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.
FORMS AND TEMPLATES
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: OPC_Prop1grants@resources.ca.gov
OPC 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.
Letters to Congress regarding ocean initiatives in the federal FY15 Budget (March 2014)
On December 31, 2013, Secretary for Natural Resources and OPC Chair John Laird sent the attached letter to the California Congressional delegation to encourage them to support funding for the Coastal Zone Management grants (within NOAA) in the FY13-14 budget at $71 million. This level of funding is consistent with allocations established by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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: http://www.pacificcoastcollaborative.org
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: http://www.opc.ca.gov/climate-change/updating-californias-sea-level-rise-guidance/
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.
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
Notice of Intention to Amend the Conflict of Interest Code of the Ocean Protection Council
Proposed Amendment to the Conflict of Interest Code of the Ocean Protection Council