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Proposition 1: Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) staff has developed draft Proposition 1 guidelines [download]. The public is encouraged to review and comment on these draft guidelines.

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
CA 95814

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 from 2-5pm (*this is a change in time) at the California Natural Resources Agency Auditorium (First Floor), 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California
  • July 14th from 9-11am at the Southern California Coastal Water Resources Project, 3535 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, California
  • August 11th from 9:30-11:30am at the Wharfinger Building (Bay Room), 1 Marina Way, Eureka, California

More information about Proposition 1 can be found at the California Natural Resources Agency’s Bond Accountability Website (http://bondaccountability.resources.ca.gov/).

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.

Public Comment for Draft Survey Questions for the Sea-level Rise Planning Database

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:

Nick Sadrpour
Ocean Protection Council
Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814

Public Meeting – South Coast Collaborative Forum

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

Public Webinar – Monday, May 4, 2015 – Implementation of AB2516, Sea-level Rise Planning Database

UPDATED: Download the Webinar ArchiveDownload the Powerpoint Presentation

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.  

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