Sustainability

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Western Riverside County's residents, businesses, organizations, and public agencies want to ensure expected growth produces a successful, sustainable, and resilient subregion that current and future generations will continue to enjoy.  WRCOG works to address these issues through its various sustainability programs.

Sustainability Framework for Western Riverside County

WRCOG completed a Sustainability Framework in December 2012 to provide a starting point for dialogue about sustainability and its importance to the region and outline a vision and goals for quality of life in Western Riverside County.

CAPtivate A Healthy Western Riverside County

WRCOG completed a Subregional Climate Action Plan (CAP) for Western Riverside County in June 2014 that addresses statewide legislation for sustainability through the preparation of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and strategies to reduce emissions.  Comments and input on the Subregional CAP were provided through the interactive MindMixer website at www.activateCAPwrcog.com.  The CAPtivate project also includes a Climate Adaptation & Resiliency Study and Technical Appendix, and a Subregional CAP Implementation Model Book.

Riverside County Water Task Force

WRCOG assists with the administration of the Riverside County Water Task Force, which is comprised of various public and private agencies working together to tackle water issues on a collaborative, regional basis.  The Water Task Force hosts a free Speaker Series every other month to invite professionals from the water and other related fields to speak about important topics that affect Riverside County.

Land Use, Transportation, and Water Quality Framework

WRCOG completed a study to analyze the opportunities and constraints that new development and redevelopment projects confront in meeting recently enacted requirements for on-site control and dispersal of stormwater runoff.  The MS4 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which includes the County of Riverside and the Cities of Murrieta, Temecula, and Wildomar, requires stormwater management practices be implemented to manage storm water impacts of older development projects, new development, and redevelopment projects.  Due to the fact that stormwater control measures may deter a development from moving forward, MS4 permit provisions allow for an Alternative Compliance, which provides regional jurisdictions to develop a mitigation banking system.  WRCOG evaluated the feasibility of developing a regional water quality mitigation program to meet MS4 permit provisions.

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