Ocean Protection Council Meeting — March 14, 2018

On Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, the Ocean Protection Council held a public meeting at 3 PM, at the California Energy Commission, Charles Imbrecht Room, 1516 Ninth Street in Sacramento. Remote participation was available at the University of California, Santa Barbara–Bren School of Environmental Science and Management,
Bren Hall, Room 4316, Santa Barbara CA.

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1-Pager on the Proposition 1 and Proposition 84 Competitive Grant Programs

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) was established to improve the management and protection of ocean and coastal resources and ecosystems. One of the many ways OPC achieves this purpose is by supporting innovative research that directly informs and improves the stewardship of ocean and coastal resources. While we hope our grant guidelines are clear and straightforward to use, we wanted to offer this 1-pager resource to help potential grant applicants navigate the differences between the Proposition 1 and Proposition 84 grant programs, both of which currently have open solicitations for proposals. Applicants may apply to both Proposition 1 and Proposition 84 competitive grant programs simultaneously. … read more

Ocean Protection Council Opposes New Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling on California’s Outer Continental Shelf

On February 7, 2018 Ocean Protection Council Chairman John Laird sent a comprehensive letter to the Secretary of the Department of Interior outlining the Council’s objections to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s 2019–2024 Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The letter can be found here. The letter is in response to a resolution adopted by the Council on January 31, 2018 which state’s the Council’s opposition to the 2019-2024 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program and directs the Council Chairman to submit a letter to the Department of Interior on behalf of the Council. The resolution can be found here.

Additionally on February 7th, the Sacramento Bee published an op-ed written by Secretary Laird.  The op-ed can be found here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article198829809.html

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