McGuire hosting wildfire meeting, drought town hall this week

By Zoë Strickland, Managing Editor, SoCoNews, May 16, 2021

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Mike McGrath at a community meeting in Sonoma County in 2019. Photo by Mary Ann Wilson

State Sen. Mike McGuire is hosting a pair of public events this week, calling attention to both the state’s ongoing drought and upcoming fire season.

Wildfire prevention grants — May 17 at noon

The first, a community meeting about wildfire prevention grants, will be held at noon on Monday, May 17. The meeting will be held with McGuire and the California Coastal Conservancy.

“The Conservancy will be funding millions in wildfire prevention grants this year,” wrote McGuire on his Facebook page. “This meeting will be important for cities, counties, special districts and nonprofits who own and manage open space and wildlands. We’ll cover how organizations can apply for future grants and how your organization can be successful in securing future funding to help make these lands around communities more fire safe.”

To register for the fire prevention grant meeting event, go HERE.

Drought town hall — May 20 at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, May 20, McGuire will be hosting a town hall devoted to discussing the current drought emergency. Joining McGuire for the virtual town hall will be Joseph James, chairman of the Yurok Tribe, located in Del Norte and Humboldt counties; Grant Davis, general manager of Sonoma Water; Ben Horenstein, general manager of Marin Municipal Water District; and Carmel Angelo, chief executive officer of Mendocino County.

“We’ll be focused on the massive response that will be coming from the state to address the impacts we know our region will see as we enter an extremely dry summer and fall, with unprecedented low water levels,” states McGuire’s website.

To register for the drought town hall, go HERE.

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