3480 Department of Conservation
10 - GEOLOGIC HAZARDS AND MINERAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION
This program evaluates, assesses and maps the State's geologic and seismologic hazards, such as earthquakes, landslides, tsunami and volcanic eruption threats, and hazardous minerals exposures, in order to protect the public health and safety and the natural environment; analyzes the State's mineral assets and maps its mineral resources. Information is used by Federal, State, and local government agencies, industries and individual businesses, and the public to make informed decisions about land use, seismic safety, and mineral development.
20 - OIL, GAS, AND GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES
This program regulates the drilling, operation, and abandonment of oil, natural gas, and geothermal wells to protect the environment, prevent pollution, and ensure public safety. The state is fully reimbursed for program expenditures by annual assessments and fees on the respective industries. Approximately 500 companies operate over 88,000 wells in California for the production of oil, natural gas, and geothermal resources.
30 - LAND RESOURCE PROTECTION
This program protects agricultural farmland and open space through various financial incentives. Under the Williamson Act, landowners who agree to keep their property undeveloped for at least ten years receive lower property tax assessments. The California Farmland Conservancy Program provides grants to local governments and nonprofit land trusts for the acquisition of agricultural conservation easements that permanently remove development rights, and therefore development pressure, from agricultural lands. The Farmland Mapping Program of the Land Resource Protection program develops maps, statistics, and reports relating to farmland conversion, farmland inventory and land protection to assist in local land use decisions.
50 - BEVERAGE CONTAINER RECYCLING AND LITTER REDUCTION
This program administers the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act to achieve an 80 percent recycling rate for glass, aluminum and plastic beverage containers sold in California. To achieve this goal, the Division of Recycling ensures that: (1) the California Redemption Value (CRV) is paid by beverage distributors for each beverage sold in California; (2) consumers are refunded CRV for recycled beverage containers; (3) recycling centers are conveniently located; (4) grants are made to encourage recycling and development of markets for recycled materials; (5) strong oversight and enforcement programs are in place so that the integrity of the Beverage Container Recycling Fund remains stable and free of fraud; and (6) public outreach and private partnerships are promoted.
60 - MINE RECLAMATION
This program regulates active surface mining operations and monitors local lead agencies to ensure compliance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975. It assists cities, counties, state agencies, and mine operators in their efforts to reclaim mined lands to beneficial uses. This program also compiles an inventory of the state's estimated 47,000 abandoned mines and remediates abandoned mine hazards to protect public safety.