Please email comments to COPC.Prop1@resources.ca.gov
Or mail comments to:
Attn: Nick Sadrpour
The Ocean Protection Council
1416 Ninth Street
Suite 1311 Sacramento
The deadline for comments is August 21, 2015. The OPC will hold three public meetings around the state for the purpose of receiving comments on the draft guidelines:
- June 24th in Sacramento, 1416 Ninth Street, from 1-5pm;
- July 14 or 15 likely in Northern California, location TBD; and
- August 11 or 12 likely in Southern California, location TBD.
Specific locations and times will be available here on the OPC website (http://www.opc.ca.gov/) and on the Bond Accountability website (http://bondaccountability.resources.ca.gov/).
The draft guidelines will be presented as an informational item only at the OPC’s July 29 meeting in Sacramento, public comment is welcome.
The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Prop 1) was approved by voters in November 2014 (California Water Code (CWC) Division 26.7). Funding from Prop 1 is intended to fund projects that provide more reliable water supplies, restore important species and habitat, and develop a more resilient and sustainably managed water system (water supply, water quality, flood protection, and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.
Prop 1 Chapter 6, “Protecting Rivers, Lakes, Streams, Coastal Waters, and Watersheds”, allocates $30 million to the OPC for a competitive grant program for multibenefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities, CWC §79730 and §79731(d). It is the intent of the OPC 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.
Submit Public Comments
The Ocean Protection Council and California Natural Resources Agency are interested in getting input from stakeholders regarding implementation of AB2516, the Sea-level Rise Planning Database. We intend to incorporate comments and feedback into the final survey which will be distributed to entities named in AB2516 by the end of the month.
Comments on the Draft Survey Questions for the Sea-level Rise Planning Database, may be submitted through May 20, 2015 by one of the following methods:
emailed to SLR.Database@resources.ca.gov (*email is the preferred method)
or mailed to:
Ocean Protection Council
Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ocean Protection Council representatives will meet with co-chairs and members of the San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Catalina Island, and Santa Barbara Channel Marine Protected Area Collaboratives, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the Cabrillo Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Drive, San Pedro, California, to discuss common themes, identify needs, and make plans for the coming year. Council action will not occur at this forum. A copy of the agenda is available here
The Ocean Protection Council will be hosting a public webinar on Monday, May 4, 2015 from 11-12 to provide information on implementation of AB2516, the Sea-level Rise Planning Database, which calls on various entities to report on sea-level rise planning activities and for the Natural Resources Agency and Ocean Protection Council to make the information available online. Later this month the Ocean Protection Council will be releasing a public review draft of the survey that will be sent to the reporting entities. This survey has been mandated by Public Resources Code Division 20.6 §30961-30968. Under this law, required entities are to submit their information by July 1, 2015. This information will then be made publically available in a catalogue on the Natural Resources Agency website. Please contact SLRdatabase@resources.ca.gov with any questions.
Readying California’s Fisheries for Climate Change – Workshop Summary, Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team
As the State’s anointed conduit to the broader scientific community, the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) is the appropriate venue for the State to access external scientific expertise and support. At this workshop Ocean Science Trust brought together the OPC-SAT, state managers and policymakers, and other experts to develo approaches to planning for the potential risks to our fisheries from climate change – a shared priority between the Ocean Protection Council (OPC), the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Below are the initial areas of agreement and outcomes that emerged, providing a sound starting point for efforts going forward.