Draft Update to the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance is Available for Public Review and Comment
Catalyzed by direction from Governor Brown in 2016, the update to the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance (Guidance) reflects advances in sea-level rise science and addresses the needs of state agencies and local governments as they incorporate sea-level rise into their planning, permitting, and investment decisions.
The updated Guidance provides: 1) a synthesis of the best available science on sea-level rise projections and rates for California; 2) a stepwise approach for state agencies and local governments to evaluate those projections and related hazard information in decision-making; and 3) preferred coastal adaptation approaches.
The public comment period on the draft Guidance is open from November 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017.
Final adoption of the Guidance is anticipated at the Ocean Protection Council’s January 31, 2018 meeting.
On behalf of the California Ocean Protection Council, the California Natural Resources Agency, and the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance), OPC’s Climate Policy Advisor, Jenn Phillips, is representing California at the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany and as hosted by Fiji, to integrate the ocean into the global discussion on climate change. Read this press release from November 13, 2017, to learn more about the OA Alliance’s new members, including Fiji, and new plans for action at the climate talks in Bonn. Visit the COP23 website here. Follow real-time updates on OPC’s twitter. And watch the OA Alliance panel on protecting coastal communities on the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) lead’s Twitter here.
On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, the Ocean Protection Council hosted a workshop and panel discussion on California’s great white sharks. The workshop was held at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, 914 Capitol Mall, Room 500, Sacramento, CA 95814 from 10am to 12pm. At 1 PM, the Ocean Protection Council held a public meeting at the Natural Resource Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street in Sacramento.
Workshop video can be viewed here.
The updated Draft Strategy, derived from ideas generated at the first Ocean Litter workshop held in Oakland, CA in May 2017, is now available for review and comment. The comment period is open from September 14th through October 16th, 2017.
The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) welcomes nominations for a vacant seat on the OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) for a scientist with experience and knowledge with respect to the science supporting state and federally managed fisheries on the U.S. West Coast. OPC-SAT membership reflects the diversity of expertise needed to provide scientific advice to the California Ocean Protection Council in support of healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems. Nominations will be accepted until 30 September 2017. For more information, see the full announcement here.