Western Riverside County's residents, businesses, organizations, and public agencies want to ensure expected growth produces a successful, sustainable, and resilient subregion that current and future generations will continue to enjoy. WRCOG works to address these issues through its various planning initiatives.

Resilient IE

WRCOG, in coordination with the San Bernardino County Transportation Commission (SBCTA), is developing a Regional Adaptation Toolkit for Transportation Infrastructure, known as "Resilient IE", to support regional efforts to prepare for and mitigate risks associated with climate adaptation and transportation infrastructure.  This project is funded by a $680k Caltrans grant.  For more information on the project and progress to date, click here

Resilient IE Phase II – Analyses for Smart Climate Resilient Transportation Planning and Investments – will expand and advance the pilot Toolkit by conducting risk assessments on a sample of vulnerable transportation assets that provide full asset value, including the needs of disadvantaged and/or vulnerable communities and transit dependent populations. The project will continue engagement and collaboration of partnerships across state, regional, and local governments and stakeholders. Critical partners will include transportation users who rely on an operating regional transportation network to gain access to businesses, hospitals, and shelters. The Analyses will research and develop adaptation strategies, with their associated costs, by projecting the cost of damages and repairs to various asset classes as well as the impact of the assets’ failure on the community. Furthermore, the project will incorporate co-benefits to public health, natural ecosystems, social equity, the economy, and greenhouse gas reduction. Ultimately the Analyses will provide local jurisdictions with concrete tools, methods, and resources for the region to incorporate asset risk into their planning processes for sound transportation project prioritization and investment.

Climate Action Plan 

In 2014, WRCOG completed a Subregional Climate Action Plan (CAP), branded as CAPtivate, that recommends strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CAPtivate also included a study on Climate Adaptation and Resiliency, and a Model Book to assist with implementation of recommended CAP measures.

WRCOG recently received grant funding from the Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program to prepare an update and expansion to WRCOG’s Subregional Climate Action Plan (CAP), branded as the CAP Update. The CAP Update provides local jurisdictions a process through which they can collaborate, share ideas, and develop a customized local CAP. It can also help jurisdictions streamline environmental review and gain access to new sources of state funding.

The CAP Update will include a comprehensive update to greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and GHG emissions reduction strategies for all sectors and establishes GHG targets for the years 2030 and 2050 for all WRCOG member jurisdictions. It is anticipated that the CAP Update will be complete by June 2021.  For more information on this project, please view the Fact Sheet here.

Water Quality

WRCOG completed a study in 2016 to analyze the opportunities and constraints that new development and redevelopment projects confront in meeting recently enacted requirements for on-site control and dispersal of stormwater runoff. WRCOG evaluated the feasibility of developing a regional water quality mitigation program to meet MS4 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit provisions for alternative compliance.