Lower American River Conservancy

McCarty Legislation to Create Lower American River Conservancy Approved

(Sacramento) – The American River is vitally important to the people, economy and culture of Sacramento and West Sacramento. Which is why Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) wrote legislation (Assembly Bill 1716) to establish the Lower American River Conservancy (LARC). AB 1716 will make the river eligible for additional state resources. “Approximately 8 million people visit the American River Parkway each year and it generates an estimated $364 million annually for the local economy,” said Assemblymember McCarty. “This bill creates a new program within the Wildlife Conservation Board, with the goal of enhancing and protecting the natural habitat and water conveyance of the American River.”  Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

What is the Lower American River Conservancy?

Lower American River Conservancy

This Lower American River Conservancy (LARC) would give Sacramento’s urban river a seat at the table with other important rivers in the state that already have a Conservancy.  These other rivers currently receive a lion’s share of the money allocated to rivers by statewide water and park bonds, along with other grants and funds—leaving the rest of the state (like us) to compete for the leftovers in a statewide competitive grant process for each project.  The LARC would help protect, preserve, and enhance the American River Parkway by funding proposals from the county, city, or even non-profits that deal with habitat restoration, planting native species, protecting wildlife, increasing water quality, protecting against floods, increasing educational opportunities on the river, making the Parkway more welcoming, and increasing access to the river for people who want to enjoy the “Jewel of Sacramento.”

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Support And Protect Lower American River Conservancy Act AB 1716

Preserving, Improving the Lower American River for Future Generations

(Sacramento) – Beneath overcast skies Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) stood near the edge of the American River to announce he has introduced legislation to establish the Lower American River Conservancy (LARC). Assemblymember McCarty says creating the LARC will make the river eligible for additional state resources. “The American River Parkway is vitally important to the people, economy and culture of the Sacramento region,” said Assemblymember McCarty. “By establishing this conservancy we will improve access to Sacramento’s most important natural resource and preserve the surrounding habitat for future generations.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

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