2150 River Plaza Drive, Suite 460
Sacramento, CA 95833

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors

June 1, 2016

4:00 p.m.
(Meeting in 1st floor Large Conference room.)

Upcoming Regular Meetings

  • August 3, 2016
  • September 7, 2016
  • October 5, 2016

Call to order

1. Call to Order of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors

The Board Chair will call the meeting to order if a quorum is present. Announcements by the Board Chair or Executive Director may be made at this time. Board members may make announcements at this time as well.

Public comment

2. Public Comments

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Conservancy’s Board of Directors.

Action item

3. Implementation Annual Meeting

IMPLEMENTATION ANNUAL MEETING (Implementation Agreement §5.4)

A. Meeting notes minutes were contained in the June 3, 2015 Board of Directors meeting minutes agenda, previously made available to the Board and  approved by the Board.
B. Discussion of Annual Report. Concerns, comments, recommendations.
C. City of Sacramento issues.
D. County of Sutter issues.
E. California Department of Fish and Wildlife issues.
F. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues.
G. Adjourn Implementation Annual Meeting.

Download the June 3, 2015 Minutes (PDF, 2 MB)

Action by consent

4. Approval of the minutes

*All items listed under the Consent Calendar, including minutes, are considered and acted upon by one Motion. Any Board member may request an item be removed for separate consideration.*

The Board Chair will request approval of the minutes and consent items of the Board of Directors meeting of May 4, 2016.

Download the May 4, 2016 Minutes (PDF, 590 KB)

Action by consent

5. Cancellation of September 7, 2016 Board meeting

The September 7 Board meeting follows the September 5 Labor Day national holiday. Historically, it has often been difficult to obtain a quorum when these dates are so close together. Staff recommends cancellation of the Board meeting for September.

Action item

6. Authority to cast ballots in the Conservancy’s interest in the matter of the Consolidated Capital Assessment District 2 by the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency

The Board is requested to authorize the Conservancy’s Executive Director to cast ballots on the Conservancy’s behalf for the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) assessment proposed due June 13, 2016. On April 29, 2016, SAFCA mailed ballots to 160,000 property owners requesting they cast a ballot in the planned assessment to add flood protection to the area. One of the key projects is the funding to complete an additional 24 miles of improvements to levees surrounding the Natomas Basin, addressing underseepage and levee stability, all by the year 2025. Staff recommends the Executive Director be authorized to cast all ballots in the affirmative.

Download the SAFCA Ballot (680 KB)

Download the SAFCA Information (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Action item

7. BKS Outfall Swale Modification

The BKS Pond Q serves as the last stop before water is shunted southward or, for future use, westward onto the Conservancy’s as-yet developed Frazer South managed marsh complex. In order to take advantage of no-cost water, the Conservancy has long envisioned a plan when water used on the BKS North Course could be re-used on additional marsh complexes. By providing the management option of sending water either south or west (or both), the Conservancy can maximize its use of water and save money.

This project involves fortifying the existing BKS Pond Q outfall structure with modifications to the water conveyance structure, rocking where the conveyance structure bends (to avoid erosion and to provide GGS habitat opportunity), to set the outfall structure so as to reduce costs where the RD1000 ditch has to be forded so that water can be transferred from the Conservancy’s BKS Pond Q facility to the proposed Frazer South managed marsh.

The Conservancy has the Frazer South managed marsh facility next on its rice-to-marsh conversion schedule, and proposes to construct it as soon as new HCP fee payments warrant the conversion.  The cost of the proposed work is $30,079.82. The project will be let to bid as soon as construction drawings are complete.

Conservancy staff recommends approval of this project and authorization of the Executive Director to execute and deliver the necessary instruments to effectuate completion of the project in a timely manner.

Download the BKS Outfall Swale Modification Information (PDF, 450 KB)

Download the Pond Q Revisions (PDF, 307 KB)


8. Financial statement review

A financial statement will be provided for the period ended April 30, 2016 (unaudited). Additional financial information will be provided.

Download the April 30, 2016 Financial Statements (PDF, 1 MB)


9. Biological Effectiveness Monitoring Program Document revision

Staff will update the Board on progress in completing the Biological Monitoring Program Document. This document is the basis for biological monitoring work so that it is compliant with the NBHCP and MAPHCP. The work is being done prior to releasing a Request for Proposals to conduct biological monitoring work in future years.

Download the 2016 Letter Concerning BEM Revisions (PDF, 504 KB)

Download the 2015 Letter Concerning BEM Revisions  (PDF, 1.5 MB)


10. Insurance update

Staff will update the Board on the transition with insurance brokerage services, and review the renewed policies that have been completed in May.

Download the Insurance Information (PDF, 4.6 MB)


11. PG&E easement activity

PG&E’s work on the high-pressure gas pipeline through the Natomas Basin is about to commence. Staff will update the Board on new developments in the matter.

Download the PG&E Easement Activity (PDF, 2.1 MB)


12. Update on State of California Board of Equalization letter regarding assessment methodology and County of Sutter’s property tax assessments; County of Sutter Assessor

Conservancy staff will update the Board on progress in the matter of the County of Sutter Assessor’s compliance with instructions from the State of California Board of Equalization in its letter and action pursuant to that letter and property tax relief for the Conservancy.

Download the County of Sutter property tax information (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Public comment

13. Public comments

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Conservancy’s Board of Directors.

Exective Report

14. Executive Director’s Report

Various matters for Board members’ general information will be presented by the Conservancy’s Executive Director.

Download the Ex Director’s Report (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Executive Session

15. Executive Session

Executive Session for real estate is scheduled.


16. Adjournment

Official adjournment of the meeting.