December 5, 2017

The California Air Resources Board has released the Proposed Final 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update

The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) announces the release of the proposed final version of the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan.  The 2017 Scoping Plan describes the actions the State will take to achieve the SB 32 climate goal of reducing GHGs at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

The 2017 Scoping Plan will be presented to the Board on December 14, 2017, for consideration for approval.


November 29, 2017

$20 off for the 20th anniversary of the Whale Tail License Plate

The WHALE TAIL® License Plate gives drivers a way to help protect and restore the priceless California coast and ocean. Funds raised by the WHALE TAIL® Plate support many conservation efforts, including the annual Coastal Cleanup Day and other beach cleanups, bringing tens of thousands of volunteers to clean our beaches and waterways. The plate also supports the WHALE TAIL® Grants program, which funds education and stewardship at the local level, beach access, restoration of fish and wildlife habitat, and the preservation of natural areas throughout the state.

The cost is $50 for a standard numbered plate and $103 for a plate with a personalized message. The majority of this cost and the entire annual renewal fee ($40 for a standard numbered plate and $78 for a personalized plate) is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

You can order WHALE TAIL® Plates online on the DMV website or download a form to order by mail. To receive a $20 rebate:

  1. Buy your plate online.
  2. Take a screenshot of your purchase confirmation page.

Go here to upload your screenshot and get a $20 rebate!

The Delta Conservancy Invites You to Help Enhance the Delta as an Evolving Place by Discussing Delta Signage Plans


As part of implementing recommendations in the Council’s Delta Plan for protecting and enhancing the Delta as an evolving place, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy and the Delta Protection Commission are working to improve navigation and awareness of the Delta by determining where Delta signs should go and what they should look like.


Visit CA Delta, a collaboration of Delta residents, businesses, and state agencies, will hold community meetings to discuss signage needs, their locations and designs as part of a new Delta Sign Plan.


Click here for more information about the plan and upcoming meetings.


Notice of Postponement of the Public Meeting and Consideration of Adoption – Bacteria Provisions

This message serves as a courtesy Notice of Postponement of the Public Meeting and Consideration of Adoption on the proposed Part 3 of the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries of California—Bacteria Provisions and a Water Quality Standards Variance Policy and the Proposed Final Amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan for Ocean Waters of California—Bacteria Provisions and a Water Quality Standards Variance Policy (hereafter Bacteria Provisions) scheduled for December 5, 2017.


A formal Revised Notice of Public Meeting and Consideration of Adoption of the Bacteria Provisions will be posted and released as soon as n alternative date is finalized.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Abstract Submission Deadline EXTENDED for Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands


The abstract submission deadline for the 12th International Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands (BioGeo 2018), to  be held April 23-26, 2018 in Coral Springs, Florida, has been extended to midnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Sunday, December 3.


BioGeo 2018 features talks and poster presentations selected from contributed abstract submissions, as well as sessions organized by our Scientific Program Committee.  Topics of focus are listed on the Topics Page but do not feel limited to these areas. We seek to capture all emerging issues and new ideas related to your expertise.

Use this template to create a perfectly formatted abstract.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Abstracts must be submitted via the online submission form linked on the symposium web site. Emailed files will not be considered for presentation. For detailed abstract preparation and submission instructions, visit the Call for Abstracts section of the web site.

The new Coastal Research Institute (CRI) was recently launched at Loyola M

Coastal Research Institute Launches Today as a Partnership Between The Bay Foundation and
Loyola Marymount University

arymount University (LMU), formed by The Bay Foundation and LMU’s Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. The new entity plans to engage LMU faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in hands-on approaches to research related to coastal resource management in Los Angeles. Environmental issues facing coastal Los Angeles, and many regions around the world, include water quality and supply, coastal flooding, the protection and restoration of wildlife and ecosystems, coastal access, public health, fisheries, and education. Conducting applied work is expected to provide experience and the skills needed by LMU students to be ready to work for a global community. The institute will offer applied research studies, student internships and an annual proceedings titled Urban Coast. Please visit

November 10, 2017

Abstract Submission Still Open for 2nd International Symposium on Hydraulic Modelling and Measuring Technology (ISHMMT2018)

With the fast development of physical and numerical modelling technology as well as measuring and controlling technology, much progress has been made in the field of hydraulic physical modelling, numerical modelling and field investigation, which have played and will play an important role in hydraulic engineering and research. In order to meet such development, the 2nd International Symposium on Hydraulic Modelling and Measuring Technology (ISHMMT 2018) is to be held in Nanjing, China in June 2018, which will provide a unique platform for technical exchange and demonstration of the development and new ideas in recent years.

If you are interested in this symposium and planning to submit an abstract, please check

Call for 2024 ICCE Host Proposals

The International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE), under the auspices of COPRI ( of ASCE, is held every two years to provide researchers and practitioners in our field a venue for state-of-the-art reporting of findings and discussions. The Coastal Engineering Research Council of COPRI is now calling for proposals for the 39th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, to be held in 2024.  The proposal should be sent electronically (pdf format) to Prof. Patrick Lynett ( by April 30, 2018. 

Master of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy (MAS CSP) program

Be part of a group of professionals truly prepared to work at the intersection of climate science and policy. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego announces a December 11, 2017, early consideration application deadline for the Master of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy (MAS CSP) program. In this intensive 11-month program you’ll learn both the physical basis of climate change and gain an understanding of how law, policy, and society must be transformed as we continue to develop a path forward through the challenges of climate change. Apply now by clicking here (

Delta Plan Amendments Program Environmental Impact Report Available for Public Review and Comment

The Delta Stewardship Council (Council), pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), released the Delta Plan Amendments Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for a 47-day public review and comment period.

The State of the California North Coast report

Learn about the biological, ecological, oceanographic, and socioeconomic conditions around the time of marine protected area (MPA) implementation on the North Coast. The North Coast region includes more than 1,000 square miles of state water from Point Arena to the California-Oregon border, and this report establishes a benchmark of conditions against which future changes can be compared.

River Defenders File Lawsuit to Protect California’s Waterways

A coalition of river defenders filed a lawsuit against the State Water Resources Control Board for its failure to meet key Clean Water Act and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements intended to protect the ecological health of waterways. Lawyers for Clean Water is representing the coalition in the lawsuit. Click here to read the full lawsuit.

November 3, 2017

Water Leaders Program Pairs Class Members with Experts in Policy, Management and Science

The one-year Water Leaders program gets you out of the office and into the field – whether it’s on one of the water tours to the Delta or the lower Colorado River, or meeting with your assigned mentor. Click on the main Water Leaders web page, where you can get more information and download an application that you can fill out on your computer or print out.

Soil Conservation Pioneer Bennett Featured in New Documentary

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announces the release of a documentary on soil conservation pioneer Hugh Hammond Bennett and the birth of the private lands conservation movement in the U.S. See the video here.

Students, parents, and teachers – Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

 California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2018 to be eligible for the upcoming contest. For rules and entry form (and helpful links for teachers and students), visit our website 


The State Water Board is developing amendments to the Water Quality Control Plan for Enclosed Bays and Estuaries of California:  Sediment Quality Provisions.  The amendments to the plan include application and implementation of the sediment quality objective (SQO) protecting benthic communities from direct exposure to pollutants in sediments, and application and implementation of the SQO protecting human consumers of resident sportfish from contaminants that bioaccumulate from sediment into fish tissue.  The Proposed Amendments and related documents and information are available on the State Water Board’s web site. The State Water Board will hold a public hearing on December 5th to receive public input and comments on the Proposed Amendments and Draft Staff Report.  A quorum of the State Water Board may be present; however, no Board action will be taken.

Call for Abstracts: Coast to Coast 2018 Conference – Meeting on the Margin, 16-20 April 2018, Hobart.

Authors are invited to submit their abstracts for the 2018 Conference, as well as for consideration for a journal publication. Submissions close October 27, 2017. You can submit your abstract here.

USGBC-LA Launches New Website

The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles chapter (USGBC-LA) has launched a revamped website.  The website is fresh and clean-cut with new features, offering a direct, informative and visual framework for any member or volunteer who wishes to be involved and take impactful action toward a sustainable built environment, for themselves or for their community. You can visit the new website here.

2017 Aquatec Equipment Awards

The 2017 Aquatec Equipment Awards are now open, giving students and early career researchers the opportunity to use Aquatec’s innovative instruments for their research. This year, students have the chance to win the use of our latest and most advanced turbidity logger yet – the AQUAlogger 310TYPT.  The research must take place by 31st July 2018. The short entry form can be found on the Aquatec website. Find out more at

Share Your Feedback on the Delta Conservation Framework Document

You can read the draft document here.  The document focuses on conducting conservation to improve long term ecosystem function and engaging the Delta stakeholder community in conservation planning.

You can provide feedback by:

  • E-mailing comments by November 10thto CDFW staff at:
  • Mailing comments by November 10thto:
    CDFW Water Branch
    PO Box 944209
    Sacramento, CA 94244

Attending one of two workshops at the:
Jean Harvie Community Center
14273 River Rd, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

Thursday, October 19th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday, October 30th from 1 to 4 p.m.

Request for Grant Proposals: Calleguas Creek In-Lieu Fee Program Deadline Extension Nov 13, 2017

The State Coastal Conservancy is requesting grant proposals for aquatic resource restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects located within the Calleguas Creek watershed that may be completed through expenditure of the Calleguas Creek In-Lieu Fee Program’s account balance of $2,300,000. Proposed projects may be of any size and need not satisfy the Program’s entire 20.05-acre mitigation obligation, however, higher priority will be given to those projects that provide greater acreage. Applications are due November 13, 2017 and can be submitted via email; no hard copies are required. Application materials can be accessed at Calleguas Creek In-Lieu Fee Program

September 29, 2017
Early deadline for ASBPA’s National Coastal Conference is FRIDAY
Oct. 24-27, 2017
Early registration and hotel deadline Sept. 29. Additional information about the conference can be found here.
Block Grant for Electric Vehicle Charger Incentive Projects, 17-EVI-01, Leslie Graham for Green Commuter Comments Rural context for EV charging stations
Docket Number: 17-EVI-01
Project Title: Block Grant for Electric Vehicle Charger Incentive Projects
TN Number: 221324
Title: Leslie Graham for Green Commuter Comments Rural context for EV charging stations
Filer: Leslie Graham for Green Commuter
Organization: Leslie Graham for Green Commuter
Role: Other Interested Person
Submission Date: 9/28/2017 10:44:58 AM
Docketed Date: 9/28/2017
Submission Type: Comment
Page(s): 1
September 22, 2017
Public Comments Due Sept. 25, 4 p.m. on San Diego County Draft Climate Action Plan
The County Planning & Development Services Climate Action Plan (CAP) team would like to remind you that the public comment period for the County Draft CAP will close on Monday, September 25 at 4 p.m.

A link to the documents is available at the County’s CAP website:

All comments on the Draft CAP, Draft SEIR, and other project related documents must be provided, in writing, to or as otherwise indicated in the Notice of Availability document.
If you missed one of the four public informational meetings held over the last few weeks, click here to view the presentation.
A New Coastal Resilience Resource
Looking for basic info about sea level rise, coastal flooding, and how coastal communities are protecting themselves?  What about coastal-related grant opportunities and legislation?  Want to find out about trustworthy organizations and websites focused on enhancing the coastal environment shores?  How about the latest reports from CRS and GAO on disaster assistance and flood insurance?  WaterLog has you covered, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg (so to speak). You can test-drive it at
September 8, 2017
ASBPA’s National Coastal Conference
Oct. 24-27, 2017
Early registration and hotel deadline Sept. 29

For details about the conference, visit the ASBPAs website.
Click here to register to register for the conference.

September 1, 2017
ICCE 2018 – Baltimore Abstract Deadline today, Sept 1

The deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2018 ICCE in Baltimore is this Friday.

Abstracts should follow the ICCE template:
and should be submitted through this web page:
August 11, 2017
This fellowship is a partnership with the Delta Stewardship Council – Delta Science Program. The fellowship invests in research that will advance the understanding of the complex environments and systems within the Bay-Delta system to aid policy-makers and managers, and train the next generation of scientists dedicated to working on water issues in California. Application Deadline: September 25, 2017, 4:00 p.m. PST. Apply here.
August 4, 2017
The State Fellows Program provides an opportunity to acquire “on the job” experience in the planning and implementation of marine and/or coastal resource policies and programs in the state of California. The program matches highly motivated and qualified graduate students and recent graduates with hosts in state, federal, or municipal agencies in California for a 12-month paid fellowship. Application Deadline: September 1, 2017, 11:59 pm PST. Apply here.
June 23, 2017
Tyler Rasmussen Named to The Bay Foundation Board

Tyler Rasmussen, an attorney and partner in the Irvine office of Fisher Phillips, has been named to the Board of the Directors of The Bay Foundation. “The Board of Directors and the Foundation’s Executive Director Tom Ford are honored and excited to welcome Tyler. Tyler is a perfect fit to be part of TBF’s Board.  Not only does Tyler understand the degradation of Santa Monica Bay as a longtime surfer in these waters, but as an attorney, he has a breadth of knowledge that will only serve to contribute to the organization’s ongoing successful work, of which I am very proud,” states Laurie Newman, President, TBF Board of Directors.

June 16, 2017
ARB Board Meeting Public Agenda

The Public Agenda is now available for the June 22, 2017, Board Meeting. Please click here.

May 26, 2017
ASBPA Names 2017 Best Restored Beaches

With the beginning of the summer beach season a few days away, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) today released its annual list of the nation’s best restored beaches. This year’s winners are from the north Atlantic, mid-Atlantic, south Atlantic and Gulf coasts. A complete list of award-winning beaches, and more information about beach restoration and ASBPA, is available online at

May 19, 2017

Santa Monica Launches Another 1st in Stormwater Harvesting, Water Self-Sufficiency

Continuing to move toward water self-sufficiency, promote water conservation, and reduce potable water use, the City of Santa Monica will officially open the Los Amigos Park Stormwater Harvesting and Direct Use Demonstration Project, on May 23rd during National Public Works Week. The project is a collaboration with the Santa Monica-Malibu School District and the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), and marks another first in infrastructure advancement. Los Amigos is the first retrofit project to harvest offsite wet and dry weather runoff from an adjacent, existing storm drain for multiple beneficial uses, such as restroom toilet flushing and the irrigation of athletic fields. The project was financed by a grant from MWD and the Clean Beaches & Ocean Parcel Tax (Measure V). Stormwater will be stored and treated on-site. This “new water” demonstration project brings a new water source into the system, water that would normally be sent to Santa Monica Bay either treated or untreated. For more information: To attend opening, click here.

The Climate Trust Seeks Candidates to Fill Two Open Board of Directors Roles


The Climate Trust (The Trust), a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in mobilizing conservation finance, is actively seeking candidates for two open seats on its Board of Directors. Professionals with a clean technology or clean energy background will be given priority for the two open seats, which are also slated for membership on The Trust’s Oregon Offset Committee. Oregon residence and/or close ties to the state’s business community are preferred.Qualified candidates may express their interest through The Trust’s online application process. Applications submitted prior to May 31, 2017 will be given priority for the two open board seats, however, submissions for non-Oregon Offset Committee board seats will be accepted on a rolling basis for the remainder of the year.
May 12, 2017

Headwaters to Ocean (H2O) Conference

Remember to register for the H2O Conference at UCI’s Beckman Center, May 23- 24, with an evening kickoff reception on May 22 at the Muth Interpretive Center.

National Water Quality Monitoring Council Releases 14th Edition of E-Newsletter

TheNational Water Quality Monitoring Council (or “Council”)has released the 14thedition of its online newsletter, National Water Monitoring News, which is available here.

Santa Monica Beach Goes ‘Wild’ to Protect Beaches, Address Coastal Risks

The Bay Foundation held a ribbon-cutting this week for the Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project. This project, in partnership with the City of Santa Monica, and approved by State Parks, is transforming an approximately three-acre section of existing sandy beach into a healthy, beautiful coastal ecosystem, to address coastal hazard risks while protecting and enhancing coastal resources, such as public beach access and recreation, natural shoreline habitat, and aesthetic values.  Seeded in December, the steady rain over the winter produced thousands of sprouting seedlings, the beginnings of hummocks and regular visits from wildlife (including the western snowy plover!); all of which are starting to make this part of the highly visited Santa Monica State Beach a “wild beach,” a natural habitat this part of California hasn’t seen in decades. The project site attracted the first western snowy plover nest on LA County Beaches in 70 years, however it disappeared during intense winds. Other nests are surfacing – more info HERE. Please CLICK HERE to learn more about the beach project.

May 5, 2017

State Water Board Adopts Mercury Limits for Water Bodies

On May 2nd, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted rules to protect people and wildlife consuming fish from freshwater streams, lakes and rivers in California that contain mercury – a potent neurotoxin.The Board’s action sets what are called “water quality objectives” which are required to establish safe consumption levels for fish that are known to have accumulated mercury. The rules also establish two water quality objectives designed to protect wildlife from the harmful effects of mercury. For more information on safe consumption of wild caught fish, please visit this resource.

Remote Sensing – Special Issue on “Instruments and Methods for Ocean Observation and Monitoring”
The Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292), a peer-reviewed (Web of Science listed) journal, is seeking papers for the upcoming special issue on “Instruments and Methods for Ocean Observation and Monitoring”

The submission deadline is 31 October 2017. More information is available here.

Congratulations to the 2017 Climate Action Champions

The Climate Action Reserve presented the 2017 Mary D. Nichols Climate Action Champion Awards during the Navigating the American Carbon World conference to Tom Steyer, a business leader, philanthropist, and outspoken climate advocate who founded NextGen Climate to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans; Secretary Matt Rodriquez, who as the Secretary for Environmental Protection of the California Environmental Protection Agency builds, nurtures, and serves as an ambassador for California’s climate and environmental programs; and Ken Alex, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and the Chair of the Strategic Growth Council, in which capacity he spearheaded the Under2 MOU. The annual awards recognize outstanding leadership and deep commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

April 14, 2017
USGBC-LA Chapter Wins LA County Green Leadership Award

The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) has received the Los Angeles County Green Leadership Award for a nonprofit agency for its 2016 campaign “Road to Greenbuild”. The campaign was prepared over months to showcase sustainable built environments and initiatives across LA County to over 18,000 people attending an international green building conference here over 72 hours.

ARB Research Seminar: Live-Cycle Assessment and Co-Benefits of Cool Pavements

“Cool” (high albedo) pavements represent one part of sustainable, cool community programs that-alongside other strategies like urban forestry, solar PV, and cool roofs-help cities, regions, and the state meet greenhouse
gas (GHG) emission reduction and sustainable communities goals. While cool pavements can reduce GHG emissions from building energy use, mitigate urban
heat islands, and improve air quality in cities, it is also important to consider the environmental consequences of pavement materials and pavement construction, and thus the life-cycle environmental impacts.  More information about the seminar and webcast is available here.

April 7, 2017

EPA Awards $300,000 to East Bay Small Business

EPA has awarded $300,000 to Industrial Microbes, Inc., located in Emeryville, Calif., for its innovative work aimed at making chemical manufacturing more efficient and less polluting. The company is one of nine small businesses nationwide receiving a total of nearly $2.7 million to develop and commercialize new environmental technologies.Industrial Microbes received the funding to develop a microbe that, by consuming carbon dioxide and methane, produces a chemical used to make synthetic fibers and biodegradable plastics. EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) funds small businesses developing green technologies that protect the environment. Information about the EPA SBIR Phase II awards is available here.

“Sea to Shining Sea” – The National Marine Sanctuary System’s Newsletter

From the western Pacific waters of American Samoa, east to the Atlantic Ocean, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries manages a national network of special places, encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of U.S. ocean and Great Lakes waters. The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries publishes a national newsletter in electronic format and distributed via email to keep our colleagues and collaborators informed about the many activities and accomplishments that take place within our 13 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments.

EPA Honors CA ENERGY STAR® Partners of the Year for Energy Efficiency Achievements


EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy are honoring businesses and organizations for their commitment to saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.The 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awardees from California are:KB Home, Delta Products Corporation, HCP, Inc., CalPortland Company, CBRE Group, Inc., Kilroy Realty Corporation, Maximum Energy Professionals, Energy Upgrade California, HP, Inc. Read more about each award winner’s achievements here.
March 31, 2017

ARB White Paper on the Health Benefits of Physical Activity is Now Available

Air Resources Board (ARB) staff have posted a white paper on the health benefits of physical activity and air pollution exposure while walking and bicycling for transportation. The white paper, titled “Physical Activity: Health Benefits, the Role of the Built Environment and Impacts of Air Pollution,” summarizes the published literature on the health benefits of physical activity, and specifically looks at the research evaluating the health benefits of walking and
bicycling for transportation. Additionally, research results from studies analyzing the combined health effects of increased physical activity and air pollution exposure are discussed.

March 17, 2017
LISCOAST Extreme Wave and Sea Level Datasets
The coastal group of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission recently published some new open datasets.Colleagues active in research related to climate change, climate extremes and coastal hazard/impacts could find useful information in our LISCOAST data collection related to extreme storm surges along Europe,

extreme sea levels along Europe from the combined effect of waves, storm surge, tides and SLR, as well as global wave energy fluxes. The datasets cover the period from 1980-2100 and RCP4.5-RCP8.5. LISTCOAST is an integrated assessment tool. The main objectives are to: (i) develop dynamic scenarios of catastrophic coastal hazards (e.g., storm surges, sea-level rise) in view of climate change; (ii) develop scenarios of exposure and vulnerability in coastal areas; (iii) carry out a bottom-up, highly disaggregated assessment of climate impacts on coastal areas in Europe and worldwide in view of global warming.

MSc Course: Engineering in the Coastal Environment

Applications are open for an MSc course, Engineering in the Coastal Environment, at the University of Southampton, UK. Background: the coastal zone is widely recognized as important at national, European and global levels. Skilled graduates who can understand environmental coastal issues and apply this to engineering problems are in high demand. This course will enable you to acquire core knowledge of environmental coastal engineering;
develop key skills such as the use of numerical models, data analysis, environmental impact assessment, and design of coastal structures; and apply this knowledge to address real world problems in the coastal zone. To apply
and for further details, click here.

ASBPA Develops National Beach Restoration Database

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) recently rolled out a new online National Beach Restoration Database featuring data on projects comprised of nearly 1.5 billion cubic yards of sand placed in nearly 400 projects covering the continental U.S. coastline. The new database is online here.

Call For Nominations: ASBPA’s Best Restored Beaches Awards

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) feels it is critically important to educate residents and tourists about the time, effort, and money that it takes to restore a beach. In order to help cities, towns and states educate residents and tourists, ASBPA honors the Best Restored Beaches in America annually to help build awareness of the value of America’s restored beaches. All nominations must be sent electronically to by April 8, 2017. More information about the award and the nomination process is available here.

New Publication on the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program

The California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program (CSCMP) is a collaborative effort to develop comprehensive bathymetric, geologic, and habitat maps and data for California’s State Waters. CSCMP began in 2007 when the California OPC and NOAA allocated funding for high-resolution bathymetric mapping, largely to support the California Marine Life Protection Act and to update nautical charts. Collaboration and support from USGS and other partners has led to development and dissemination of one of the world’s largest seafloor-mapping datasets. CSCMP’s article is available here.

March 10, 2017
State Water Board Adopts Climate Change Resolution
Last Tuesday the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a resolution requiring a proactive approach to climate change in all Board actions, including drinking water regulation, water quality protection, and financial assistance. This action builds on a resolution adopted by the Board in 2007, which set forth initial actions it should take to respond to climate change and support the implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 32, the landmark climate change law that was adopted in 2006. Since that time, the Brown administration developed the California Water Action Plan, a blueprint for achieving more sustainable water management by improving water supply reliability, restoring important wildlife and habitat, and making the state’s water systems and environment more resilient. More information about the resolution is available here.

March 3, 2017

Secretary Zinke Signs Orders to Expand Access to Public Lands

Yesterday, new Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two secretarial orders which “expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide.” According to an Interior Department press release, Secretarial Order 3346 “advances conservation stewardship, improves game and habitat management, and increases outdoor recreation opportunities by directing bureaus and agencies to immediately identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded.” Secretarial Order 3347 “overturns the recent ban onlead ammunition and fish tackle used on Fish and Wildlife Service lands, waters, and facilities.”

Final Draft SD Regional Storm Water Resource Plan

The County of San Diego, in collaboration with the San Diego County Co-permittees, has prepared a Functionally Equivalent Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP) that meets guidance and criteria established by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The SWRP includes a “living” prioritized project list that agencies can add to and update through the online project database. The Final Draft SWRP contains a list of projects submitted during the project solicitation process that took place in November, however projects can be continually added or modified through the online project database. The Final Draft SWRP is now ready for review by all interested parties. Please provide comments on the Final Draft SWRP by Wednesday, March 22 to Ruth de la Rosa at

February 10, 2017
BOEM: Help Shape the Future of Ocean Science Research
Help shape the future of ocean science research by submitting your thoughts on the structure and content on the next 10-year ocean research plan. The Division of Environmental Sciences at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology are accepting input on the upcoming plan. Read more here.
News From California Sea Grant

California Sea Grant (CSG) has published it February newsletter. Topics include CSG sending four Knauss Fellows to Washington, D.C., ocean ecosystems bouncing back from climate change stress and what makes them special, a federal grant that helps Ventura meet its growing need for aquaculture, an award of funds to track ocean acidification, and more. Access CSG news here.

February 3, 2017
ICBM Summer School 2017 – Introduction to Data Analysis and Ecosystem Modeling

The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), University of Oldenburg (Germany), will organize a summer school dealing with diverse modeling approaches to marine processes and systems.The central idea of the summer school is to follow the analysis chain ranging from data sampling over data analysis and conceptual process descriptions and numerical schemes up to the level of comprehensive ecosystem models. The aim is to acquaint participants with diverse up-to-date modeling techniques at an introductory level. More information is available here.

NYC Selects CH2M for Coastal Resiliency Project

The New York City Department of Design and Construction, the primary capital construction project manager that builds many of the civic facilities in New York City, has selected CH2M as part of a team to deliver preliminary and final design services for the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project in the borough of Manhattan. A mitigation outcome of Hurricane Sandy, ESCR is an integrated coastal protection system that will reduce the risk of flooding and facilitate access to the waterfront, creating improved public spaces and enhanced natural areas. More information is available here.

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Seeking Advisory Council Applicants
Currently, six national marine sanctuaries and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve are seeking applicants for vacant seats on their advisory councils. The Sanctuary Advisory Council(s) are community – based groups whose insight guides management decisions and community relations for each sanctuary site. More information is available here as well as complete list of available positions.

Latest Opportunities in the International Ports & Coastal Sector

These are the latest positions that Amida, a recruiting firm, is resourcing on behalf of internationally recognized engineering firms: Experienced Coastal Modeler/ Project Manager (7-15 years’ experience) – Dubai . Junior/ Senior/ Principal – Marine Structures/ Detailed Design Engineers – London . Principal Marine Structures Engineer – Bahrain . Senior – Principal Ports/ Marine / Coastal Engineers – Cape Town. If you have a background working for an engineering consultant and would like to know more about these roles, visit Amida’s website or email:

DWR Water Management Effectiveness Assessment Survey

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is working on Update 2018 of the California Water Plan (Update 2018). Central to this Update is an assessment of how effective current water actions (programs and projects) are in advancing sustainable water management in California. Your contributions to this assessment will help shape State government water policies and investment priorities in Update 2018. The survey will remain open through February 6, 2017.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact DWR at More information about the California Water Plan is available here.

DWR Draft Water Available for Replenishment Report

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), in Water Code §10729(c), directs the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to prepare a report on water available for replenishment (WAFR) in California. This report presents DWR’s best estimate, based on available information, of WAFR in the state. SGMA advisory groups and stakeholders have provided valuable input to DWR that helped guide the content and scope of this effort. Public comments received by March 10, 2017 will be considered for the final report to be published later this year. Please email comments to with the following subject line: Public Comments on WAFR Report. More information, including a copy of the draft report, is available here.


The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), a consortium of over 100 nations with an intergovernmental protocol related to Earth observation, commissioned a global map of Ecological Marine Units (EMUs) to support the wise use of ocean resources and the preservation of environmental resilience. The strength of EMUs is that they differ from existing maps of marine ecoregions or biogeographic realms by being globally comprehensive, quantitatively data driven, and truly 3D. Find out more about EMUs here.

Article: Preparation for SLR at Local Level

“Coastal Communities Preparing for Sea Level Rise” is one of the featured articles in the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s winter 2017 newsletter. The article can be found here.

January 27, 2017

Headwaters to Ocean Conference Seeks Abstracts

The Headwaters to Ocean (H2O) conference seeks to promote integration across disciplines, sectors, organizations, and institutions for common interests related to water, oceans, coastal environments, resilience, and terrestrial interfaces with marine systems. The conference organizing committee is soliciting presentations on a wide spectrum of coastal and watershed issues. The deadline for submitting an abstract is February 24th. We were unable to get the link for submitting abstracts to work, but inquiries can be sent to Shawn Kelly, with the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, at The conference will be held May 23-24, 2017 at UC Irvine’s Beckman Center.
January 20, 2017
PADI to Provide Support for FORCE BLUE Fundraiser in Dana Point on February 9
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) has partnered with FORCE BLUE for an upcoming fundraiser in support of the Special Operations Veterans community and a new nonprofit initiative that help our returning combat veterans and our planet. FORCE BLUE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that brings together the community of Special Operations Veterans and gives former combat divers an opportunity to experience and explore one of the most critically endangered ecosystems on the planet to help aid in its protection. PADI is working with the co-founders of FORCE BLUE, Jim Ritterhoff and Rudy Reyes, along with Keith Sahm, the general manager of Sunset House. Thesemen, along with the rest of the FORCE BLUE team, will be present at the fundraiser to provide attendees with their past experiences and support. The fundraiser will take place in Dana Point, California at The Ocean Institute. To learn more about the FORCE BLUE organization, click here.
Call for Nominations: 2017 ASAP Prize for Progress in Adapting to Climate Change

The purpose of the ASAP Prize is to improve and accelerate professional practice in climate adaptation by highlighting U.S. communities and organizations that have reduced net losses and decreased vulnerability of natural/human systems to extreme weather events and climate change. Nominations are due January 25, 2017. More information here.

January 13, 2017
City of San Diego’s Top Recycler Competition

Is your business or organization “going green”? If so, you could be selected to win the City of San Diego’s 2017 Recycler of the Year Award. The City’s Environmental Services Department annually recognizes excellence in recycling. The goal is to highlight businesses and organizations located within the City that have implemented or expanded innovative and successful waste reduction, recycling and recycled product purchasing programs.

The City’s press release regarding the competition is available here and the award application can be downloaded here or by contacting Jennifer Hobbs at or 858-492-5076.

Interior Department Announces 24 New National Historic Landmarks


As the National Park Service enters its second century of service and strives to tell a more inclusive and diverse story of America’s history, last Wednesday U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the designation of 24 new National Historic Landmarks. The National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes historic properties of exceptional value to the nation and promotes the preservation efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and individuals. One of the new historic designations is Chicano Park in San Diego.
New Documentary “A Plastic Ocean” Premieres January 17th in Beverly Hills

A new documentary filmed across 20 locations worldwide, A Plastic Ocean premieres at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theater, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA, on January 17th, 7:00pm, at a screening hosted by Plastic Pollution Coalition.  A Plastic Ocean will be available for rent or download on iTunes on January 20, 2017, and for rent on Amazon the same day. More information about the film is available here.

Measured Tsunami Transect Data Available

In association with CentrePort Wellington (NZ), a private entity is making measured tsunami data from 3 pressure sensors available for access for free to the scientific community. These data provide concurrent measurements along a 3-km transect of the Wellington Harbour entrance of the 14th November 2015 Kaikoura Tsunami. The data was recorded continuously at 2Hz and provides information on the timing, magnitude and decay over time of the tsunami waves, as well as information on the propagation speed of the tsunami into Wellington Harbour. A figure showing the raw data and a link to requesting the data can be found here.

DWR Releases Draft Report on Replenishing Groundwater Basins

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), in Water Code §10729(c), directs the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to prepare a report on water available for replenishment (WAFR) in California. This report presents DWR’s best estimate, based on available information, of water available for replenishment of groundwater in the state. SGMA advisory groups and stakeholders have provided valuable input to DWR that helped guide the content and scope of this effort. DWR seeks public comment on the draft WAFR report through March 10, 2017. Comments may be submitted at with the subject line heading, “Public Comments on WAFR.” Public comments received by the deadline will be considered for publication of a final report later this year. More information on the development of the report and stakeholder involvement is available here.

January 6, 2017

State Water Board Delivers Report on Using Recycled Water for Drinking Water

A report released by the State Water Resources Control Board concludes that it is feasible to develop and adopt regulations for using recycled water as drinking water, provided that certain research and key knowledge gaps are addressed. The final report lays the groundwork for creating regulations for a new and reliable source of potable water. But the adoption of regulations related to the direct potable reuse of recycled water will not take place until the knowledge gaps are addressed and additional research is conducted related to specific public health issues. For more information about the report and its recommendations, see the webpage on direct potable reuse.

EPA Gives $3.8M to Help 19 Communities Plan New Uses for Former Brownfield Sites
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected 19 communities for approximately $3.8 million in funding to assist with planning for cleanup and reuse of Brownfield sites as part of the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (AWP) program. Each recipient will receive up to $200,000 to engage their community and conduct planning activities for brownfield site reuse. Read the entire press release here.
EPA Proposes New Regulations Today for Public
Disclosure of Pollution from Natural Gas IndustryIn response to a petition by nineteen environmental and
open-government groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released proposed regulations that will require natural gas processing plants to start publicly reporting the toxic chemicals they release. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register this morning, and can be found here. Read the entire press release here.

December 23, 2016

CDFW Awards $40 Million for Ecosystem and Watershed Restoration and Protection Projects

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced that it is awarding $40 million in Proposition 1 funds for water quality, river and watershed protection, and restoration projects for vital waterways throughout California. Each of these multi-benefit projects addresses the priorities outlined in the 2016 Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs Solicitation and the California Water Action Plan. Priorities include: Protecting and restoring mountain meadow ecosystems, managing headwaters for multiple benefits, protecting and restoring anadromous fish habitat, and protecting and restoring coastal wetland ecosystems. Read the entire article here.

December 16, 2016

EPA Helps 25 Communities Meet Environmental Goals, Foster Economic Development 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 25 communities will receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies that advance clean air, clean water, economic development and other local goals. EPA selected the communities from among 76 applicants to the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. In 2017, EPA staff and national experts will conduct one to two-day workshops to help the community address development-oriented issues. Additional information can be found here
Coastal Summit 2017 Awards Nominations Open
Nominations are now open for the ASBPA Congressional awards, Congressional Staffer award and Corps award, to be presented on March 1st at the ASBPA coastal celebration reception held during the Coastal Summit in Washington, DC, on Feb. 28-March 2.  Nominations are due January 4, 2017. Nominations are due at the ASBPA offices no later than January 3, 2017 and may be e-mailed to For questions, e-mail at


December 9, 2016:

California Water Map Has A New Look
Widely known as being the definitive poster that shows the integral role water plays in the state, the
California Water Map has been updated just in time for the holidays. The map features beautiful photos of California’s natural environment, rivers, water projects, wildlife, and urban and agricultural uses.
Mark Your Calendar For The 2017 Tour
The Water Education Foundation has announced the line-up for its 2017 water tours. Six tours, including a new one to the headwaters area of the Sierra Nevada foothills and the mountains around Lake Tahoe, will be offered:

December 2, 2016:

Announcements Announcements
Coastal Conservancy Move

The State Coastal Conservancy has moved to the Elihu M. Harris State Building in downtown Oakland.  The new address is 1515 Clay St., 10th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612.  Email addresses and phone numbers remain the same.

Postdoctoral Fellow Position – National University of Singapore (Seawall Studies)

A Postdoctoral fellow position is now open in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of National University of Singapore. The candidate will join a large research group working on a unique project “Ecologically engineering Singapore’s seawalls to enhance biodiversity” hosted at the National University of Singapore. This is a two-year position with the possibility of extending for another 2 years. The salary and benefits are commensurate with qualifications and experience, and are internationally competitive (in the range of 55k-80k Singapore dollars, and Singapore has a low tax environment). To apply, please send a CV, two publications and contact information for two referees to Prof. Philip Liu ( and Dr. Yuan ( Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Announcements Announcements
Coastal Conservancy Move

The State Coastal Conservancy has moved to the Elihu M. Harris State Building in downtown Oakland.  The new address is 1515 Clay St., 10th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612.  Email addresses and phone numbers remain the same.
Postdoctoral Fellow Position – National University of Singapore (Seawall Studies)
A Postdoctoral fellow position is now open in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of National University of Singapore. The candidate will join a large research group working on a unique project “Ecologically engineering Singapore’s seawalls to enhance biodiversity” hosted at the National University of Singapore. This is a two-year position with the possibility of extending for another 2 years. The salary and benefits are commensurate with qualifications and experience, and are internationally competitive (in the range of 55k-80k Singapore dollars, and Singapore has a low tax environment). To apply, please send a CV, two publications and contact information for two referees to Prof. Philip Liu ( and Dr. Yuan ( Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The Bay Foundation and the City of Santa Monica Partner On A Beach Restoration Pilot Project For The Future Of Our Beaches
The Bay Foundation’s (TBF), in partnership with the City of Santa Monica, announces the Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project.  This project aims to transform an approximately three-acre section of existing sandy beach into a healthy, beautiful coastal ecosystem, to address coastal hazard risks while protecting and enhancing coastal resources, such as public beach access and recreation, natural shoreline habitat, and aesthetic values.
BOEM Announces Environmental Study Reports Posted During the Fourth Quarter FY 16
The Environmental Studies Program (ESP) is pleased to announce the availability of new findings from six research studies posted online to the Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS) from July-September 2016. Two were managed by BOEM’s Alaska regional office, one by the Gulf of Mexico regional office, two by the Pacific regional office, and one broadly applicable national study that was managed by headquarters. Four reports – The Alaska Fault Tree Methodology report, the Pacific Power Cable Observation report, the Hawaiian Biogeographic Assessment report, and the Geophysical Surveys report – contain links to other peer-reviewed articles or data citing BOEM-funded studies. The reports and associated technical summaries can be accessed through the enhanced ESPIS, which displays reports with geo-referencing tools, animation and other new features.


San Onofre Saved: Landmark Agreement Ends Toll Road Dispute

Today, a decades long dispute over development in the San Onofre State Beach has ended.  The agreement -signed by the Transportation Corridor Agency, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, over a dozen environmental groups including NRDC, and others-

protects the integrity of one of California’s most popular state parks and preserves the cultural heritage of the region. Read more here.

Informal Staff Proposal Addendum – Cap-and-Trade Program Additional Assistance Factors for Post-2020 Allowance Allocation

The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) will release an addendum to the October 21, 2016 paper entitled “Industrial Assistance Factor Calculation: Informal Staff Proposal” at the website
at 5 pm on Thursday, November 10, 2016. This addendum is acontinuation of the public process of the 2016 amendments to the Cap-and-Trade Regulation (Regulation).

Pinging ocean noise – a harbinger of things to come

I want to give a shout out to all of the folks who are sending me links to an ongoing news story about an incessant “pinging noise” up in the Nunavut Arctic areas of the Fury and Hecla Straits (between the Melville Peninsula and Baffin Island). I don’t know where this will end up, but given the propagation characteristics of sound in water it is likely that the signals will be within the human auditory range. So if you can imagine being out on the water on a beautiful moon-lit night with the sounds of the water lapping at your boat – and the incessant pinging of a marine GPS penetrating into your cabin through the hull… — Michael Stocker, Director, Ocean Conservation Research

2017-2019 Homer and Ninilchik Harbor Dredging: Request For Expressions of Interest

This solicitation will be a Small Business Set-Aside procurement. Any resulting contract will be firm-fixed priced. The solicitation for this project will be available by INTERNET ACCESS ONLY and will be available for download on or about 3 November 2016. Access to the documents will be through a link on the FedBizOpps website. Use the Advance Search function and use this solicitation number to Search by Solicitation/Award Number. Any future amendments to the solicitation will also be available for download from the FedBizOpps website. Click here for additional details.

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