A Regional Resource
The SJV Greenprint provides a regional resource that can inform land use decisions and project planning efforts in the San Joaquin Valley. To strike a balance between the preservation of finite resources and the accommodation of a growing population, the Valley faces tough decisions. The Greenprint project’s maps can provide context for stakeholders and decision-makers faced with a variety of questions such as:
- How can we achieve multiple resource management goals – for agriculture, water, and natural resources – simultaneously to optimize the contributions they make to the economy and quality of life in the Valley?
Where are the most strategic locations for groundwater recharge and storage?
- How can we identify locations for urban growth while protecting economic and natural resources like farmland, oil, minerals, timber, and fisheries?
How can we minimize flood damage and utilize excess water from flood years in times of drought?
- Where can we restore biodiversity and connect wildlife habitats, while also achieving other land use benefits?
Where are the most strategic sites to build solar and wind energy facilities and other infrastructure that minimize impacts to farming and the environment?
- What strategies can be adopted to increase the Valley’s resilience to changes in climate?
- How do we craft regional strategies to inform the local implementation of long range conservation and mitigation plans?
The SJV Greenprint is both a resource and a dynamic, participatory process. Through enhanced data access and collaborative regional planning, the SJV Greenprint provides an opportunity to all Valley residents and stakeholders to deepen their understanding of the region’s agricultural, water, and ecological resources. As part of its process, the SJV Greenprint seeks the input of public officials, property owners, interest groups, technical experts, and the public to develop a vision for the future of the Valley’s non-urban lands. This vision, ultimately, can help guide local efforts to manage critical resources that balance the region’s economic and environmental interests and assets.
The SJV Greenprint project began in 2011 with public surveys, forums, and a data-gathering effort to compile and validate maps portraying the Valley’s agricultural lands, water resources, soil types, wildlife corridors, and other important features of the Valley. The first phase of the project culminates in June 2014, with the release of a report summarizing the eight-county region’s resources, and a website with interactive online data mapping and access.
The second phase of the project engages Valley leaders and residents in public forums to develop a vision of shared regional priorities for the non-urban areas of the region. This phase also sets the stage for local decision makers to voluntarily begin incorporating the goals identified through the SJV Greenprint process into their planning efforts and project development.
The SJV Greenprint focuses on the challenges and opportunities in non-urban land use planning, and how these rural decisions shape the region’s economy and environment.
The SJV Greenprint collects and presents information about the Valley’s resources through existing maps, data sources, resource preservation programs, policies and regulations (e.g. General Plans, Water Management Plans, Habitat Conservation Plans, Agricultural Preservation Programs, etc.), and has developed new data sources where needed. The SJV Greenprint provides a quantitative and qualitative assessment of Valley resources and trends.
The website for the SJV Greenprint provides an interactive online map database of more than 100 GIS maps that can be visually overlaid to look at potentially complementary or competing uses of land and identify the spatial patterns of regionally significant resources.
The maps have been organized into major themes
- Agriculture (Soils, crops, agricultural infrastructure)
- Biodiversity (Protected areas, restoration opportunities, habitat connectivity, and natural habitat)
- Water (Surface and groundwater resources)
- Energy (Opportunities for solar, wind, and oil)
Maps and may be accessed at:
History and Management
The San Joaquin Valley Greenprint project grew out of the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint, an effort launched in 2005 by the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies to guide urban growth in the eight Valley counties. Whereas the Blueprint addresses urban areas, the SJV Greenprint provides a voluntary framework to assist land use and resource management decisions in the Valley’s non-urban areas.
The SJV Greenprint, a project of the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council, started in 2011. It is managed by the Fresno Council of Governments. Decisions are guided by a Steering Committee representing the public, government agencies, and private sector and a diverse range of interests relating to Valley resources. Funding is provided by the California Strategic Growth Council.
The University of California at Davis, Information Center for the Environment (ICE) was contracted to gather, catalog, and analyze map data, to build an interactive mapping tool, and to develop a report summarizing the map analyses.
Steering Committee agendas and meeting notes may be viewed at: ADD LINK HERE