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Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team Working Group Releases Report on Sea-level Rise Science

A seven-member working group of the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team has provided the State with a report on the best available sea-level rise science — including recent scientific advances on the role of polar ice loss. The report, entitled Rising Seas in California: An Update on Sea-level Rise Science, includes key findings, an analysis of the contributors that affect how much sea levels will rise along California’s coast, as well as new information on the likelihood of sea level changes based on different greenhouse gas emission scenarios.

This report provides the scientific foundation for updating the State’s Sea-level Rise Guidance Document, which was initially released in 2010 and updated in 2013. Now, the Ocean Protection Council is leading a process to update this statewide guidance document, in collaboration with the California Natural Resources Agency, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the California Energy Commission and the Ocean Science Trust. The guidance document will reflect recent scientific advances and focus on the needs of local governments and state agencies as they incorporate sea-level rise projections into planning, permitting, investment and other decisions.

Public input will be integrated into the final guidance document, which is scheduled for adoption by the California Ocean Protection Council in January 2018. A series of listening sessions to better understand the needs of those who will use the guidance document are occurring on April 17 and 18, 2017. To register, please visit the Updating California’s Sea Level Rise Guidance Document page. A series of public workshops to share the science findings and solicit feedback on how stakeholders will utilize the guidance document will occur in May and June 2017. A draft guidance document will be circulated for formal public comment in the fall of 2017.

The science report is available here.

The press release on the report is available here.

For additional details on the process, please visit the Updating California’s Sea Level Rise Guidance Document page.

Ocean Protection Council Meeting — April 26th, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 1 PM, the Ocean Protection Council with hold a public meeting at the Natural Resource Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street in Sacramento.

Watch Meeting Live (link will become active on the day of the meeting)

Updating the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document

The State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document, initially adopted in 2010 and updated in 2013, provides guidance to state agencies for incorporating sea-level rise projections into planning, permitting, investment and other decisions. Now, the California Ocean Protection Council and the California Natural Resources Agency, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, California Energy Commission, and the California Ocean Science Trust, are updating this statewide guidance to reflect recent advances in ice loss science and projections of sea-level rise. The updated guidance will focus on the needs of state agencies and local governments. It will help cities and counties as they comply with a new law that requires them to incorporate climate change into their planning efforts.  The updated guidance document will also assist state agencies prepare for, and adapt to climate change, as directed by Governor Brown’s recent Executive Order.

For more information, please see Updating the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document

We will be soliciting feedback on a draft policy guidance framework during three public workshops across the state. Please save the dates for these workshops:

May 16 – Los Angeles, CA
May 22 – San Francisco, CA
June 8 – Eureka, CA

DCTF Executive Committee Conference Call Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10:00am

The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee will hold a public conference call on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10:00am to provide updates on topics directly impacting the Dungeness crab fishery and to discuss a fishery management proposal related to districts 6 and 7, sunsetting Dungeness crab regulations, and the long-term functioning of the California Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF) beyond 2019.

OPC is hiring an Environmental Scientist

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is hiring an Environmental Scientist to manage its Proposition 1 (Prop 1) grant program and provide support for OPC’s other priority programs (climate change, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, and marine debris), as needed.  For more information on how to apply, please click here.

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (otherwise known as Prop 1) allocates $30 million to the OPC for a competitive grant program for multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities. OPC is working to fund projects that meet Prop 1 criteria and fulfill of the mission of the OPC to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. The Environmental Scientist will be responsible for leading all aspects of OPC’s Prop 1 competitive grant program, including but not limited to: revising grant guidelines, if needed; leading public outreach efforts; screening applications for compliance with the program; scoring applications; managing the review committee’s evaluation process; and scheduling site visits.  The Environmental Scientist will also be responsible for grant and contract management including developing grant/contract content, tracking deliverables, processing invoices, and coordinating with grantees.  The Environmental Scientist may also provide additional support and capacity for OPC’s other priority areas, including grant management of Proposition 84 funds.  The Environmental Scientist should have a strong working knowledge of coastal and ocean issues in California; experience managing grants and contracts, leading public outreach efforts and stakeholder engagement, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are highly desirable.

The OPC is a state entity that works to (1) coordinate activities among ocean-related state agencies to improve the effectiveness of state efforts to protect ocean resources, (2) establish policies to coordinate the collection and sharing of scientific data related to coastal and ocean resources between agencies, (3) identify and recommend changes in state and federal law and policy to the Governor and Legislature, and (4) allocate and execute delegated bond funds and other designated funds in a manner that is transparent and in line with OPC’s priorities.

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