California King Tides Initiative Highlights Report 2011-12 released

The 2011-2012 California King Tides Initiative Highlights Report is released. This report provides an overview of the successes of the campaign from the 2011-2012 season, while highlighting by region some of the most impactful images from along the California coast during King Tide events. The report also tells of the story and involvement of five initiative participants and provides  examples of sea-level rise planning efforts in CA. To view the report please click here.






Thank You Ocean Podcast: San Clemente Dam Removal Project

Since 1921, the Carmel River and its wildlife resources have been impacted by San Clemente Dam. As a result, the Carmel River suffers accelerated erosion, the once vibrant steelhead run has dramatically decreased, and lives and property below the dam are threatened with potential collapse of the dam — which has been deemed unsafe by the State of California. We speak with Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer, State Coastal Conservancy. He discusses an extraordinary opportunity to remove the antiquated dam through a unique example of public and private interests working together to realize benefits far beyond what either could achieve working alone.

We invite you to watch this video podcast by visiting the Thank You Ocean website.


OPC November 29, 2012 Meeting Highlights

TO: California Ocean and Coastal Community

FROM: John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources

DATE: January 2, 2012

SUBJECT: Ocean Protection Council Meeting Summary – November 29, 2012 in Sacramento

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) convened its last meeting of 2012 on November 29 in Sacramento. The Council authorized up to $2,500,000 to fund competitive grants to create vulnerability assessments, data collection, and updates to Local Coastal Programs to help local governments plan for adaptation to sea-level rise and associated climate change impacts along the open coast of California. The Council was updated on progress to support state agencies’ use and sharing of scientific and geospatial information for coastal- and ocean-relevant decision making. The Council was also presented with information on State Water Resources Control Board’s proposed trash policy and Southern California Coastal Water Research Project’s report evaluating the impact of 40 years of implementing the Clean Water Act on the southern California coastal ocean.

For further information, we encourage you to visit our website to access the meeting summary or the meeting webcast. The Ocean Protection Council’s next meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on March 27th, 2013 at the Natural Resources Auditorium at 1416 Ninth Street in Sacramento.