Lang Waters: Betancourt understands our fire and water issues |

Lang Waters: Betancourt understands our fire and water issues

Living in the foothills of the Sierra, after a historic drought, a hundred years of fire suppression, and in the midst of changing weather patterns, everyone is aware of the increased threat of fire. Our water supply is undergoing significant changes as the weather changes as well.

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is a California state agency created by bipartisan legislation (AB 2600) explicitly to provide strategic planning for the environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada. The assumption is that these aspects of the Sierras are linked together, and it requires a holistic perspective to address them. We need a state representative in the Assembly that understands the water and forest issues of our community and the science behind their resolution.

Elizabeth Betancourt worked for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and advocated for watersheds as infrastructure, later adopted as policy by the state. Elizabeth worked on California’s Forest Carbon Plan, as well as the Natural and Working Lands section of the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update. Elizabeth has a deep understanding of water and forest issues in CD 1, and she deserves your vote for Assembly District 1 on Nov. 5.

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