

                               Web site: monorcd.org                               

                         Email: monocountyrcd@gmail.com

 

MINUTES for Wednesday, May 4, 2016 RCD meeting.

 

Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Dwain Chichester, Secretary, Director Marcus Bunn, Director Jim Reid, Jim Gifford, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Susanna Danner, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Kristie Nelson, Danna Stroud, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Rachel Williams, US Fish & Wildlife and Bruce Woodworth, RCD Coordinator.

 

(Board Voting, example [Chichester/Bunn 3-0-0] indicating motion by Chichester, second by Bunn, vote 3 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions.)

 

A.    Comments from the Public.

 

Williams described Partners for Fish & Wildlife program on private lands. 1:1 Match typically, but can use in-kind matches. Technical assistance is available. Coordination with NRCS.

 

Schools can apply for $5,000 toward teaching gardens (Pollinator, Habitat, Monarch Butterfly, etc.) to enhance curriculum.

 

B. Action Items.

 

1.     Appoint Kristie Nelson to replace Ilene Mandelbaum as Director through

11-30-2018.   [Chichester/Reid 4-0-0]

 

Nelson spoke about her experience and agricultural involvement.

 

2.    Discussion of obstacles to the adoption of conservation easements:

 

Danner described her professional background and current position as Land Director with Eastern Sierra Land Trust whose writ extends beyond Mono County into Inyo and Alpine counties in CA as well as into western NV.

 

Notable is the special fund of Bi-State Sage Grouse monies ($10m over 5 years) which does not require a formal match (although 1:1 is preferred) and which targets this region. In-kind contributions qualify.

 

Also the CA Sustainable Agriculture Lands Conservation (SALC) program which is financed by Climate Change funding to diminish the carbon cost attributable to residentially subdivided land.

 

And Wetlands easements can be funded to 100% by NRCS.

 

Remarked on the practical difficulty in amending a Conservation Easement and that generally a conservation easement will appraise at 40-50% of the property value.

 

Jim Gifford added that the Equip application deadline for CA is June 17. The NRCS biologist position in Minden was lost and NRCS will try to coordinate with other agencies to fill the void.

 

3. Authorized repayment to Coordinator of $300 for CA RCD (Bruce Woodworth check 4041 04-13-2016). [AE 16106] [Reid/Chichester 5-0-0]

4. Authorized repayment to Coordinator of $66 for P.O. Box 2016 (Bruce Woodworth check 4040 04-13-2016). [AE 16107] [Reid/Chichester 5-0-0]

5. Approved Minutes of January, 2016. [Reid/Chichester 4-0-1]

6. Meeting adjourned.

 

Respectfully,

Bruce D. Woodworth

“Agenda for May 4, 2016”   SP3 S 15-01 RCD3





Resource Conservation District of Mono County

Post Office Box 327

Coleville, CA 96107

Phone: 775-461-6550

                                             Web site: monorcd.org                                                                                Email: monocountyrcd@gmail.com

 

MINUTES for Wednesday, January 20, 2016 RCD meeting (1:00-4:00 PM at the Memorial Hall, Bridgeport, CA.

 

Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Dwain Chichester, Secretary, Director Marcus Bunn, Director Jim Reid, Trina Johnson, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Bruce Woodworth, RCD staff.

 

(Board Voting, example [Chichester/Bunn 3-0-0] indicating motion by Chichester, second by Bunn, vote 3 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions.)

 

A. Comments from the Public: Bruce Woodworth on recruiting a Director from Lee Vining area.

 

B. Potential Action Items.

 

1.     Authorize repayment to Coordinator of $816 for Director’s Insurance. [AE 16101] [AE = Authorized Expenditure]. [Reid/Bunn 4-0-0]

2.    Authorize repayment to Coordinator of $60 for P.O. Box 2015. [AE 16102]. [Reid/Bunn 4-0-0]

3.    Pre-authorize payment of Director’s insurance and P.O. Box for invoices that arrive in 2016, provided the increase in premium/fee does not exceed 20% of the 2015 premium/fee [AE 16103]. [Reid/Bunn 4-0-0]

4.    Election of Chair Curti and Secretary/Treasurer Chichester. [Bunn/Reid 4-0-0]

5.    UNR scholarship. Direct UNR to allow RCD scholarship to be prioritized to first, Agriculture, then second to Engineering and third, to the Business school. Scholarship should be awarded with an emphasis on a needs-based criterion of applicants. Correct the fact that it is the Mono Co. RCD, not Mono County, which is the donor. Eligible high schools are Lee Vining and Coleville. The Academy no longer exists. [Chichester/Bunn 4-0-0]

6.    Groundwater Monitoring grant for future consideration, deadline for current grant application has passed. No action taken.

7.    Donation to Inyo-Mono Regional Water Management Group of $250. [Bunn/Reid 4-0-0] [AE 16104].

8.    Repayment of the 2015 Web Page expenses ($36.34 & $95.88) to Jim Reid. [AE 16105]. [Bunn/Chichester 3-0-1 Reid abstaining]

 

C. Consent / Information Items.

        

1.     NRCS presentation. Johnson reminded the Board about the NRCS policy of non-discrimination and support of diversity as well as reported two conservation plans (one irrigation and the second, Juniper) for which Curti signed in acknowledgement. NRCS wildlife biologist lost to budget cuts.

2.    Approval of Minutes from previous meeting. [Chichester/Bunn 4-0-0]

 

Respectfully,

Bruce D. Woodworth

Minutes for January 20, 2016 RCD Meeting T S 15-01 RCD


Resource Conservation District of Mono County

Post Office Box 327

Coleville, CA 96107

Phone: 530-402-6422

                              Web site: monorcd.org                                                                                            Email: monocountyrcd@gmail.com

 

MINUTES

May 13, 2015 RCD Meeting.

 

Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Dwain Chichester, Secretary, Director Marcus Bunn, Jim Gifford, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Bruce Woodworth, RCD staff.

 

         (Board Voting, example [Chichester/Bunn 3-0-0] indicating motion by    Chichester, second by Bunn, vote 3 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions.)

 

1. Election of Officers for 2015:

         Chair Curti [Chichester/Bunn 3-0-0]

         Secretary Chichester [Bunn/Curti 3-0-0]

2. Board discussed UNR scholarship approach and directed Coordinator to get details from UNR and confirm that only Eligible should be from Eastern Sierra School District, which approximates the RCD boundaries. Mammoth not eligible. Coordinator  to pass info to School District Counselors about scholarship, both in November.

         Board’s preference would be that the scholarship awardee be the qualified candidate who had the greatest need of the money.

3. Conflict of Interest Code as an amendment to the Bylaws. (2nd Reading) passed.

         [Chichester/Bunn 3-0-0]

4. Board directed Coordinator to pay CARCD dues [AE 15102] if they will ignore the gross of the grant.  Otherwise, Mono RCD will sit out a year. [Bunn/Chichester 3-0-0]

5. Board Authorized repayment to Coordinator of $60 for PO Box expense 2015-2016 [AE 15103]. [Chichester/Bunn 3-0-0]

6. Board empowered Curti to vote at his discretion for ranking the Prop 84 RWMG grant applications. [Bunn/Chichester 3-0-0]

7. Board accepted the written report by Stacey Simon regarding water litigation and did not have comments.

8. Board approved of Minutes from previous meeting. [Chichester/Bunn 3-0-0]

 

Report by Gifford (NRCS) highlighted the non-listing of the Bi-State Sage Grouse, the snow pack and the Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) which replaces previous programs. New is that government appraisals are for individual properties.

 

         The 30 year Wetlands easements continues and that program does not require a match.

 

         The Grasslands of Special Significance program has a match of 25%.

 

         There have been 7 Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) applications with one currently funded.

 

 

Respectfully,

Bruce D. Woodworth

 




MINUTES for October 8, 2014 RCD Meeting.

 

Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Directors: Marcus Bunn, Ilene Mandelbaum and Jim Reid. Also Shannon Peterson Ciotti, RCD’s National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Grant Consultant, Jim Gifford, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

 

[Motions noted: e.g. (Bunn/Curti, 4-0) indicates motion by Bunn, second by Curti, vote 4-0.]

 

Minutes from previous meeting approved. (Reid/Mandelbaum, 4-0).

 

Action Items.

 

         1. RCD Board endorsement of Ilene Mandelbaum, Marcus Bunn and Dwain Chichester for reappointment to the RCD Board by the Mono Co. Board of Supervisors. (Bunn/Reid, 3-0. Series of votes with abstentions by those being endorsed).

 

         2. National Fish & Wildlife Grant (NFWF) – review and possible approval of Analysis and payment to consultant. (Bunn/Reid, 4-0) Board accepted the Analysis and authorized payment as to be coordinated with NFWF.   

 

         Ciotti indicated that she would provide hardcopies of the Analysis to the Board as well as to the Coordinator to archive and/or provide to appropriate libraries. Also she will send the UNR electronic files, Economic spreadsheets and GIS electronic files to the Coordinator.

 

         3. Authorize payment ($783 [AE 14503] repayment to Coordinator) for Beehive Insurance for Director’s liability insurance as well as Coordinator compensation for NFWF ($1,763 [13501D]) and normal RCD ($14 [14502A]) activities. AE = Authorized Expenditure. (Reid/Bunn, 4-0)

 

         4. Consider funding attendance at the CA RCD conference Nov., 2014. (Bunn/Reid, 4-0) Board authorized payment for Coordinator’s attendance at conference not-to-exceed $400.25 [AE 14504].

 

NRCS presentation: Jim Gifford reported that Mono Co. had three EQIP contracts for 2014 totally about $84k for irrigation improvements and sage grouse habitat improvement matters.

 

Additional conversation revolved around recent CA laws streamlining permitting and other conservation matters. These may fit in well as matching funds for ACEP (Agricultural Conservation Easement Program) easements.

 

Dave Doughty is the current engineer at the Minden Field Office.

 

Respectfully,

Bruce D. Woodworth

Minutes for October 8, 2014 RCD Meeting B T V0901 RCD



MINUTES for May 28, 2014 RCD Meeting.

 

Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Dwain Chichester, Vice Chair, Directors: Marcus Bunn, Ilene Mandelbaum and Jim Reid. Also Shannon Peterson Ciotti, RCD’s National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Grant Consultant, Jim Gifford, Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Steve Tomac National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Stacey Simon, Mono Co. Assistant County Counsel, Dana Hay, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Wendy Sugimura, Mono County Community Development Department (by phone).

 

[Motions noted: e.g. (Bunn/Curti, 4-0) indicates motion by Bunn, second by Curti, vote 4-0.]

 

Minutes from previous meeting approved. (Chichester/Reid, 5-0).

 

A. Comments from the Public: Simon described the Walker River Irrigation District (WRID) water changes application. Sugimura presented information on Sage Grouse developments.

 

B. Action Items.

 

         1. Shannon Peterson Ciotti on the NFWF Grant for the Analysis of Potential Sale/Lease of CA surface water rights for the benefit of Walker Lake. Without a vote, the Board asked Ciotti to: make various changes to the formatting, add some clarification language to charts, enhance the general specificity with an eye toward partial fulfilling requirements of a future EIR, construct as much as possible a matrix of thresholds (e.g. % of allowable fallowing, and timing of forbearances for riverine/fishery health) and mitigations (e.g. limitations of use of groundwater pumping to replace sold/leased water, development restrictions) which could be part of a programmatic  document for agencies to approve or reject applications, and then voted (5-0) to hold off broad distribution of the Analysis until such revisions could be accomplished.

 

Board decided to wait on both a pilot application and pursuit of further grant funding for this subject.

 

         2. Regional Coordinator’s invoice from 04-05-2013 thru 05-12-2014: $50 + 73 miles at $0.5/mile totals $86.00. This is an RCD invoice, separate from the NFWF invoices. Approved (Chichester/Reid, 5-0).

        

D. Consent / Information Items.

        

         1. NRCS presentation. Gifford had limited time but provided written materials on four NRCS programs and a guide for the new Farm Bill.

 

         2. Mandelbaum gave an update on the Inyo/Mono Community Food Project Grant and there was a discussion on how to get feedback from North County ranchers/growers.

 

 

Respectfully,

Bruce D. Woodworth

Minutes for May 28, 2014 RCD Meeting T V0901 RCD


MINUTES for January 8, 2014 RCD Meeting.

 

Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Directors: Marcus Bunn, Ilene Mandelbaum. Also Shannon Peterson Ciotti, RCD’s National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Grant Consultant, Jim Gifford (NRCS), Steve Tomac (NFWF), Justin Nalder, Bridgeport Indian Colony.

 

[Motions noted (Bunn/Curti, 3-0) indicate motion by Bunn, second by Curti, vote 2-0.]

 

Minutes from previous meeting approved. (Bunn/Curti, 2-0 [Mandelbaum abstain])

 

A. Comments from the Public: Nalder reported on the Bridgeport Indian Colony progress in obtaining an ethno-botanical garden greenhouse.

 

B. Action Items.

 

         1. Direction for Shannon Peterson Ciotti on the NFWF Grant for the Analysis of Potential Sale/Lease of CA surface water rights for the benefit of Walker Lake.

 

         [Board & those present held an in-depth discussion, noted progress made and decided no additional direction was needed.]

 

         2. Mandelbaum: I took part in an IMACA interview panel to hire a Community Food Planning Coordinator who will carry out the USDA Comfoods grant that IMACA received this fall. This position will carry out a "community foods assessment" and establish a "Food Planning and Policy Council" that will work on developing a "Food Expansion and Sustainability Plan for Inyo and Mono Counties." I would like to share information about this project with the RCD Board at the January 2014 meeting and discuss opportunities for the Mono Co. RCD to be involved in the project.

 

         [Topic discussed; no Board Action.]

 

         3. Mandelbaum: The 2014 Nevada Small Farm Conference will be in Sparks, Feb 20-22nd. Would any RCD members like to go? I am interested and will see if IMACA would send their new Community Food Coordinator. Perhaps they would cover lodging (shared room) and gas. Would the RCD consider covering my registration for a day-long workshop and two day conference: $125?

 

         [Board approved (Bunn/Curti, 3-0) $125 expense for Mandelbaum for Conference.

 

         4. Proposal to authorize 6 hours of the Coordinator’s time (Authorized Expenditure AE 14101) to investigate potential cooperation/grant opportunities for fishing & river habitat in the District.

 

         [Board approved (Mandelbaum/Bunn, 3-0) 6 hours.]

 

         5. Curti: The public comment period for the decision to list the BiState Sage-grouse as threatened and designate 1.8 million acres as critical habitat has been extended 45 days and is now set to close on February 10, 2014.

        

         [Board endorsed (Bunn/Mandelbaum, 3-0) a letter to be composed by Curti regarding the proposed Listing, provided all Board members approve the wording. Email approvals for the letter can be copied to Regional Coordinator to confirm the unanimous agreement.]

        

D. Consent / Information Items.

        

         1. Director’s Report.  See Action Item #2.

 

         2. NRCS presentation. Gifford reported nine contracts in Mono County amounting to about $150,000; two conservation easements covering about 3,000 acres; retirement of Vada Hubbard, whose replacement will hopefully be expedited; a reminder of the Civil Rights/non-discrimination aspects of NRCS.

 

         3. NFWF presentation on Walker Lake. Tomac described several aspects of the NFWF Walker River Project, also noting that NFWF pays property taxes and on the Raptor 7 Ranch NFWF will likely set up a free-standing non-profit to operate it.

 

Respectfully,

        

 

January 8, 2014 Minutes T V0901 RCD

 

MINUTES for March 21, 2013 RCD Meeting.

 

Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Directors: Dwain Chichester, Marcus Bunn, Ilene Mandelbaum & Jim Reid. Also Shannon Peterson Ciotti, NFWF Grant Consultant.

 

(RCD Board votes in parentheses.)

 

Minutes from previous meeting approved. (4-0)

 

1. National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) Grant for analyzing the potentiality of a surface water sale or lease program by willing water rights holders for the benefit of Walker Lake in Nevada.

 

         a. RCD Board approved the Grant Contract with NFWF and authorized Chair Curti to sign on its behalf. (5-0)

 

         b. RCD Board approved the Contract with Shannon Peterson Ciotti, LLC as Consultant for the NFWF Grant and authorized Chair Curti to sign on its behalf. (5-0)

 

         c. RCD Board endorsed pre-approving NFWF Steering Committee’s (Curti & Bunn) ability to: 1. authorize payments to Shannon Peterson Ciotti, LLC when invoices are approved by NFWF and 2. approve NFWF steering committee’s (Curti & Bunn) ability to authorize payments for NFWF Grant-related invoices by the Coordinator if described in- the previously RCD Board-approved Grant Budget (e.g. scanner/data storage). (5-0)

 

         d. RCD Board added Board member Reid as an authorized signer for RCD check writing if one of the Authorized Signers of RCD checks (currently Curti & Chichester) is unavailable to give appropriate timely approval.

 

         2. Woodworth reported that RCD UNR Endowment/Scholarship program had insufficient value (“under water”) to generate scholarships for the past two years.

 

         3. RCD Budget. Confirmation of the “a la carte” expense approval methodology as opposed to the standard annual planned budget. The “a la carte” method is what we have been doing – authorizing expenses as they come up. The RCD Board did not take a vote on this matter, but affirmed that it had no objections to the process as it has been being used in the past.

        

         4. RCD approved Coordinator’s invoices: $902 compensation at an average of $13.74/hr. + 190 miles at $0.50/mile ($95) covering 10-01-2012 through 03-15-2013 + reimbursement of $150 to each of two contract attorney candidates ($300) + reimbursement of $600 to attorney who reviewed consultant contract.  Total $1,897.

The Board did note their preference that future Coordinator invoices be split between the NFWF-related invoices and other RCD activities. (5-0)

 

Mandelbaum informed the Board of a meeting she had attended on 03-18-2013 of 20 participants involved in a community gardening network extending from Lone Pine to Walker. A major task in this effort will be to streamline the approval practice constraints of the counties - particularly, risk management for volunteer labor and supportive General Plan modifications.




MINUTES for January 23, 2013 RCD Meeting.

Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Directors: Dwain Chichester, Marcus Bunn, Ilene Mandelbaum & Jim Reid. Also, Justin Nalder, Bridgeport Indian Colony, Rob Pearce, NRCS, Aaron Johnson, ESLT, Jim Gifford, NRCS and Stacey Simon, County Counsel office.

1. Minutes from previous 10-10-2012 RCD meeting approved. 

This approved by the Board (4-0, Reid abstaining).

2. Authorization for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) grant Steering Committee of Directors Curti & Bunn to authorize approval of contracts for legal services to advise the RCD regarding agreements anticipated between the RCD and Peterson & Partners, NFWF grant consultant, as well as between the RCD and NFWF. [Approved Expenditure AE 13101]

This authorization is contingent on confirmation with NFWF that such expenses will be reimbursed to the RCD.

This approved by the Board (5-0).

3. Walker River Litigation presentation by Simon:

Properties along irrigation ditches do not thereby have riparian rights.

Notification of the Litigation has been expanded by the Court so as to incorporate more potentially affected parties, resulting in over 2000 defendants/respondents. California groundwater users are not included. Riparian water rights holders along tributaries (and perhaps seasonal springs) are included.

4. Directors Report.

Mandelbaum described an Inyo Mono Agency for Community Action (IMACA) grant application for Community Food Assessment and Food System Policy ($45k) and a National Parks and Recreation grant application ($7.5k) involving community gardens on public lands for which Central Sierra Resource Conservation and Development will be fiscal agent.

Curti talked of the progress in the NFWF grant process.

Bunn reported that the Bridgeport ranchers will likely receive a renewed exemption from Lahontan Water Quality Board, but in the future the monitoring may be based on e coli rather than fecal coliform, which will likely be the national EPA approach.

Reid informed the RCD of the web site redesign.

5. NRCS Presentation. 

Gifford reminded the Board of the civil rights requirements associated with NRCS work and recounted the numbers of contracts that had been accomplished during 2012. The Wetland and Grassland Reserve programs are active. U.S. Fish and Wildlife has funds for sage grouse programs.

6. General Discussion.

Nalder updated the RCD on the Bridgeport Indian Colony’s garden project, to encompass vegetables and native plants; Dustin Blackley is the member of the Farmer’s Advisory, and has a community Garden background.





MINUTES for Weds., Oct. 10, 2012 RCD meeting.
Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Directors: Dwain Chichester, Marcus Bunn & Ilene Mandelbaum. Justin Nalder. Memorial Hall, Bridgeport.
A. Minutes approved from previous meeting. [3-0, Mandelbaum abstaining]
B. NRCS presentation. Jim Gifford could not make the meeting, but Curti relayed from Gifford that program deadlines are Nov. 16.
C. NFWF (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) Grant:
Shannon Peterson & Partners were approved by the Board as the Consultant- designate for the grant application. In the case that agreement cannot be reached, Resource Concepts Inc. was chosen as an alternative consultant. [4-0]
Curti and Bunn are to comprise the Grant Application Management Committee (Committee) which is authorized to act on behalf of the RCD Board to negotiate with the Consultant regarding the final form of the Proposal and approve the grant application submittal. [4-0]
Together with the Committee, the Regional Coordinator will assist in negotiating the desired changes in the Proposal and create the draft Grant Application for approval by the Committee after consultation with Ann /Gering of NFWF. [4-0]
The RCD Board delegates to the Committee determination of the final Grant application, but reserves to itself approval of subsequent contracts with NFWF as grantee and with Consultant.
Expenditure of up to $9,000 [AE 12103] is authorized for legal services supportive of the Grant Application and preparation of the Consultant contract. This is to be arranged by the Regional Coordinator. [4-0]
RCD Budget of $27,725 is approved [4-0] for RCD administration of NFWF Grant [AE 12105].
D. Coordinator’s invoices, including hours ($1,777) and repayment for: P.O. Box $56, RCD Director’s insurance ($541), conference call charges, $8.69 were approved [AE 12104]. [4-0]
E. Authorized a Letter/Petition to the Board of Supervisors to reappoint Jim Reid and Hal Curti to the RCD. [4-0]
Chichester asked that the Coordinator contact UNR to insure that scholarship applicants are from the District.
Nalder from the Bridgeport Indian Colony said that the Tribe may have an opening for a water quality technician.

Respectfully,
Bruce D. Woodworth Minutes 10-10-2012 T V0901 RCD




MINUTES for Weds., Aug. 1, 2012 RCD Special Phone Conference Meeting.
Attending: Hal Curti, Chair, Directors: Dwain Chichester, Marcus Bunn & Jim Reid.
1. Minutes from previous May 17 meeting approved. (3-0, Chichester abstaining)
2. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Request for Proposal (RFP) to Consultants for a study of sale/lease of water in the Walker River Basin was approved revising only that dates for Consultant responses be set in lieu of days. (4- 0)
3. Authorization for Directors Curti & Bunn to:

  • be active negotiators on behalf of the Board for the NFWF grant in order to make during-the-Consultant-selection-process decisions regarding the RFP in collaboration with Consultants and NFWF so as to fashion the RFP to improve the analysis of the water lease/sale proposal.
  • consider Consultant candidates. Recommend three candidates for consideration by the RCD Board within three weeks from the end of the RFP submittal period. Provide a narrative of why the three were selected.
  • make modifications in the RCD internal budget and schedule, as needed. The delegation of the above grant application management decisions to Curti & 
    Bunn does not include signing a contract with the Consultant and does not include the submitting the final Grant application (including budget) to NFWF. RCD Board approval is necessary for both these items and all preliminary decisions by Curti & Bunn can be overridden subsequently by the Board.

This approved by the Board (4-0).
3. Proposed RCD internal budget for administration of the NFWF grant. Approved (4-0) with a revised amount for “Legal Advice for RCD” to be $10k, bringing total tentative internal budget to $27,425.
Regular meeting of Sept. 5 shall be rescheduled for later in Sept. Woodworth will represent the RCD at the Aug. 7 WRID meeting in Yerington.
Grant request to NFWF is only knowable after response from Consultant candidates, but is anticipated to be in the low six figures.

Respectfully,
Bruce D. Woodworth Aug. 1, 2012 Minutes Draft T V0901 RCD



MINUTES FOR MAY 17, 2012 MEETING
Attending: Directors Hal Curti, Presiding, Ilene Mandelbaum, Marcus Bunn and Jim Reid; Stacey Simon (via teleconference), Assistant County Counsel, Jim Gifford, NRCS, Bruce Woodworth, Regional Coordinator.
A. Minutes from previous meeting approved (4-0).
B. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant (NFWF). RCD Board authorized (4-0) Curti and Bunn to represent the Board in conversation with NFWF and that the basis of the discussion will be the RFP draft contract as most recently being reviewed by Simon and as possibly revised according to comments previously made by Tony Dublino, Mono County Community Development Department and Board members. Woodworth is to consolidate the revisions.
Simon stated that the RFP should focus broadly on community issues and clarify that the outcome of the work could be used as a resource for any entity with decision making authority over the program - not just the county.
Additionally, the Board informally stated a preference for encouraging the County to become Lead Agency on any associated C.E.Q.A. considerations.
C. Bunn updated the Board on the likely extension of the 2007 Bridgeport Ranchers Organization Waiver for five more years and stated that Harold Singer of the Lahontan Board is retiring.
D. Mandelbaum described the Mono Basin Community Plan update and mentioned the Sage Grouse field trip for May 18.

E. At Gifford’s request, the Board reviewed and approved (3-0, Bunn abstaining) three ranch Conservation plans processed by National Resource Conservation Service. Gifford also brought a revised “Conservation Agreement between RCD and Owner” form to the Board and discussed the Working Lands for Wildlife program, which currently does not include any funding for easements. The Summer Field Trip Tour (sage grouse) will be July 13th.
Respectfully,
Bruce D. Woodworth Minutes Draft for May 17, 2012 meeting 06-01-2012 T V 0901 rcd docs




MINUTES FOR MAR. 6, 2012 MEETING
Attending: Directors Hal Curti, Presiding, Ilene Mendelbaum, Dwain Chichester and Jim Reid; George Milovich Inyo-Mono Ag. Commissioner, Stacey Simon, Assistant County Council, Tim Hansen, County Supervisor, Justin Nalder, Bridgeport Indian Colony, Jim Gifford, NRCS, Bruce Woodworth, Regional Coordinator.
A. Minutes from previous two meetings approved.
B. RCD Board authorized a letter to be composed and signed by Curti to comment on the Proposed Waiver on the Bridgeport Valley fecal coliform issue with Lahontan Water Quality Board. Substance of the letter would be to inquire into the rationale for using 20 colonies / milliliter standard rather than the more widely used 200, as well as support a two year extension of the 2007 Exemption.
C. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant (NFWF). RCD Board voted to modify the previous meeting’s direction regarding the Grant. The new application will seek funding for an analysis of consequences of potential surface water leasing and sales of water from the Walker River basin. It will be separate from an existing 3 year pilot grant that NFWF has with the Walker River Irrigation District (WRID).
Simon provided a copy of the draft MOU that Mono County Board of Supervisors will consider regarding the existing NFWF / WRID grant process.
D. A Sierra Nevada Conservancy Farm and Ranches grant opportunity was discussed, but no actions was taken.
E. Gifford described the success of recent GRP, WRP, EQIP and WHIP signups and reminded the board of the advantages of Board diversity and that discrimination in determining Board membership, or against clients we serve, is illegal.
F. Woodworth reported that he had concluded that RCD fostering a mitigation land bank under its own auspices was problematic and would not be further pursued.
G. RCD Board did not see a reason to ask the Inyo Mono Regional Water Management goals wording to be modified.
Respectfully,
Bruce D. Woodworth Minutes Draft for Mar. 6, 2012 meeting T V 0901 rcd docs


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