Climate change is altering the landscape – not just our physical world, but also the legislative and regulatory environment that businesses must navigate to move projects from concept to completion. Climate change has underscored the interconnectivity of things, and created new challenges to getting projects with potential environmental impacts approved and implemented.
The Business Case for Integrated Resource Management
Business strategies that consider multiple resources simultaneously have proven to deliver significant environmental and economic benefits. Integrated management plans also can improve regulatory compliance efficiency and leverage limited staff and capital resources.
Following an 18-month effort engaging regulators, resource managers, landowners, NGOs and business leaders, an INRM white paper now available shows how adaptive management plans can improve economic certainty and help accelerate project implementation. The paper represents a roadmap for how to more efficiently and cost-effectively respond to the increasingly complex environmental issues of the 21st century.Download pdf
Seldom have need and opportunity combined with such force. With the driest January on record behind us and the likelihood of a fourth year of drought ahead, the world’s eighth largest economy faces questions about its water supply reliability, response to increasingly severe wildfire, and commitment to achieving the goals set in its historic AB 32 (Global Warming Act of 2006). With this year’s rainy season disappointing (and perhaps behind us) and fire season imminent, California must either choose to sit idly by and brace for inevitable smoke plumes and mudslides, or act on the combined vision of adaptive science and respected resource management leaders to proactively and sustainably restore the state’s uncharacteristically dense forested watersheds. California has “the most integrated policy to deal with climate change,” yet its actions on the ground and famously complex regulatory permitting process have been slow to result in actual integrated resource management. Constrained budgets, narrowly focused directives, conflicting jurisdictional boundaries,Read More
The state Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife conducted its first oversight hearing on Proposition 1, the 2014 California Water Bond, and provided insights as to how responsible agencies plan to solicit, evaluate and rank project proposals. Early involvement and expert understanding of agency guidelines could affect opportunities for implementing projects that pertain to available funding.Read More
The most recent CDFW annual fall population survey concluded the Delta smelt population is at its lowest level in nearly 50 years. At the same time, the National Weather Service (NWS) released its Seasonal Drought Outlook for the first quarter of 2015; the projections are not promising. These events and others indicate that agency leaders likely will impose greater water restraints in 2015 than were imposed in 2014.Read More
INRM staff has had extensive experience working with the CA Air Resources Board, Public Utilities Commission, and Energy Commission to develop policies on greenhouse...Read More
Our experts have previously testified on behalf of forestry and agricultural interests before the U.S. Senate and House and CA State Senate and Assembly Committees...Read More
INRM leadership has formerly represented the world’s largest association of public water agencies before the U.S. EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...Read More
We specialize in federal and state Endangered Species Act issues and environmental protection laws (NEPA/CEQA), having formerly negotiated discharge-permitting...Read More