Ocean Protection Council Meeting, June 12, 2013

Meeting Agenda
June 12, 2013
Teleconference: Various Locations – See Below

John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources, Council Chair
Matt Rodriquez, Secretary for Environmental Protection
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, Chair of the State Lands Commission
Geraldine Knatz, Public Member
Michael Brown, Public Member
Toni Atkins, State Assemblymember
Fran Pavley, State Senator

  1. ACTION:  Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $418,500 to the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) for: 1) costs associated with transferring operations from the State Coastal Conservancy,  2) costs associated with the OPC Executive Director position,  3) funding the California Thank You Ocean campaign, and 4) funding to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation to assist the OPC and the Department of Fish and Wildlife complete a statewide governance and implementation plan for state marine protected areas and to initiate work on regional plans.

Meeting locations:

Natural Resources Agency
Conference Room, Room 1305
1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Santa Barbara
850 Cathedral Vista Lane
Santa Barbara, CA  93110

Note: All sites will be accessible to members of the public, with an agenda and opportunity for public comment on the action item will be afforded

All written comments must be received by COB June 10, 2013 to be included in packages for the council members.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Joanna Stone at (916) 653-9710 or joanna.stone@resources.ca.gov.

 Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this council meeting should contact Ms. Stone no later than five days prior to meeting.

Thank You Ocean Report: Children’s Songs from the Sea: Banana Slug String Band

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdVl7-FVvNE[/youtube]An ocean of fun! The Banana Slug String Band is committed to educational entertainment for children and families through interactive music and performance. Their Only One Ocean CD is 14 rockin’ songs designed to inspire youngens (in age and at heart) and their families to learn about and care for the ocean. Only One Ocean was produced with support from the National Marine Educators Association, Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence, the NOAA Office of Exploration, Lawrence Hall of Science and the College of Exploration. We invite you to watch this fun video podcast with fun song clips!

For a limited time, enjoy a FREE song download from the Only One Ocean CD when you visit the Thank You Ocean website.  You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.



OPC March 27, 2013 Meeting Summary

The Ocean Protection Council’s (OPC) March 27 meeting in Sacramento addressed topics including an updated Sea Level Rise Guidance document, Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia and the State of the Central Coast Symposium on California’s Marine Protected Areas. The highlights of our meeting are below (click on “more” tab). For further information, we encourage you to visit our meetings page to access the meeting minutes and the webcast.

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CA Ocean Science Trust Releases Progress Report

ScreenShot016California Ocean Science Trust (OST) releases CalOST Progress Report, covering October 2009 through September 2012.  The OST invites you to review the report and learn more about their work, impact, and ongoing partnerships.

To request a hard copy please contact Emily Knight of the OST.

To learn more about the partnership between the Ocean Protection Council and the Ocean Science Trust, please click on the “‘more” tab:


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Local Coastal Program Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Grant Announcement Program

LCP_SLR_2013_AnnouncementThe Ocean Protection Council, California Coastal Commission and State Coastal Conservancy announce the availability of grants to encourage local governments and other entities responsible for planning under the California Coastal Act to develop and adopt updated plans that conserve and protect coastal resources from future impacts from sea-level rise and related climate change impacts such as extreme weather events.

Applications are due July 15, 2013. We expect to award grants in the fall of 2013. Applications must be emailed (or postmarked) by the submission date. The full announcement is available here. The grant application form is available here.





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: https://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.

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Cost to West Coast Communities of Dealing with Trash and Reducing Marine Debris

ScreenShot035Through a 2012 contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Kier Associates quantified the cost spent by 90 cities, large and small, in California, Oregon and Washington located along the coast or in watersheds draining to the ocean, to clean up litter and prevent trash from entering the ocean or waterways leading to it. The study finds that these West Coast communities, regardless of their size, spend an annual average $13 per resident to control litter and reduce marine debris. Nearly fifty million people live in these three states and over 85 percent of them live on the ocean or along rivers leading to it. West Coast communities are, therefore, spending more than $520,000,000 a year to combat litter and prevent marine debris. This public cost burden makes a compelling argument for accelerating the search for effective strategies to reduce and prevent trash streams that enter our waterways and contribute to marine debris.

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.






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.