As reported in the Sacramento Bee, legislation is being introduced that would create a state conservancy for the Parkway.
While the elements of more money and more representative leadership on the board are good, the aspect that essentially gives the state more control over the Parkway is not so good.
Maintaining local control is crucial and our strategy of a nonprofit conservancy providing management control under the governance of a Joint Powers Authority with representatives from each city adjacent to the parkway as well as the county, is a much better strategy.
Details can be seen on our website.
An excerpt from the Bee article.
The American River Parkway could receive millions in additional state funding under legislation introduced by Sacramento area lawmakers.
Assembly Bill 1716 would create a Lower American River Conservancy with a 12-member governing board. The conservancy would seek more state funds for habitat and water-quality improvements and recreational amenities such as trails.
Assemblymen Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, who represent sections of the parkway, introduced the bill this week and announced the plan Thursday at Discovery Park.
The parkway, a 30-mile urban forest, serves as a natural habitat and major recreation area that courses from the eastern Sacramento County suburbs to the central city. The conservancy would not cover the parkway from the Nimbus Fish Hatchery to the Folsom Dam, a section managed by the state.
Of the $760 million in state funds for river improvements in the last two decades, only $3 million has gone to the lower American River, McCarty said; $660 million of that money has gone to rivers with conservancies, he said.
Sacramento County supervisors have offered general support for the proposal, noting that they perennially lack the funds needed to maintain or improve the parkway. Sacramento County created the parkway and is responsible for the section from the central city to the dam.
The conservancy board would have three county supervisors, two Sacramento City Council members, a Rancho Cordova City Council member, five officials representing state agencies and a member of the public. According to the bill, Sacramento County would remain in control of the parkway.