Throw a pebble into a pond and watch the ripples—well, if only we had a pond. The rain that’s fallen on California in the past several days is certainly a welcome change, but it is not enough to reverse the ripple effects of the drought. Average rainfall and reservoir levels are still well below 50 percent of normal up and down the state. The drought has been so severe it may have already caused damage that can’t be undone no matter how much rain we get now.
If our counties have been wondering what their portion of the Williamson Act subvention allocation is going to be for 2009-10, their wait is over. Sent yesterday by the State Controller’s Office, the checks are in the mail. But don’t hold your breath; 22 counties and three cities are receiving checks for under $10.00, six [...]
Well almost. You might have thought it was the end of the world if you were in the Capitol today and saw the Sierra Club, Counties and the Farm Bureau walking hand in hand advocating together as a coalition. It wasn’t the end of the world; it was the Williamson Act that brought these groups [...]
County government provides a wide range of services to its residents from public safety to health care to recycling programs! Included in this long list of services is the lesser known Land Conservation Act, also known as the Williamson Act.
Simply put, the Williamson Act is the single most effective agricultural land preservation program in California.