This summer, the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) adopted a new plan for growth for the next 20 years — including how the region will invest $11.6 billion on transportation. The San Joaquin Valley is suffering now from some of the worst air quality in the state, as this summer's terrible wildfires fill the Valley with smoke. Climate change is creating warmer temperatures, which leads to more dry fuel and intense heat waves: this creates the conditions for wildfire season to start earlier, last longer, and affect larger areas. Transportation investments that lead to more cars on the road could exacerbate poor air quality in a region already suffering.read moreThe Healthy Neighborhoods Collaborative, a coalition of regional advocates chaired by Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton, and ClimatePlan weighed in on the SJCOG draft Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS)–a 20 year road map for transportation and land use in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.read more
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