AB 617 is bringing significant additional funds to the Valley to help reduce emissions and improve public health in disadvantaged communities. Through the AB 617 process, Community Steering Committees have identified strategies in their Community Emission Reduction Programs which will use these funds, known as Community Air Protection (CAP) Program funding, in the identified Valley AB 617 communities. Pursuant to the most recent draft of Chapter 6 of the 2019 CAP Guidelines, please find below the CERP Program Plans for the following CERP measures:
|Title||Program Plan||Notice of Approval|
|Truck Rerouting Study|
|Residential Lawn and Garden Program|
|Commercial Lawn and Garden Program|
|Low Dust Nut Harvester Program|
|Alternatives to Ag Burning Program|
|Charge Up Electric Vehicle Charger Incentive Program||Under Review|
|Increased Educational Training for EV Mechanics Plan||Under Review|
|Heavy-Duty Truck Replacement Emission Reduction Program||Under Review|
|Zero Emission Yard Truck Replacement Program||Under Review|
|SC Fresno Vegetative Barriers and Urban Greening Program Plan||Under Review|
|Shafter Vegetative Barriers and Urban Greening Program Plan||Under Review|
|Residential Wood Burning Emission Reduction||Under Review|
To meet the aggressive expenditure timelines under the state law and to ensure that the early benefits associated with AB 617 are realized, the District will utilize qualifying project applications and solicit additional applications for a wide variety of eligible, cost-effective project categories.
The District is soliciting input from all Valley communities, organizations, businesses, and other interested stakeholders to assist in determining the types and locations for voluntary incentive project investment. Towards that end, the District is conducting a series of comprehensive Valley-wide workshops, community meetings and targeted outreach campaigns. The main focus of this effort is to ensure that these funds are spent in the areas that will achieve the greatest benefit to public health and further the District’s mission of improving public health for all Valley residents.
These workshops will provide information on the types of projects available, process and prioritization for funding and the steps necessary to apply for funds. Most importantly, these workshops will provide an opportunity for Valley residents to provide ideas and input on the types of projects that they feel would be most beneficial for their communities.