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


Round 2 of OPC Proposition 1 grant funding opened on December 18, 2017 and closed on February 23, 2018.

The priority issue areas for Round 2 of Proposition 1 funding were: marine managed areas; coastal and ocean water quality impacts; fisheries; and climate change adaptation. See the Grant Guidelines and Grant Proposal Solicitation for more details on funding priorities.





Application Checklist Resolution Template
Template – Project Workplan And Task Chart Certification Letter Requirements
Template – Preliminary Budget and Schedule Land Tenure / Property Data / Site Control Sheet
Non Profit Organization Questionnaire Willing Seller Letter Template
CEQA And Environmental Compliance Corps Consultation Review Form
Permit Approval Status Form


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.

More information about Proposition 1 can be found at the California Natural Resources Agency’s Bond Accountability Website.

If you have questions about the OPC Proposition 1 grant program, contact us via email at:

Adopted Final Version of “The California Collaborative Approach: Marine Protected Areas Partnership Plan”

APPROVED_FINAL_MPA_Partnership_Plan_12022014_Page_01OPC is thrilled to announce the adoption of “The California Collaborative Approach: Marine Protected Areas Partnership Plan” (Partnership Plan) at the December 2, 2014 OPC meeting. This plan outlines a partnership approach to managing California’s network of MPAs among state agencies, California tribes and tribal governments, fishermen, non-consumptive recreational users, academics, federal and local governments, and non-profits. The California Collaborative approach is the commitment for all partners to work together in support of a healthy ocean, and to use the network of MPAs as a key feature in that effort. The final adopted version is now available here.

West Coast Governors and BC Premier urge increased federal investment in ocean acidification research

On December 11, 2013,  Governor Brown, Governor Kitzhaber (OR), Governor Inslee (WA), and Premier Christy Clark (BC) sent a letter to President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper urging increased federal funding for ocean acidification research. The letter was prompted by the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, which specifically calls for action on ocean acidification.

For more information on the Pacific Coast Collaborative, please visit:

State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document

Update to the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document

The State of California is in the process of updating the State Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document. For more information, please visit:

Current Version of the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document

On Wednesday March 15, 2013 OPC staff presented an update to the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document. The purpose of the SLR Guidance remains the same, to help state agencies incorporate future sea-level rise impacts into planning decisions, but has now been 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.

OPC Strategic Plan 2012-2017

On February 17, 2012, the OPC adopted a new Strategic Plan to guide Council’s activities over the next five years.  The Strategic Plan proposes action in areas of critical need where the Council’s involvement can yield tangible progress and have the greatest impact.

  • Science-based decision-making
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable fisheries and marine ecosystems
  • Coastal and ocean impacts from land-based sources
  • Existing and emerging ocean uses