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New Resources for Responding to Coastal Climate Change in California

Building on the growing momentum to address climate change impacts to coastal California, there are many funding, training and capacity-building events upcoming. These include Coastal Climate Change featured at the California Adaptation Forum, a free workshop on Sea-level Rise and Shoreline Change Planning Tools, 4th Climate Assessment Public Meetings, CivicSpark Climate Readiness Teams for Capacity-building for Local Governments in CA, the Kresge Foundation Initiative for Climate-Resilience for Low-income People, the State Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready Grant Program, and Local Technical Assistance Grants for Climate Change Impacts to Economic Development. Click here to learn more.

Local Coastal Program (LCP) grants application period now open!  Applications are due July 7, 2014.

The fiscal year 2014-15 application period for grant funds to support Local Coastal Program (LCP) planning is now open.  Funding is available through two coordinated grant programs.

  • Ocean Protection Council (OPC) LCP Sea-level Rise Grant Program: $1.2 million available for work that supports LCP updates specifically to address sea-level rise, including sea-level rise modeling, vulnerability assessments, and adaptation planning and policy development.
  • Coastal Commission LCP Planning Assistance Grant Program: $1 million available for updating and certifying LCPs; may include updates to address impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.

The OPC, Coastal Commission and State Coastal Conservancy are working together to manage these two separate grant programs.  To simplify the process for applicants, and streamline the review of the proposals, these two programs are offering a joint application.

Staff from the Coastal Commission and OPC will be available to assist you during the application process.  For more information on the grant program, please contact:

  • OPC LCP Sea-level Rise Grant Program – Abe Doherty, abe.doherty@resources.ca.gov
  • Coastal Commission LCP Planning Assistance Grant Program – Hilary Papendick, Statewide LCP Grant Coordinator, LCPGrantProgram@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-5294

In addition, the OPC continues to engage in interagency coordination on climate change issues through the Coastal and Ocean Working Group of the California Climate Action Team (CO-CAT). On March 15, 2013 OPC staff presented an update to the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document. The purpose of the SLR Guidance is to help state agencies incorporate future sea-level rise impacts into planning decisions, and was recently updated to include the best current science, as summarized in the final report from the National Academy of Sciences, Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.

The OPC is also an active member of  the Climate Change Action Coordination Team of the West Coast Governors’ Alliance, a tri-state (CA, OR, WA) coordinating body that addresses various ocean issues.  All of these entities helped fund the aforementioned National Academies study on Sea-Level Rise and the West Coast.

The West Coast Governors’ Alliance has also identified ocean acidification as a priority ocean and coastal health issue. A key first step to address this WCGA priority area is the convening of an ocean acidification and hypoxia panel. At its September 13, 2012 public meeting, the OPC formally charged the OPC Science Advisory  Team, under the leadership of the California Ocean Science Trust, with convening this panel. More about the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel and the OPC’s involvement in this issue can be found on the Ocean Acidification page.

Further, the OPC has taken steps to fund key studies, assist with policy and guidance, and staff initiatives to address a wide-range of climate change-related topics, as listed below:

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page last updated 4/24/13

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OPC Staff Contacts:

Sea Level Rise & Adaptation - Abe Doherty (916) 653-0540, abe.doherty@resources.ca.gov

Ecosystem Impacts - Clare Waldmann (916) 653-0542, clare.waldmann@resources.ca.gov

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