Announcements

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: lindy.tinsley@amida-recruit.com.

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 cwpcom@water.ca.gov. 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 sgmps@water.ca.gov with the following subject line: Public Comments on WAFR Report. More information, including a copy of the draft report, is available here.

3D OCEAN MAP TRACKS ECOSYSTEMS IN UNPRECEDENTED DETAIL

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 skelly@scwrp.org. 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 JHobbs@sandiego.gov 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 sgmps@water.ca.gov 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 awards@asbpa.org. For questions, e-mail at managing@asbpa.org.

 

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 (philip.liu@nus.edu.sg) and Dr. Yuan (ceeyuan@nus.edu.sg). 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 (philip.liu@nus.edu.sg) and Dr. Yuan (ceeyuan@nus.edu.sg). 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 websitehttps://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/meetings/20161021/ct-af-proposal-addendum-111016.pdf
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.