November 18th, 2020
U.S. EPA Announces Nearly $500 Million for Water Infrastructure Projects in Northern California
Nationally, 40 WIFIA loans are helping finance more than $16.6 billion in water infrastructure projects
SAN FRANCISCO (November 10, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans totaling $497 million to the cities of Sunnyvale, San Mateo, and Foster City in Northern California to help improve wastewater management while benefiting public health, water quality, and the environment. These loans are especially important to citizens of Bay area communities that have been impacted by lingering sanitation issues in the greater San Francisco Bay.
Funding Opportunity: 2021 Delta Science Awards
The Delta Stewardship Council, through its Delta Science Program, and the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) are now accepting Letters of Intent for high-quality social and biophysical science studies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that advance the 2017-2021 Science Action Agenda. This solicitation is expected to result in up to $9 million in awards for research projects with direct management relevance. Two proposal categories will be considered: (1) Research Awards and (2) Integrated Socio-Ecological Systems Awards. The Delta Stewardship Council is partnering with California Sea Grant for the proposal submission, review process, and stakeholder engagement of funded work. Read more here.
November 5th, 2020
It’s official – NCER is going VIRTUAL in 2021!
As you know, the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) originally scheduled August 2-6, 2020 in Portland, Oregon was cancelled due to COVID-19. Due to ongoing ramifications from the corona virus, it has been decided that NCER will be conducted virtually in 2021. NCER will be working diligently in the coming weeks to finalize the agenda format and overall structure of the meeting at which point they can confirm dates and begin scheduling sessions.
Join Us in Congratulating the Chesapeake Bay Commission
*** REGISTER for its Upcoming Webinar November 10 ***
Since the mission of NCER is to promote collaboration, cooperation, and the sharing of lessons learned in large scale ecosystem restoration, we would like to give a shout out to the Chesapeake Bay Commission in honor of its 40th anniversary. The Chesapeake Bay and the rivers and streams that feed it covers 64,000 square miles and makes up the largest estuary in United States and the third largest in the world. The Commission has been the catalyst for legislative actions in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania that address the environmental health of the Chesapeake Bay, working to restore water quality, estuarine habitat, and native rock fish, oyster and blue crab populations. As a member of the ecosystem restoration community of practice, you are invited to participate in the Commission’s 40th Anniversary Webinar on Tuesday, November 10 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM Eastern.
The Chesapeake Bay Commission is an inspirational example that collaboration on a multi-state and multi-agency level is possible and can indeed achieve positive results. Please join us! Register for the November 10 Webinar
Training Webinar: Certified Stormwater Inspector – California
The safety and well-being of our customers and instructors are Priority One for National Stormwater Center. We are implementing preventive measures due to the growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Our Certified Stormwater Inspector trainings have been changed to an online delivery via interactive webinars. Once registered, you will receive an invitation via email from our webinar producer to gain access from your computer.
The following dates are classes that have been designed for your State permit:
California CSI MS4 Webinar on November 12-13, 2020 Website Link: California Webinar – November
California CSI MS4 Webinar on February 8-9, 2021 Website Link: California Webinar – February
**Please note: We offer Early Registration and Multiple Attendees discounts. See attachment for more details. Payment is not due at the time of registration.**
How to Register:
- Visit our website atwww.npdes.com – Registration is available on our website for all classes
- Email form email@example.com or Fax form to 410-638-2092
January 20-21, 2021 Post-Fire Hydrology Virtual Course Offering
THE FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION IS OFFERING: Post-Fire Hydrology and Runoff Management Virtual Workshop. This two-day course will introduce you to immediate and short-term hydrologic impacts of fire on infiltration, runoff sedimentation and erosion. The course will also provide introduction to planning considerations and funding for recovery and mitigation. Virtual Platform (link sent prior to January 20, 2021)
8 am – 12:30 pm daily
$275 FMA Members/$425 Non-Members
California Coastal Commission Proposed Final Strategic Plan
The Commission has released the Proposed Final Draft of the 2021-2025 California Coastal Commission Strategic Plan and will consider adoption at the November 6, 2020 Coastal Commission hearing. The Proposed Final Strategic Plan provides a framework of goals, objectives, and actions to set priorities and guide the agency’s performance for the next five years. It can be viewed here.
October 22nd, 2020
SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to California businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Jovita Carranza announced. The declaration covers Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, San Bernardino, San Diego and Siskiyou counties as a result of the wildfires that began on Sept. 4, 2020.
In consideration of the public health concerns due to the Coronavirus pandemic, on Saturday, Oct. 17, SBA will establish a Virtual Business Recovery Center to provide personalized assistance to business owners. In addition, SBA will also open a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to help homeowners and renters. Customer Service Representatives will be available to business owners and individuals to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each person complete their electronic loan application.
Virtual Business Recovery Center and Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Monday – Sunday (7 days/week)
8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT
FOCWAssistance@sba.gov; (800) 659-2955
October 8th, 2020
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November 15-22, 2020
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events. For more information, click here. Organizing an event? Register here.
U.S. EPA Announces 2020 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award Winners in California
For Immediate Release: September 24, 2020: SAN FRANCISCO — Today, as we celebrate 2020 Pollution Prevention (P2) week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing five California companies as Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners. Nationally, they are among 18 winners across 10 states and the District of Columbia for achievement in the design, manufacture, selection, and use of products with safer chemicals. The winners’ efforts demonstrate and advance outstanding or innovative source reduction. The Safer Choice program helps consumers and purchasers find products for facilities such as schools and office buildings that perform and are safer for human health and the environment. More information on the 2020 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners and summaries of the their accomplishments are available here.
U.S. EPA fines Port of Oakland $300,000 for violating Ocean Dumping Act
Contractor hired to do the dredging project will pay an additional $173,000.
For Immediate Release: September 24, 2020: SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Port of Oakland paid a $300,000 penalty for unauthorized ocean dumping of sediment from one of its dredging projects, in violation of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, also known as the Ocean Dumping Act. Dutra Construction Co., Inc., the contractor hired by the Port to do the dredging project, will pay an additional $173,000 in penalties. For more information on ocean disposal sites in Region 9, and on EPA’s role in dredged material management, click here.
September 24, 2020
US Green Building Council-L.A.’s 2020 LEGACY PROJECT, the “West Adams Resiliency Garden”, to help Formerly Incarcerated People and the West Adams Neighborhood
The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) Chapter is proud to announce the 2020 Legacy Project: West Adams Resiliency Garden, located at McCarty Memorial Christian Church in the heart of Los Angeles, and in partnership with Angel City Urban Farms. The project was selected as the USGBC-LA’s fifth Legacy Project due to the area’s need for increased community access to fresh food and green space. Moreover, crucially, this project centers the needs of individuals undergoing the process of re-entry, whether returning from incarceration or recovering from other challenges such as homelessness. Designed as a personal development and healing space, the garden is intended to serve as a hub of social connectedness where community members can exchange knowledge, receive vocational training and access vital resources including fresh produce. For the full announcement, please click HERE.
Oct. 1: The Bay Foundation’s Coastal Connections to Honor Sup. Kuehl, Share Projects + Partners
The Bay Foundation (TBF) will host Part II of its 6th Annual Coastal Connections Day Event (CC6) (online) on Thurs., Oct. 1, 2020, from 7:00-8:00pm. This celebratory event will honor LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, a premier example of leaders who protect our beaches, fishing spots, kelp forests, and wetlands. She will accept the award online. The evening will include virtual tours of TBF’s latest projects and highlight key project partners, including Sea Trees, Environmental Charter Schools, Friends of the Ballona Wetlands, and Patagonia in Santa Monica. The event is virtual and streamed through SOMM TV, the first full SVOD (subscription video on demand) streaming platform in the wine, food, and travel space. “Coastal Connector” awardees Wise and now LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl were selected based on their impressive and continued dedication to environmental conservation through the arts, research, legislation and policy. Please visit www.santamonicabay.org
U.S. EPA reaches settlement with Dilbeck & Sons for lead-based paint violations in Salinas, California
Construction company will pay over $22,000 in penalties
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Dilbeck & Sons, Inc. for violations of federal regulations related to lead-based paint. The firm, based in Salinas, will pay a $22,774 penalty for failing to comply with the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which requires it to take steps to protect the public from exposure to lead while doing residential remodeling work.
Learn about the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule and program: https://www.epa.gov/
Report a lead-based paint violation: https://www.epa.
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45-Day Comment Period Open: Systemwide Flood Risk Reduction Program Draft Guidelines
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is pleased to announce the opening of a 45-day public comment period for the Systemwide Flood Risk Reduction Program Draft Guidelines. The draft guidelines are available at here. DWR will host webinars on October 12 at 10:00 AM, October 12 at 4:00 PM, and October 13 at 2:00 PM. The webinars can be accessed via Zoom or by telephone (see below for login information). Comments on these draft guidelines can be submitted to SystemwideFRR@water.ca.gov. The deadline to submit comments is October 30, 2020, at 5:00 PM.
U.S. EPA announces 2020 Green Power Leadership Award Winners in California
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the nationwide winners of the 20th annual Green Power Leadership Awards, including California organizations Equinix, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, Lundberg Family Farms and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. Across the country, the Agency recognized an additional eight Green Power winners.
The Green Power Leadership Awards are announced at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference, which EPA is a co-organizing sponsor. For a full list of EPA 2020 Green Power Leadership Award winners, please click here.
Coasts and Ports 2021 – First call for abstracts
U.S. EPA Encourages Schools and Universities to Use EPA-Approved Products and Disinfectants to Keep Students Safe
SAN FRANCISCO (September 9, 2020) — As many students across the nation return to school this fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reminding school districts and state and local officials to remain vigilant when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting school buildings and facilities by using only products found on EPA’s List N. As part of the efforts to safely reopen schools, EPA is continuing to work closely with states, local governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide up to date information to protect public health as school districts, private schools, and universities develop and implement COVID-19 re-entry plans for their students, staff, and parents.
EPA is working to combat imposter disinfectant products from being marketed online with potentially dangerous claims of protection against the novel coronavirus. In some cases, there are statements that products will provide protection from COVID-19 for up to 90 days. To date, EPA has approved only one product that has long-lasting effects against COVID-19 and is expeditiously working to review additional products. EPA’s approval is limited to Texas and permits only American Airlines airport facilities and planes at specific locations and two Total Orthopedics Sports & Spine Clinics to use SurfaceWise2 under certain conditions. To stop products from being illegally sold in the United States, EPA is also working with the Department of Justice and other federal agencies to bring the full force of the law against those selling fraudulent or unregistered products.
Cleaning products that claim to kill and/or be effective against viruses are pesticides and must be registered with EPA prior to distribution or sale. These products may not be sold or distributed unless they have been properly tested and then registered by EPA. The agency will not register a product claiming to be effective against coronaviruses until it has determined that it will not pose an unreasonable risk and will be effective when used according to the label directions.
Please note that according to the CDC, while “it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” the virus is thought to spread mainly through close contact between individuals.
For more information, visit https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus.
Announcing the Coastal Dynamics 2021 conference in Delft June 28th – July 2nd: Call for Abstracts
We are excited to announce the 2021 Coastal Dynamics Conference with the theme “Shaping the Future of our Coasts”. We hope that the Corona Crisis will be over by that time and that we can welcome you to our beautiful city. If in-person conferences are not yet possible at that time, the conference will be held on line or in a hybrid form, to be decided later this year. The Call for Abstracts is now open. Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation on the following topics
- Coastal hydrodynamics (waves, tides and surges)
- Coastal sediment transport (subaqueous and aeolian)
- Estuarine processes, fine sediments and vegetation
- Foreshore, beach and dune morphodynamics
- Coastal observations and monitoring
- Coastal management and risk assessments
- Coastal nourishments and interventions
- Long-term coastal change
- Coasts and climate change
- Nature-based solutions.
Anthropocene Coasts (Canadian Science Pub.) SI on ‘Data-science at the coast’
Anthropocene Coasts (Canadian Science Publishing) is hosting a special issue — “The emerging role of data-driven science at the coast”.
The submission deadline for manuscripts is December 31, 2020, the journal is Open Access, and the APC is waived for submissions by received by that date. Click here for the full announcement.
CASQA Conference Registration Brochure is here!
Click here to see the registration brochure for CASQA 16th Annual Conference. The virtual conference will be held September 15-16, 2020.
Call for Abstracts, Session GC065. Renewable Energy: Marine and Hydrokinetic, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2020, December 7-11
We invite you to submit abstracts for the Renewable Energy: Marine and Hydrokinetic session at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting 2020, 7−11 December: submit an abstract here. This session will focus on the science, technology, and policy issues of renewable energy with a special focus on marine, wave, current, and tidal energy conversion for electric utilities. Studies focusing on environmental effects of marine hydrokinetic energy devices (e.g., acoustic and electromagnetic influences on aquatic and benthic species, altered hydrodynamics, water quality, and sediment transport, or changes to currents, wave regimes, and tidal ranges), ocean thermal energy conversion, environmental monitoring, device performance evaluation, resource assessment, grid integration, characterization of potential energy, forecasting on multiple time scales, impacts of energy extraction, system planning, risk evaluation, and uncertainty are all of interest. Studies in riverine and estuarine environments are also appropriate. The field of renewable energy is growing with multi-disciplinary approaches welcomed and encouraged. International and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to submit. This session is coordinated with two other sessions: Renewable Energy: Solar and Energy Integration and Renewable Energy: Wind Energy.
Special Issue of Water: Coastal Hazards Management
Requests for a special issue of Water focused on Coastal Hazards Management, particular interest will be in submissions focused on (1) attributing climate change to extreme coastal hazards events; (2) case studies exploring novel or low-cost risk reduction practices or those based on traditional knowledge; (3) examples of approaches for managing coastal hazards, particularly defensive approaches, that minimize the loss of ecological services; and (4) approaches for or case studies describing the application of modeling or technical analysis in community-scale coastal hazards planning processes. Submissions are due November 30th, 2020. Find more information here.
Port Engineering Courses Offered by ASCE
- Introduction to Port Engineering – a new, accelerated 6-week session starting July 20, 2020; another 12-week session starts January 25, 2021.
- Marine Container Terminal Planning – 12-week session starting September 21, 2020
- Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves – 12-week session starting September 21, 2020
- Geotechnical Design of Port Facilities – 12-week session starting January 25, 2021
- Design of Port Facilities – dates and registration coming soon
- Construction of Port Facilities – dates and registration coming soon
- Port Operations and Maintenance – dates and registration coming soon
Call for Papers: Special Collection on Case Studies in Waterways Engineering
Announcing a Call for Papers for a Special Collection on Case Studies in Waterways Engineering, for the ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering. This special collection addresses the documentation of best practices in waterways engineering, and should be focused on the various aspects of waterway expansion. One-page summaries are due no later than August 1st, 2020. Requests for complete papers will follow. All manuscripts will undergo the same peer-review process as other submissions to the Journal. Please send the one-page summaries to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline. More information is available here.
Special Issue “Mathematical and Numerical Modeling of Water Waves” – call for contribution
THE DELICACY Documentary Explores Sea Urchins as Food, Culture
If you love sea urchins, and uni, the new documentary THE DELICACY is now available for digital streaming on Somm TV. This film is the story of sea urchins – how they are harvested, how they are consumed, and the role they play in nature and the lives of those who bring it to the table. Delve into the SoCal fishermen and women who’ve made this their lives, and go back to the history and culture of sea urchins and abalone. Also features The Bay Foundation Executive Director Tom Ford, who offers up the film’s science perspective, on kelp restoration and the role sea urchins play in SoCal’s ecosystem. A beautiful documentary. Click here for the film trailer.
American Stormwater Institute: Online Stormwater Classes are filling up due to COVID-19
The American Stormwater Institute, LLC has cancelled our live classes for the month of May 2020, but ONLINE COURSES are happening and filling fast.
There are multiple courses that would be of interest to you. All our ONLINE STORMWATER TRAINING COURSES are presented to you live via ZOOM by an instructor who not only provides an informative, lively, interactive class but also is experienced in all aspects of conducting stormwater inspections. Click on a class title to check out the courses offered: Qualified MS4 Compliance Professional, Qualified MS4 Stormwater Inspector, Qualified Construction Inspector, Qualified California Construction Inspector, Qualified Erosion and Sediment Control Inspector, and the newest class offering, Qualified Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure Inspector
Sediment Deposit Operations at Goleta Beach
Due to rainfall last March and the increased chance of future storms, Santa Barbara County Public Works (Public Works) began sediment deposit operations at Goleta Beach. The sediment deposit will start as soon as Friday, March 20, 2020, and will continue as needed until facilities have been cleared. Public Works has used upland disposal sites and other County property for debris management. However, inadequate space remains for this effort. Santa Barbara County Flood Control District (District) Deputy Director Tom Fayram said, “During recent storms, we have seen a substantial amount of material coming through the watersheds impacted by the Thomas Fire. If we don’t clear out the rocks and sediment, it leaves the surrounding areas vulnerable to increased runoff during future storms.”
The County is making every effort to assure safety and public access to Goleta Beach. Sediment nourishment has occurred at Goleta Beach since 1994 with desilting material from the Goleta Slough and other creeks and basins. Public Works has also conducted environmental monitoring at the beach since 2003. Before beach nourishment operations, the District obtains emergency permits from state and federal agencies. The District collects sediment samples from the debris basins and ocean water samples before and during deposit operations. Weekly reports with information on sediment sampling results are sent to the regulatory agencies. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department also monitors the ocean water at the deposit sites to ensure they meet water quality standards for recreation. Beach nourishment operations have also protected Goleta Beach Park from further erosion by creating a wide shore near the location of the sediment deposit. For more information about District programs, click here. For an article about this project, click here.
POSTPONED: 7th Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference
The steering committee has decided to postpone the 7th Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference – Americas until 2021. The decision was made based on the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the potential for reduced travel capability regardless of lifting of state or national stay-at-home or lockdown orders. Details will be posted to the YCSECA webpage as they become available. A new call for abstracts will be issued in the spring of 2021.
California Census Campaign Announces Four New Ambassadors
SACRAMENTO – The California For All – Census 2020 Campaign today announced an additional four Census Digital Ambassadors – young, diverse influencers from sports, music and television who will help reach, educate and empower the hardest-to-count Californians to participate in the 2020 Census, which is now under way. The Census campaign continues to remind Californians that they can respond to the Census online, by phone by calling the numbers available below, or by mail if they received a paper form. Most households that have not responded to the Census should receive a paper form in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau. The following influencers have committed to leveraging their platforms and voices to promote Census participation among hard-to-count Californians: Jonathan Dos Santos, Devin Dawson, Kausar Mohammed, and Martin Sensmeier. Click here for their biographies and social media profiles.
U.S. EPA awards $255,000 to advance environmental projects in the Arizona/Sonora border region
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it will award over $255,000 for environmental projects benefiting the U.S.-Mexico border region between Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora. The awards are given through the agency’s Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program. The recipient organizations will contribute an additional $101,000 to fund projects to: improve proper management of scrap vehicles and discarded electronics; build capacity on environmental health for three border tribes; and enhance sustainable stormwater management with green infrastructure alternatives. These funds were awarded in partnership with the North American Development Bank under the Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, a binational effort to protect human health and the environment in the U.S.-Mexico border region. For more information on the Border 2020 Program, please visit: www.epa.gov/border2020.
Coastal Commission News: Winners of the Coastal Art & Poetry Contest
Congratulations to California’s young artists and poets! Please take a moment to enjoy the talented winners of the California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for K-12 students. Ten winners and 30 honorable mentions have been selected for this year’s contest. A big THANK YOU to the teachers and parents who encouraged their students to think creatively about California’s coast and ocean, and to all the students whose hard work was evident in every one of the entries. Prints of the art are available for purchase online, supporting this contest.
Deadline Extension: Special Issue “New Advances in Coastal Processes and Dynamics Using LiDAR”
The deadline for submissions to the special issue of Remote Sensing titled “New Advances in Coastal Processes and Dynamics Using LiDAR” has been extended from July 31st to December 31st, 2020. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: coastal erosion and recovery; surf and swash zone hydrodynamics; wave breaking processes; wave runup and overtopping of coastal structures; and new LiDAR-based methods that extend our ability to measure coastal phenomena using new instrumentation, new instrument configurations or deployment methods or novel data-processing techniques. Further information can be found here.
U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Net Zero Accelerator
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN for the USGBC-Los Angeles 2020 Cohort of the Net Zero Accelerator! The program pilots + promotes market-ready building technology innovations to empower and accelerate a net positive future. LEARN MORE & APPLY.
Seeking 10 of the most promising netzero building solutions that help make zerocarbon, zeroenergy, zerowater, and zerowaste buildings a reality. The 2020 program is focused on building decarbonization (materials & operations), clean construction (waste & efficiency), and occupant wellness for all building types (commercial, institutional, multi-family, affordable housing, etc.). The first NZA cohort completed the program in Dec. 2019, initiating over 30 active technology pilot projects among the 13 cohort companies providing innovative technology solutions to over 25 building owners and managers. Apply now to be the next great accelerated solution!