Announcements & Grants

NCER 2020 Call for Session Proposals

The National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) will be held August 2-6, 2020 in Portland, Oregon, and individuals working in ecosystem restoration are invited to propose a session. The proposal submission deadline is Friday, September 20, 2019. NCER strives to engage multiple perspectives across systems, regions and stakeholders to ensure diverse coverage. We are looking for integrative and cross-system sessions that promote the transfer of regional-based knowledge to a broad audience. Specifically, we would like to see examples of both terrestrial and aquatic restoration. Potential Session Topics are listed here, but don’t feel limited to these examples. NCER seeks to capture all emerging issues and new ideas. For more information, click here.

U.S. EPA Orders Sutter County Public Water System to Reduce Arsenic in Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reached a settlement with Sutter County Water Works District No. 1 (SCWWD), located in Robbins, California, over arsenic violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. SCWWD will provide residents with alternative water until the system is in compliance with federal and state drinking water laws. “We are pleased this system will make critical investments to secure and serve safe drinking water,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “EPA will ensure all requirements of this agreement will be met for the long-term protection of the community.”

Save the Date! The P3 Government Conference

The P3 Government Conference, expanding on last year’s P3 Federal Conference, invites local, state, and Federal representatives and industry professionals for two days of P3 education, project development, and networking. Attendees will meet owners, developers, and capital providers from across the country who are using partnerships and other alternative delivery models to advance critical infrastructure projects in their communities.  Click here to learn more.

U.S. EPA proposes to delete Intel Corp. Superfund site in Santa Clara, California, from the National Priorities List

SAN FRANCISCO –  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to remove the Intel Corp. (Santa Clara III) site in Santa Clara, California, from the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). “Removing this site from the federal Superfund list represents an important step toward creating a safer and healthier environment for the people who live and work in Santa Clara,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker “EPA will continue to drive progress toward clean up and delisting for all our Silicon Valley sites.” EPA is accepting comments on its proposal to delete the Intel Corp. (Santa Clara III) site from the NPL. Comments can be submitted online or sent to by August 30, 2019.

State Approves OCWD Alternative Groundwater Management Plan

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) approved an alternative to a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the Orange County Groundwater Basin (Basin). The Basin, managed and protected by the Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District), provides 77% of the drinking water supply to 2.5 million people in north and central Orange County. For more information, click here.

San Diego Storm Water Maintenance Prioritization Public Survey

A well maintained storm water system serves our community by protecting and improving water quality and reducing flood risk. The City of San Diego is seeking your input regarding this year’s maintenance prioritization plan for the system of storm water channels, basins, and structures serving our communities. The plan is being prepared for future maintenance efforts starting in Fiscal Year 2022, and your input regarding priorities is important and welcomed. The public survey will be open on July 24th, 2019 and close on August 7th, 2019. For more information and to access the survey, please click here.

U.S. EPA Announces $218 Million Water Infrastructure Loan to Silicon Valley Clean Water

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $218 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) to finance wastewater infrastructure upgrades that will protect public health and the San Francisco Bay. During an event hosted by SVCW in Redwood City, California, the Tunnel Boring Machine—an $18.2 million machine selected as an alternative to more disruptive construction options—was available for viewing. Its name, Salus, was revealed before beginning two years of work constructing a wastewater conveyance pipeline. The loan closing was announced at this event, with Warren Lieberman and Teresa Herrera of Silicon Valley Clean Water and Tomás Torres, Water Division Director for EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region.

Established by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014, the WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program administered by EPA. WIFIA’s aim is to accelerate investment in the nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term and low-cost supplemental credit assistance for regionally and nationally significant projects. EPA’s WIFIA program plays an important part in President Trump’s infrastructure plan, which calls for expanding project eligibility. To date EPA has issued nine loans totaling over $2 billion in WIFIA credit assistance to help finance over $5 billion for water infrastructure projects and create over 6,000 jobs. The WIFIA program has an active pipeline of pending applications and projects that will lead to billions of dollars invested in additional construction and create thousands of jobs. For more information about the WIFIA program, visit here.


Proposition 68, the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018, provides funding to assist coastal communities with adaptation to climate change, including $14 million allocated to the San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy Program of the Coastal Conservancy (“Prop 68 SF Bay Climate Funds”). This chapter of Prop 68 requires that the Coastal Conservancy (“Conservancy”) develop competitive grant guidelines. The draft guidelines are posted here. Comments on the draft guidelines should be emailed to by July 19, 2019.

U.S. EPA requires U.S. Lubricants Inc. to protect Los Angeles waterways from oil spills
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached a settlement for civil penalties with U.S. Lubricants Inc. for Clean Water Act violations. Under the agreement, U.S. Lubricants will pay a $196,314 penalty. EPA recently entered into a separate agreement with the company to take steps to reduce the risk of oil spills from their petroleum storage facility in Commerce, California, to the Los Angeles River.

“It is essential that companies operating near our waterways develop and follow spill prevention plan,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “Our action will help prevent oil spills to the Los Angeles River.”

EPA’s proposed settlement with U.S. Lubricants, which is subject to a 30-day comment period, can be found here. For more information on the SPCC program, please visit: click here.

Opportunity to comment on the next NOAA Marine Debris Program strategic plan

NOAA’s Marine Debris Program is seeking comments to inform the development of their next five-year strategic plan (Fiscal Years 2021-2025). The Marine Debris Act establishes the NOAA Marine Debris Program as the federal lead to coordinate and implement marine debris efforts in the United States. The Program does this by working with partners at the federal, state, local, and international levels. You can access the current strategic plan here. Comments to inform the development of our next five-year strategic plan (Fiscal Years 2021-2025) will be accepted through August 16, 2019. Comments may be submitted through one of the following methods:

Submit all electronic comments via email to Comments may be included in the body of the email or as attachments.

To submit comments via mail, comments may be sent to the following address:

NOAA Marine Debris Program
1305 East West Highway
SSMC4, Rm 10204
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Public Comment Period Opens for Coastal Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Grant Program Draft Guidelines

The California Department of Water Resources announces the opening of the public comment period for the Coastal Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Grant Program Draft Guidelines. The public comment period began on Thursday, July 11, 2019, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019. Following the review of public comments, DWR will release the final guidelines and solicit proposals. Comments can be submitted for the Draft Guidelines by one of the following methods: 1. Electronic Mail – Transmitted comments should be sent to Electronic files should be Microsoft Word compatible or PDF. PDF is preferred. 2.  Hard Copy via U.S. Mail or Hand Delivery –

California Department of Water Resources

Division of Flood Management

Office of Floodplain Management

3464 El Camino Avenue, Suite 200

Sacramento, California 95821

Attention: Patrick Luzuriaga


CA Census 2020 Regional Meetings and Implementation Plan Workshops

The California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office is committed to engaging its many partners, from counties to Tribal Governments, education institutions, community-based organizations, and more, through events, webinars, and consultations. Regional meetings will be conducted from June – September 2019 to continue building regional capacity for outreach. A morning session will bring together community leaders and regional state contractors to continue collaborating on reaching California’s hard–to–count populations to achieve a complete count. An afternoon workshop for state contractors will facilitate the development of effective and efficient implementation plans. Reach out to the Census Office Outreach Team to receive a registration link to afternoon sessions. Information about locations and dates can be found here.

Sustainable Ocean Summit 2019 (Paris, Nov 20-22) Registration Now Open

With the theme of “Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”, the 2019 Sustainable Ocean Summit (Paris, November 20-22) will be the foremost international business conference dedicated to investment and innovation for ocean sustainable development. Register here.

P3 Airport Summit: Speaker Lineup Announcement

The 2019 P3 Airport Summit is excited to announce our newly confirmed list of over 90 speakers! From the FAA to developers to airports across the country, the impressive speaker lineup focuses on airport infrastructure challenges and provides actionable takeaways to address your complex project delivery goals. Register here.

U.S. EPA settles with World Oil companies over hazardous waste violations at Southern California facilities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with DeMenno-Kerdoon and D/K Environmental for improperly managing hazardous waste at the World Oil Recycling facility in Compton, California, and the World Oil Terminals in Vernon, California. Under the agreement, the companies will spend $167,967 on an environmental project to reduce air pollution in local classrooms and pay a $39,092 penalty. For more information on EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act please visit:

Santa Barbara – City Council Hearing on Suggested Modifications to the City’s

Updated Coastal Land Use Plan

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

City Hall, City Council Chambers, 735 Anacapa Street

The City Council will consider: 1) Accepting the California Coastal Commission’s (CCC’s) suggested modifications to the updated Coastal LUP and 2) A Resolution acknowledging receipt of the CCC’s Resolution of Certification of the LCP Amendment No. LCP-4-SBC-18-0062-1 with Modifications. For more information on the updated Coastal LUP and suggested modifications, visit

New Episode of the WaterLog Podcast

This month, Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi provide an update on the Energy & Water and Interior appropriations process, bring us up to speed on an extension of the Nation Flood Insurance Program and some reforms proposed by the House, an important Supreme Court decision regarding property takings, and a new study showing that despite increased funding for dredging, less sediment is being dredged. Click here to listen.

City of San Diego Planning Commission to Consider Proposed

Update to Mission Valley Community Plan

The Final Draft of the Mission Valley Community Plan is now available for public review. This release is a companion release to the Final Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). Click here to view the Mission Valley Community Plan Update. To view the Final Draft Environmental Impact Report, click here. You can also view comments on the Draft Program EIR for the Mission Valley Community Plan Update submitted jointly by the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. We will keep our readers advised as to any developments regarding the proposed update.

California Qualified MS4 Stormwater Compliance Professional Training

American Stormwater Institute offers courses to give you specialized training so you can be recognized as “Qualified.” List of upcoming dates and locations – Los Angeles:  July 22-23, 2019, San Diego:  July 25-26, 2019, San Diego:  September 16-17, 2019, Los Angeles:  September 19-20, 2019, San Jose:  October 15-16, 2019, Napa:  October 17-18, 2019. For more information, call 833-786-7698. Click here for the full schedule.

Monterey Bay Aquarium 2018 Annual Review Available Now!

Last year, the Aquarium’s work for ocean conservation gave them a lot to celebrate. Read on to learn how they’re making an impact from Sacramento to Vietnam. The Aquarium is involved in transforming the global seafood industry, taking climate action for the ocean, changing the way we think about plastic, among other initiatives. Click here, for the full report.

Floodplain Management Association – Sheraton Phone Scam

Phone calls are being made purporting to be from the San Diego Sheraton wanting to help you book your room for the FMA 2019 Annual Conference.  This is a scam. No one from Sheraton will be marketing directly to you regarding your hotel room for the FMA Conference. Please book only from our direct link on the website. Please contact Mary Seits, Executive Director, with any questions: 760-936-3676.

May 10, 17, 24, 31: Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring Program

The Amigos de Bolsa Chica conducts a Citizen Science water quality monitoring program called FLOW (Follow and Learn about the Ocean and Wetlands) every Friday at the Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitor Center on Pacific Coast Hwy. In collaboration with the California Department of Public Health’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Program, FLOW Citizen Scientists collect and analyze ocean and wetland water samples to monitor harmful microalgae along the coast of California.  No experience needed, training is ongoing! Meeting time dependent upon the tide, email if you’re interested or want more information.

Secretary Bernhardt Proposes Increasing Public Access to Hunting and Fishing on 1.4 Million Acres Nationwide

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge a proposal for new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) across more than 1.4 million acres. The Service will seek comments from the public on the proposed rule for 45 days. The notice will be available at, Docket Number: FWS-HQ-NWRS-2019-0040. The Service intends to finalize the proposed changes in time for the upcoming 2019-2020 hunting seasons. An interim copy of the proposed rule is now available.

Trump Administration Announces Strategy to Strengthen America’s Economy, Defense

The Trump Administration released, “A Federal Strategy to Ensure a Reliable Supply of Critical Minerals,” to make America’s economy and defense more secure. The strategy directs the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to locate domestic supplies of those minerals, ensure access to information necessary for the study and production of minerals, and expedite permitting for minerals projects. Currently, the U.S. relies on other countries completely for many minerals. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has embarked on a new nationwide program of surface and subsurface mapping. Also, alternatives, such as recycling, processing mine waste, extraction from seawater, or even filtering them from energy byproducts, could prove valuable sources for critical minerals. USGS will assist other Federal agencies, including the Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture and DOI bureaus like the BLM and BOEM, with evaluating these unconventional methods for bolstering the traditional supplies of critical minerals.

California Clean Air Day: Announcing microgrants for Clean Air Day events!

California Clean Air Day is offering microgrants of up to $1,000 to throw a local event. You might host a community tree planting, bike ride, transit party, no idling campaign, or open street event – there’s no limit to what you can do! Your event should be within 3 days of California Clean Air Day on October 2, 2019, with preference given to events on the day itself. Your event must raise awareness of California Clean Air Day, contribute to clearing the air, and engage at least 100 people to take action to clear the air. You’ll need to partner with another type of organization – when we band together we’re even more effective at clearing the air. For more information and to apply: microgrant application.

U.S. EPA announces $5.8 million in Brownfields grants to promote economic redevelopment in the Pacific Southwest. 
The grants are part of the $64,623,553 million awarded nationally to 149 communities. EPA Brownfield funds aid economically disadvantaged communities in Opportunity Zones and other communities throughout the country to assess and clean up abandoned industrial and commercial properties. For more information on applicants selected for funding, click here.


Important GEER 2019 Announcement – Loss of Karl Havens

The University of Florida and the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences regret to announce that Karl E. Havens, the director of the Florida Sea Grant program since 2007 and a professor of aquatic ecology at the University, died suddenly of cardiac-related issues at his home on Friday evening, April 26, 2019. He was 61. Havens was a leading international expert on aquatic research, management, education and outreach. His area of expertise included the response of lakes and estuaries to natural and human-caused impacts such as nutrient enrichment, drought, climate variability and hurricanes. Visit the Florida Sea Grant web site for more information and videos by and about Karl.


U.S. EPA announces $5.8 million in Brownfields grants to promote economic redevelopment in the Pacific Southwest.

The grants are part of the $64,623,553 million awarded nationally to 149 communities. EPA Brownfield funds aid economically disadvantaged communities in Opportunity Zones and other communities throughout the country to assess and clean up abandoned industrial and commercial properties. For more information on applicants selected for funding, click here.


California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) Funding Fair – Santa Maria

The California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) is pleased to invite you to attend the Santa Maria funding fair on June 11, 2019. The funding fairs provide opportunities to learn more about available grant, loan and bond financing options for infrastructure projects. These funding fairs are directed towards local government representatives, water and irrigation district managers, economic development and engineering professionals, financial advisors, and project consultants. More details here.


SoCalGas Announces 2019 Environmental Champions Grant program

SoCalGas is pleased to announce that it is providing hundreds of thousands of dollars through an Environmental Champions Grant Initiative, May 2 through June 7. Grants will be awarded to winning proposals that help provide innovative clean energy solutions. Grants will range from $10-$25k to winning nonprofit organizations throughout its service territory. All eligible 501(c)3 organizations are invited to apply. The deadline to submit a grant applications is June 7, 2019, at 5 pm. Detailed information about the grant program, including a link to the application can be found here.


Coastal  Commission Certifies Santa Barbara’s LUP Amendment with 23 Modifications

Recently, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) certified the city of Santa Barbara’s  Coastal Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) with 23 suggested modifications. The LUPA is a comprehensive update of the city’s Coastal Land Use Plan and includes new text, maps, policies, and land use designations. Because the CCC certified the LUPA with suggested modifications, planning commission review and a city council resolution accepting the modifications are required. The LUPA will be effective when the CCC verifies that the city council has accepted the modifications. The city anticipates that its planning commission and city council will consider the CCC’s modifications this summer. Specific hearing dates and more information will be announced in the future. For more information on the LUPA and to review the CCC’s staff report with modifications, click here.


USGBC-LA Launches New ‘Net Zero Accelerator’ to Enable Viable Building Tech’s Market Adoption for a Net Positive Future

Applications Now Being Accepted: May 15 – June 17

The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter(USGBC-LA) today opens applications for a major new initiative: the Net Zero Accelerator, which will identify viable net zero building technologies, position them for success, and accelerate their market entry throughout the greater Los Angeles region. This is the first new program from the chapter’s new Executive Director, Ben Stapleton, who began in February, and who is focused on addressing market barriers for increasing the sustainability of buildings throughout the region. Applications are now being accepted. To learn more, click here.


CalRecycle Publishes Infrastructure and Market Analysis Report on Recycling Organics

CalRecycle recently published the SB 1383 Infrastructure and Market Analysis Report submitted by Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC, as part of a study conducted under Contract Number DRR17010. The purpose of the study was to conduct research and analysis of the organics recycling and diversion infrastructure, barriers to infrastructure development, and the status of markets for products generated by organics recycling. The results of this study will be incorporated into a CalRecycle report required by Section 42653 of SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016), which requires CalRecycle, in consultation with the California Air Resources Board, to analyze the progress that the waste sector, state government, and local governments have made in reducing organic waste disposal.

The report can be downloaded here.  To subscribe to the organics listserve or other listserves, click here. For information on Organic Materials Management efforts, click here.


U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Todd Willens as Chief of Staff

Mat 17th, 2019 – The U.S. Department of the Interior announced the appointment of Todd Willens to serve as Chief of Staff. Mr. Willens joined the Department in July of 2017 as the Associate Deputy Secretary and assumed the duties of the Acting Chief of Staff in January 2019.

Mr. Willens will oversee and directly manage the Office of the Secretary. In this role, he will advise the Secretary on policy development and coordination internally, with other agencies, and with the White House. Mr. Willens will represent the Secretary as a Board of Director on the Presidio Trust and as an Ex Officio Member on the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Deadline Alert! Tell a Green Startup to Apply ASAP!

Know a sustainability entreprenuer with a startup idea? Tell them to apply to Cleantech Open’s summer accelerator today to: Create business deliverables, including a pitch deck, pitch video, business plan, market strategy, and more….Find a mentor in their niche, meet with investors and raise capital, gain visibility, consult with experts, connect with industry partners, and access commercialization resources.

Cleantech Open graduates have gone on to raise over $1.2 billion in external funding and over $300 million in revenue. Check out our #CTOAlumniSuccess on Twitter. Help us help the planet–spread the word! Give your fellow geek  this link or send him/her to here for more information.


Announcing New ACES Conference Chairs

ACES is pleased to announce Dr. Emily Pindilli and Ms. Shonté Jenkins will assume leadership as co-chairs of the ACES 2020 Planning Committee, effective April 15. Dr. Dianna Hogan, who chaired the Planning Committee for ACES 2016 and 2018, will remain active in the ACES community and will assist Emily and Shonté as they bring new ideas and energy into ACES. Emily Pindilli is the Natural Resource Economics Lead at the USGS Science and Decisions Center where she leads multidisciplinary studies on a diverse portfolio of environmental and informational economics research topics. Shonté Jenkins is the Science Information Lead at the USGS Science and Decisions Center and has been a member of the ACES Planning Committee since ACES 2012 and co-chaired the ACES 2018 Program Committee. The ACES community appreciates Dianna Hogan’s outstanding efforts during ACES 2016 and 2018. More information on ACES 2020, including dates and location, will be shared over the coming months. Stay tuned to our website.


EPA requires Hawaii property owner to close illegal cesspool serving heavy-duty truck yard

HONOLULU – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) for failing to close a large-capacity cesspool (LCC) in Campbell Industrial Park Kapolei, Oahu. Detroit Diesel will pay a $129,000 fine and the cesspool was replaced with an individual wastewater treatment system in January. Detroit Diesel owns the property where Freightliner of Hawaii operates a heavy-duty truck dealership and truck service center. EPA inspectors found a large-capacity cesspool serving the bathrooms on the property. DDC is the fifth facility in the Campbell Industrial Park area where EPA has identified illegal LCCs over the past two years. Large capacity cesspools were banned under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act in 2005.  “Protecting Hawaii’s marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, means improved wastewater management,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “Working with the Hawaii Dept. of Health, EPA will continue to inspect and drive closure of illegal cesspools.”

Cesspools are used more widely in Hawaii than in any other state, even though 95 percent of all drinking water in Hawaii comes from groundwater sources. In the 13 years since the federal LCC ban took effect, more than 3,400 large-capacity cesspools have been closed statewide, many through voluntary compliance. Cesspools collect and discharge untreated raw sewage into the ground, where disease-causing pathogens and harmful chemicals can contaminate groundwater, streams and the ocean.

The settlement is subject to a 30-day comment period. For more information and to submit comments visit For more information on large-capacity cesspools and the 2005 ban, click here.


California Adopts Complex Rules Governing Filling Waters and Wetlands

The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted regulations imposing stringent new requirements for permits to discharge dredged or fill material into waters and wetlands, which it newly defines. In the face of opposition grounded on the lack of demonstrated need for such new rules (see Newsletter of February 21, 2019), the costs and delays the new rules would impose, and questions whether the new requirements would yield any better results than the already complex existing ones, the proposal of new rules had largely stalled for over a decade. Fears from some that the Trump administration will roll back federal regulation of wetlands, long the mainstay of wetland protection, refreshed efforts to develop new state rules and culminated in the Board’s adoption of the new regulations on April 2, 2019.  More information here.


U.S. EPA Honors 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partners of the Year in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pacific Southwest Region and the U.S. Department of Energy are honoring 21 ENERGY STAR partners for their outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. These enterprises have earned ENERGY STAR Awards for demonstrating national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions. They are among the 183 ENERGY STAR Award Winners nationwide that will be honored in Washington, D.C., on April 11.  For more than 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and associated reductions of over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save $30 billion in energy costs.

Learn about the award winners here.




FOLAR 30th Annual LA River Cleanup: April 13, 20, 27 2019. Register Now!

During Earth Month, join the milestone 30th Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) CleanUp by signing up now!  Over the last three decades, this CleanUp has played a significant role in shifting the perception of the LA River and its role in politics, urban planning, homelessness and a community asset.  And last year, over 6,000 volunteers–individuals and groups from all ages and backgrounds–demonstrated their passion for the LA River by joining in. The 2019 FoLAR CleanUp will be held at 11 sites along the River, on April 13 (Upper), 20 (Middle) and 27 (Lower) from 9:00 AM to 12:00 pm with multiple locations on each date. Volunteers will receive a FoLAR reusable tote bag and t-shirt. To register for the CleanUp and get more information, visit

Proposed EPA program would give $50-million boost to children’s health

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a new $50-million grant program, the Healthy Schools Grant Program, to expand the Trump Administration’s efforts to protect children where they learn and play. The announcement is part of President Trump’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget and supports EPA’s ongoing commitment to evaluate and address risks to children’s health.

The Healthy Schools Grant Program is a comprehensive environmental health grant program with the goal of identifying and addressing environmental health risks in and around schools that contribute to increased absenteeism and reduced academic performance. The program would provide a total of $50 million for schools to identify, prevent, reduce and resolve environmental hazards including: reducing childhood lead exposure; reducing asthma triggers; promoting integrated pest management; and reducing or eliminating childhood exposure to one or more toxic chemicals in schools. To learn more about what EPA is doing to promote healthy schools, click here. To learn about all of EPA’s Children’s Health programs, click here.

NACW 2019: Register by Thursday to save with early bird rates!

Los Angeles, CA

April 24-26
North American Carbon World (NACW) features comprehensive and up-to-date information, key thought-leaders advancing innovative climate solutions, and the best networking opportunities with colleagues in the business, government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. Register by Thursday, February 28 to take advantage of the early bird rates.  For more information and to register, click here.

CSEF Conference

Early Registration Savings End Friday: Save Up To $400
If you’re focused on local economic development through community based infrastructure and interested in understanding new approaches and capital options available to owners, including alternative delivery procurement, public-private partnerships, and opportunity zone funding options, you will want to attend this May. Join more than 650 government and industry leaders, project owners, CVB officials, economic development agencies, developers, and AEC professionals for the Convention, Sports, & Entertainment Facilities Conference (CSEF).
Taking place May 16-17 in San Diego, CSEF is the premier project delivery and networking conference for local governments and the development industry focused on convention centers, conference centers, headquarters hotel, stadium/arena, and entertainment district venues.
Register before Friday, March 1 to save up to $400!

February 20, 2019

The USGBC-LA’s  Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo

April 18, 2019


Since its inception in 2001, MGBCE has become the longest-running and largest gathering of leading sustainability and green building advocates within both the public and private sectors in Southern California. With over 600 annual attendees, this conference and trade show provides cutting-edge thought leadership, education, and networking opportunities to inform local government agencies, building industry professionals, and the general public about the principles, practices, and products associated with green building. Submit your abstract by March 1 and speak at the 18th annual MGBCE on April 18!  More info here.


February 13, 2019

Rescheduled: State Revolving Fund (SRF) American Iron and Steel (AIS) Requirements Refresher Webinar: Focus on States and Borrowers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a refresher webinar for State SRF program staff and SRF assistance recipients to discuss the details of the AIS requirements, including implementation of the requirement, project coverage, the waiver request process, and the national waivers. Potential and current borrowers are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the webinar.  This webinar has been rescheduled for: Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 from 2:00-3:30pm EDT. Register herePlease register in advance using the link provided. You will need to register again, if you were registered for the previous date.
Rescheduled: SRF American Iron and Steel (AIS) Requirements Refresher Webinar: Focus on Manufacturers, Suppliers, and Contractors

The EPA is also hosting a refresher webinar for manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors to discuss your role in EPA’s AIS requirements, including certification letters, the waiver process, and the national waivers. All domestic iron and steel product manufacturers and suppliers, as well as, contractors, engineers, and construction managers of SRF funded projects are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the webinar. This webinar is now scheduled for:
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 from 2:00-3:30pm EDT. Register here Please register in advance using the link provided. You will need to register again, if you were registered for the previous date.


February 6, 2019

ASBPA 2019 National Coastal Conference

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — Due May 4, 2019


The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), in cooperation with the Coastal Zone Foundation, announces the Call for Abstracts for its 2019 National Coastal Conference,October 22-25 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. ASBPA is the nation’s first organization to promote science-based policies for the preservation of coastal areas. The theme of the 2019 conference, “Where Coasts & Rivers Meet” continues to broaden our focus across the entire physical coastal and estuarine system. The National Coastal Conference provides an opportunity for coastal stakeholders and managers to develop collaborative networks to promote best management practices, while learning the latest science, engineering and policy needed to maintain and improve the health of our beachfront and estuarine shorelines and ecosystems. Technical, policy-oriented, and coastal floodplain resource and flood risk management presentations or posters are invited for a broad range of coastal & estuarine ecology, science, engineering, economics, and policy.

Presentations may be PowerPoint or poster format. Abstracts (up to 500 words) are due by May 4, 2019. Submit abstracts via the online form at  Presenters are responsible for all of their expenses including travel, lodging, and registration fees. Notification of presentation status will occur by June 24, 2019. Additional information can be found at


January 30, 2019

The Bay Foundation Helps L.A. Restaurants Reduce Waste, Cut Costs with ReThink Disposables Program

ReThink Disposable is an award-winning technical assistance program of Clean Water Action (CWA) and Clean Water Fund (CWF), which prevents waste before it starts by working with local governments, businesses, institutions, and consumers to conserve resources, prevent waste, and reduce ocean litter pollution by minimizing single-use disposable packaging in food service. A CWA/CWF study in the San Francisco Bay area found food and beverage packaging to be the primary component (67%) of trash on commercial streets that enters and pollutes the Bay. The Bay Foundation is proud to announce its first four ReThink Disposable Certified restaurants: The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa; Scoops Chinatown; Gus’ Tacos Mexican Grill; and Palette Food and Juice.


Ship & Shore Environmental Reports Sustained Growth and Internationalization in 2018

Long Beach, CA, January 22, 2019 – Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc., a pioneer in pollution abatement solutions, announced record-breaking results for 2018 with 13% overall growth and increased global recognition. Company CEO Anoosheh Oskouian attributed these results to the company’s expanded know-how and team of experts, continued internationalization, successful pursuit of sector diversification strategies, consistent research and development, improved aftermarket services, and positioning in philanthropy efforts and support of women in STEM fields.


January 23, 2019


Port Hueneme Sand Replenishment Project Update

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started a sand replenishment project late last year. The project requires that the city’s promenade be closed to the public until March 2019. This project is essential to maintaining the city’s beach. If you have any questions please contact City of Port Hueneme Public Works.


Register Now!  Certified Sustainable Resource Management Professional training starts 2/13/19

Become a CSRMP Certified Sustainable Resource Management Professional. The Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) certification program has been designed by industry experts to provide information on the policies, programs and infrastructure that support Zero Waste. Through SRM strategies, individuals, communities and businesses can learn how to reduce wasted resources, avoid product and transportation related greenhouse gas emissions and work to create a green economy. Click here to register.


Final chance to join CTO Global Forum 2019 (Jan 28-29) to witness the Future of Cleantech!

Join us at the CTO Global Forum in Los Angeles, January 28-29. Meet nearly a 100 startups driving innovation in environmental and sustainable technologies in areas ranging from energy, agriculture, water, transportation, and smart cities. We anticipate an audience of over 400 industry insiders. It will be a great opportunity to make new connections in the burgeoning Los Angeles cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Register here.

Public Comment Period Opens for Regional Flood Management Assistance Program Funding Guidelines
DWR is releasing the draft Regional Flood Management Assistance Program (RFMAP) Guidelines (PDF) for a 45-day public comment period. The proposed guidelines outline the new RFMAP’s structure and process for applying for State funding for the six regional flood management groups.  RFMAP funds can be used by local public agencies to pursue projects that focus on improved regional governance and Levee Maintaining Agency consolidation in support of DWR’s Flood Maintenance Assistance Program. When appropriate, the funds can be used to implement programs, studies, and activities described in the Regional Flood Management Plans that are consistent with the 2017 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Update. The 45-day comment period closes at 5 p.m. on March 4, 2019. Comments can be submitted to Electronic files should be MS Word compatible or PDFs.  Hard copies may also be sent via U.S postal mail:California Department of Water ResourcesDivision of Flood ManagementAttn: Christopher Williams, Program ManagerP.O. Box 219000Sacramento, CA  95821-9000


January 16, 2019

Coastal Conservancy Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation

The Conservancy announces a new Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation, applications are due April 30, 2019. Conservancy Proposition 1 grants fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. Priority project types include: water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration and urban greening. The solicitation document and application materials are posted here.


Help More People Enjoy CA’s Coast – Join the Explore the Coast Advisory Board


The State Coastal Conservancy operates an annual grant program called Explore the Coast. The program seeks to increase recreational, educational, or stewardship opportunities particularly for people and communities that may face challenges getting to or enjoying the coast. The Coastal Conservancy is seeking members for an inaugural Explore the Coast Advisory Board to advise on the application process, review of applications, and ongoing administration of this program. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to improve the Explore The Coast Grant Program by harnessing the insights and experience of diverse stakeholders and to share decision-making power with the communities served by the program.

If this program sounds of interest to you, please consider applying to be part of the advisory board. Note that the Conservancy is able to offer a $350 annual stipend to advisory board members. Applications are due January 28, 2019.


Ship & Shore Environmental Reports Sustained Growth and Internationalization in 2018

Long Beach, CA, January 16, 2019 – Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc.,
a pioneer in pollution abatement solutions, announced record-breaking results for 2018 with 13% overall growth and increased global recognition. Company CEO Anoosheh Oskouian attributed these results to the company’s expanded know-how and team of experts, continued internationalization, successful pursuit of sector diversification strategies, consistent research and development, improved aftermarket services, and positioning in philanthropy efforts and support of women in STEM fields.

January 9, 2019

2019 Business Waste Reduction & Recycling Awards
The City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department invites local businesses and organizations with successful waste diversion and recycling programs to apply for a Business Waste Reduction & Recycling Award. The top applicants with the most comprehensive, innovative and/or improved recycling programs will receive the highest honor, the Recycler of the Year Award.  The application period runs through February 8, 2019. For additional information and to apply, please click here.


December 19, 2018

The Coastal Conservancy

The Coastal Conservancy is seeking members for an inaugural Explore the Coast Advisory Board to advise on the application process, review of applications, and ongoing administration of the grant program. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to improve the Explore The Coast Grant Program by harnessing the insights and experience of diverse stakeholders and to share decision-making power with the communities served by the program. Applications are due January 28, 2019.



Planning to be in Sacramento for the Governor’s Inauguration? Join POLITICO for the launch of POLITICO California Pro on Monday, January 7 at the Citizen Hotel for an evening of cocktails and conversation with the POLITICO California Pro reporting team. If you are a professional on the frontlines of California politics and policy, this is an event you won’t want to miss! RSVP here.

Mattress Recycling Council Program

Did you know that more than 80 percent of mattresses can be recycled and turned into new consumer and industrial products? For example, old mattress foam is recycled into carpet padding, mattress springs are sold as scrap steel, which is melted to make building materials and other steel products, and wood from box springs is chipped and used as landscape mulch. Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program offers no-cost, environmentally friendly alternatives to Californians disposing of old mattresses through local collection sites, public events and collaborations with local retailers and solid waste providers. Consumers may take their old mattresses to more than 230 drop-off locations and collection events throughout California. The Program also recycles mattresses collected by retailers, hotels, universities and other sources that discard mattresses in large volumes. For more information, please visit
this website.


December 12, 2018

CDFW Awards $13.2 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration and Forest Legacy Projects

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 41 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds, as well as forest legacy restoration.

The grants are distributed through CDFW’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP). They include $994,421 allocated for timber legacy restoration projects and approximately $12.2 million for anadromous salmonid restoration projects. FRGP monies come from a combination of state sources and the federal Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. The 41 approved projects will further the objectives of state and federal fisheries recovery plans, including removing barriers to fish migration, restoring riparian habitat, monitoring of listed populations and creating a more resilient and sustainably managed water resources system that can better withstand drought conditions. The list of approved projects is available on the FRGP website.

E2 Action Alert: Support Action on Climate in the New Congress


Recently, the Trump administration published the latest volume of the National Climate Assessment. The New York Times, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle and St. Louis Times-Dispatch, along with many other publications, covered the report. CalCoast covered this issue in its last two e-newsletters, including the report’s dire warnings about devastating economic and environmental damage from climate change. There is a desperate need for responsible Congressional or other governmental action as soon as possible. As the new Congress convenes in January, E2 (an NRDC partner)  wants to demand that Congress, especially the House, to take bold action to address this crisis. You may sign on to E2’s action alert to urge Congress to begin addressing the climate crises identified by the Trump Administration’s report.


Please review E2’s action letter, and add your name as a signatory here. If you have any questions about this alert, contact Grant Carlisle at


Night Work on New I-5 Carpool Lanes Begins in Carlsbad

Construction crews began night work on Dec. 2, to extend a HOV/Carpool Lane on Interstate 5 in each direction between Manchester Avenue in the City of Encinitas and Palomar Airport Road in the City of Carlsbad. The work is necessary for crews to prepare the freeway for the placement of k-rail (concrete barriers) on the inside shoulder of I-5, which will be in place for approximately 18 months, and allow construction crews to operate safely within the median. The work will occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. over eight to 10 weeks, excluding Friday and Saturday nights and holidays. For more information, click here.


Ballona Institute Celebrates Recent Victory

The Ballona Institute has recently saved The Villa Marina Tule Wetlands and 118 mature trees on the edge of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. The West LA Area Planning Commission voted 4-0 to support the appeals of community groups and neighbors, objecting to city planning staff approvals to pave over open space, divert a significant part of the wetlands through a concrete pipe and approve a new vehicle storage parking lot where live trees are currently used by birds and butterflies.  The Commission also ruled that a zoning change from agriculture was inappropriate and that the Coastal Development Permit was improperly approved under the California Coastal Act. Climate change was also a reason to not to approve a project that would have resulted in the loss of 118 mature trees and move or eliminate wetlands vegetation that is currently sequestering carbon.


The Institute thanked LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin for accepting the community appeals and the Del Rey Neighborhood Council for reversing its original support of the project and all who wrote letters, agreed to support the appeals and/or trekked to West LA on a rainy night last week to participate in a lengthy hearing.


Howard Marlow & Dan Ginolfi Introduce the Waterlog Podcast

Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Howard Marlow and Dan Ginolfi to the show from Washington D.C. to introduce ASPN’s newest show, the Waterlog Podcast. Howard and Dan are experts in the realm of Federal coastal policy and help local governments from across the American shoreline understand and successfully navigate this complicated and confusing – yet critically important – universe. Subjects discussed: expectations for the lame duck period; the NFIP extension; what’s on the WRDA radar; the 2019 Corps work plan and process; and, what we can expect to be covered in future episodes of the Waterlog Podcast.  Click here for the podcast.

November 28, 2018

Explore the Coast Overnight Assessment Public Draft Released for Comment

The California State Coastal Conservancy is proud to announce the first draft of the Explore the Coast Overnight Assessment. The Conservancy would like to invite you to read and submit your comments on the assessment by Friday, January 25, 2019 via any of the following methods:
email:; fax: (510) 286 – 0470; or mail a hard copy to the State Coastal Conservancy. The comments received will be reviewed and may be integrated into the assessment, which will then be presented at the State Coastal Conservancy’s board meeting on March 14, 2019. The draft assessment can be found here. More information on the Conservancy’s Explore the Coast Overnight Program can be found here.

November 20, 2018

Sustaining Benefits from Marine Protected Areas in a Changing Ocean: Findings and Recommendations from the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee

The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC) conducted an extensive investigation that identified significant and far-reaching benefits to U.S. ecosystems, economies, communities and cultures resulting from the creation and long-term implementation of the nation’s MPAs. Generally, the MPA FAC has found that our nation’s MPAs: 1) support healthy, productive, and resilient ecosystems; 2) support coastal communities; and 3) connect America’s people to their ocean heritage. Click here for the committee’s executive summary and click here for the committee’s findings and reccomendations.

November 14, 2018

ACES 2018 Conference: Hotel Reservation Deadline Extended to November 16th!

ACES 2018 will be hosted at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, only 9 minutes from the U.S. Capitol and 5 minutes from Reagan Washington National Airport. There are still rooms in the block, so don’t delay!  To reserve your room, click here.

Wheeler North Reef Expansion Project Draft Subsequent EIR is available for public comment

The California State Lands Commission, as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, has completed a Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Construction and Management of an Artificial Reef in the Pacific Ocean near San Clemente, California: Wheeler North Reef Expansion Project.  Please click here for the Project Description, location, information about how to submit comments, and for the public hearing information.

November 7, 2018

Interior Disburses $44.8 Million in FY 2018 Energy Revenues to California


Revenues going back to the state will fund critical educational and infrastructure improvements, land and water conservation projects.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), disbursed $44.891 million in Fiscal Year 2018 energy revenues to California. This represents an increase of $8.649 million from the previous year’s total. The funds are derived from energy produced on federal and Indian lands, as well as U.S. offshore areas.


Interior Department Announces Second Consecutive Year of Growth in Energy Revenues as FY 2018 Disbursements Climb to $8.93 Billion


U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $8.93 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 from energy production on federal and American Indian lands and offshore areas. That figure represents an increase of $1.82 billion over the previous year. Often the second-highest generator of federal income following taxes, energy revenue disbursements are a critical source of funding to states, American Indian Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners, as well as to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Reclamation Fund, Historic Preservation Fund and the U.S. Treasury. A complete list of states receiving revenues and FY 2018 disbursement data will be available here.


October 30, 2018

New Dune Doctors Podcast:  Podcast for Building Beaches Better (P4B^3)

Coastal engineering is the cornerstone of shoreline management in many coastal states and Florida may well lead the way.  In the “fluid” environment of the American shoreline, sustaining sandy shorelines or rebuilding marshes is a difficult and controversial challenge.  The right approach is rarely obvious or settled. Thankfully, ASPN has a show dedicated to the profession and a top-notch host to walk you through it all. Join Peter and Tyler to welcome to ASPN Michael Poff, host of the Podcast for Building Beaches Better (P4B^3).  Michael is a great pro, having worked on the American shoreline for more than 25 years and leads Coastal Engineering Consultants out of Naples, Florida. When it comes to coastal engineering, he knows the ropes. Click here for podcast.


October 23, 2018

California Coastal Commission: Announcing this year’s amateur photo contest winners!

The winners of the 20th Annual California Ocean & Coastal Amateur Photography Contest have been chosen, and we invite you to enjoy their work. This contest was sponsored by the California Coastal Commission and the Thank You Ocean Campaign, with prizes generously provided by Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Chaminade Resort & Spa, and Rancho Bernardo Inn.  Click here to see the winners.

Floodplain Management Association (FMA) Mentorship Program

Calling all interested FMA mentors and mentees! The Emerging Professionals Committee is kicking off our pilot mentoring program. The Emerging Professionals Committee is working to engage and support Emerging Floodplain Management Professionals, as well as students and academia in related fields of study, through mentorship, networking, and training. The pilot mentorship program will run from beginning of November 2018 to the 2019 FMA Conference in San Diego, California. We are extending the deadline to apply for the program. If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the interest form here by Friday, October 26, 2018. If you have any questions, please email:

P3 Federal Conference: Early Registration Savings End This Friday

Join more than 800 public representatives, owners, industry leaders, and P3 experts for two days tailored to the needs of authorities focused on transportation, environmental, and social infrastructure project delivery.  For more event details, see “Events” section. To register, please click here.

Three Weeks Until Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) 2018 – Register Now!

Join Industry Leaders in Hong Kong to shape the future of ocean sustainable development. With 3 weeks before the start of the SOS 2018, the World Ocean Council is on track to again bring together a rich, robust agenda and gathering of the global ocean business community to advance ocean leadership, collaboration and action on ocean sustainable development.  Register here.


October 16, 2018

Abstract deadline extended: 2019 National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology

The abstract deadline for the 2019 National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology has been extended until October 19th due to the anticipated landfall of Hurricane Michael and its impacts. The 2019 Tech Conference will be held February 6-8th, 2019 in St. Augustine Beach, FL.  Conference objectives include: to present the latest in beach preservation technology and real-world practice and to provide a technological transfer from the scientific and engineering community to government officials who make the decisions on coastal projects and policies.

Abstracts may be submitted to Please visit here for more information.


September 18, 2018

NOAA Marine Debris Program FY19 Marine Debris REMOVAL Grants

Projects awarded through the removal grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources, with priority consideration for efforts targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects should also foster public awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution and impacts.  The submission period for removal proposals will extend from August 20 – October 29, 2018. For more information, please click here.

NOAA Marine Debris Program FY19 RESEARCH Grants

This opportunity provides funding for research directly related to marine debris through field, laboratory, and modeling experiments. Successful project proposals will explore the ecological risk associated with marine debris, determine debris exposure levels, examine the fate and transport of marine debris in nearshore coastal environments, and/or quantify habitat impacts resulting from marine debris. The submission period for research proposals will extend from September 17 – December 14, 2018. For more information, click here.

California receives $8.5 Million to Support State Parks and Outdoor Recreation

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ryan K. Zinke today announced a 8.5 million distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to California for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. This is part of a $100 million distribution from the LWCF to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service.  Since the inception of the LWCF, over $4.2 billion from responsible offshore oil and gas development has been made available to state and local governments to fund more than 43,000 conservation projects throughout the nation. The allocation for the State and Local Assistance Program is determined by a formula set in the LWCF Act. For more information, please visit

The P3 Federal Conference: Early registration savings end Friday.

On November 27 – 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C., join more than 800 public representatives, owners, industry leaders, and P3 experts for two days tailored to the needs of authorities focused on transportation, environmental, and social infrastructure project delivery.  The P3 Federal Conference returns to Washington, D.C. this November and invites local, state, and Federal representatives and industry professionals for P3 education, project development, and networking opportunities.  Register by Friday, September 21 and save $300. For registration and details, click here.

Oct 12, 2018 abstract deadline – Feb 2019 National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology – St. Augustine Beach, FL

The abstract deadline for the 2019 National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology is Friday, October 12th, 2018. The conference is being held February 6-8, 2019, at the brand new St. Augustine Beach Embassy Suites Oceanfront Resort.  Abstracts may be submitted to The Conference Planning Committee welcomes abstracts on a variety of coastal topics. Please visit the conference website here for more information.  Conference objectives include: To present the latest in beach preservation technology and real-world practice and to provide a technological transfer from the scientific and engineering community to government officials who make the decisions on coastal projects and policies.

September 5, 2018

Last Call for ASBPA Posters: Deadline Friday September 7th

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), in cooperation with the Coastal Zone Foundation, announces the Call for Abstracts for posters for its 2018 National Coastal Conference, Oct. 30- Nov 2 at the Galveston Island Convention Center on Galveston Island, TX. ASBPA is now accepting abstracts for posters only from both professionals and students until Sept. 7.  The theme of the 2018 conference, “Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides” continues to broaden our focus across the entire physical coastal and estuarine system. Presentations must be in poster format only. Abstracts (up to 500 words) are due by Sept. 7, 2018. Submit abstracts via the online form here. Presenters are responsible for all of their expenses including travel, lodging, and registration fees. Notification of presentation status will occur by Sept. 21, 2018. Additional information can be found at here.

August 15, 2018

Connecting the Drops from Summit to Sea: Early Registration Ends September 4

The California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) Annual Conference will be held in Riverside in just over 2 months from October 15-17. The full conference program can be viewed here and reflects the conference theme Connecting the Drops from Summit to Sea. The extensive program includes training workshops, technical presentations, and posters addressing a range of challenges and opportunities facing urban stormwater practitioners as well as a large and diverse exposition of the latest products and services. Speaker and poster presenters must register by Monday, September 17, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Late and webcast registration ends Tuesday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m.

August 7, 2018

The Bay Foundation Releases 5 Year Report: the LAX Dunes are Thriving

TBF has been busy helping remove non-native vegetation at the LAX Dunes, hosting many community restoration events with a wide range of volunteer groups. These efforts and those of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) have turned the dunes into healthy, thriving habitats for an abundance of wildlife and native vegetation. TBF recently completed a 5-Year Report summarizing restoration activities in the “Coastal Dunes Improvement Project” (CDIP) area since 2013. The data show that restorations in CDIP areas are meeting the restoration performance criteria with predominantly native coastal vegetation. To participate in one of the monthly volunteer events at the LAX Dunes, please click here.

July 24, 2018

California Coastal Commission Local Coastal Program Grant Application Period Now Open

Applications for grant funds to support Local Coastal Program planning are due by September 14, 2018 at 5pm. The Coastal Commission is pleased to announce a fifth round of grant funding to support local governments in completing or updating Local Coastal Programs (LCP) consistent with the California Coastal Act, and with special emphasis on planning for strategies to facilitate reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, adapt to the impacts of climate change, and maximize benefits to disadvantaged communities.  Local governments responsible for developing and amending LCPs under the California Coastal Act are eligible to apply. A total of $750,000 is available.

For assistance or more information on the grant program, particularly regarding eligible projects, please contact Daniel Nathan, LCP Grant Coordinator: | (415)-904-5251.  Click here for more information.

July 10, 2018

Invitation to Submit an Abstract: 2018 AGU Fall Meeting Session Announcement; Pubic Affairs Science to Action

If you work with coastal communities to transfer your research into application and would like to share your challenges and successes with other researchers, please consider submitting an abstract to: PA060: Science to Action: How hydrologists and residents can work together to reduce the impact of flooding (ID: 50325). The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, 1 August 23:59 EDT. Further details about the Fall Meeting available here. This session is exempt from the “first-author rule” such that first-authored submissions are allowed to other sessions.

This session is part of the Science & Society SWIRL Theme. SWIRL (Sessions With Interdisciplinary Research Linkages) themes are used to make new connections and discuss new developments in related fields of Earth and space science, and reveal interdisciplinary solutions through the sharing of research, discoveries, and approaches across disciplines.


June 19, 2018

Call for Poster Abstracts: 2018 State of the Los Angeles River Watershed Healthy River, Thriving Communities

On Thursday September 27th, 2018, the Council for Watershed Health and LA Sanitation will host the State of the Watershed Symposium and convene elected officials, non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, academics, agency scientists, and land managers to identify actionable next steps for creating a healthy and resilient watershed.

We are requesting abstracts for poster presentations. Please prepare a 500 word abstract and email to by July 15th. Due to space limitations, not all poster submissions can be accepted. Select presenters will be notified in early August. Please click here for more details and e-mail questions to

Coastal Conservancy’s Draft ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan

The Coastal Conservancy has produced a Draft Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. The plan includes a review of documents and policies to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the programs and services offered and managed by the Conservancy, and evaluates and provides a plan to address physical barriers if they are found to be present in Coastal Conservancy properties. The plan includes opportunities for members of the public to provide ideas, concerns and comments.  Click here to view the plan.  Comments are welcome and due by July 20, 2018. You can submit your comments to the Coastal Conservancy ADA Coordinator, Amy Hutzel at

June 6, 2018

MARID VI: Invitation and Call for Abstracts

The 6th edition of the Conference series on Marine and River Dune Dynamics (MARID) will take place April 1-3, 2019 in Bremen, Germany.  The aim of this meeting is to encourage effective communication between physicists, geologists, biologists and modellers to improve our understanding of bedform dynamics with particular attention to societal relevance.  The conference is open to all professionals and stakeholders dealing with bedform dynamics. MARID VI will offer student travel grants and will make awards available for their high standard contributions to the meeting by young scientists. Click here for more details.

Submission of extended abstracts for oral or poster presentations is due by Tuesday October 30, 2018. Please use the template that is provided, and keep to a length of 2 to 6 pages (all inclusive). Details on how to submit are available here.  If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to

May 8, 2018

Kings Beach State Recreation Area General Plan Released for Public Comment

California State Parks and the California Tahoe Conservancy seek public input on the future of Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Over the next 20 years, the public entities would like to add new facilities such as an outdoor event stage, lakeside promenade and small administration building. There is also a proposal to relocate the pier, playground, picnic areas and basketball court, and modify the restrooms and parking areas. The current boat ramp would be replaced with a smaller, non-motorized lake access point. The deadline to submit feedback on the proposed project is June 29, 2018. View the official news release here.


Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready Program Grant

The Coastal Conservancy announces a new Climate Ready grant solicitation; applications are due July 2, 2018. Climate Ready grants fund nature-based solutions for climate adaptation. Projects in this round will be funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, and projects must facilitate greenhouse gas emission reductions. These grants seek to support projects located in and benefiting disadvantaged communities. The solicitation document and application materials are posted here.


Draft Clean Water State Revolving Fund Federal FY 2018-19 Intended Use Plan Presentation and Webcast Now Available

The State Water Board’s Division of Financial Assistance would like to thank those who attended last month’s workshops held in Irvine, Oakland, and Sacramento or participated via webcast. The workshops were conducted to discuss the Draft Clean Water State Revolving Fund Federal Fiscal Year 2018-19 Intended Use Plan (Draft 2018-19 IUP) . If you were unable to attend the workshops or would like to view the webcast again, a recording of the live webcast and the presentation slides are available here under the What’s New tab. The deadline to receive comments on the Draft 2018-19 IUP is May 10, 2018 at noon. The Notice of Opportunity to Comment for the proposed adoption and the Draft 2018-19 IUP are available for review here.


April 18, 2018

Call for Abstracts: Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference – Americas

We invite you to submit an abstract to the 5th Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference – Americas (YCSEC-A) 2018. This year the meeting will be held November 9-11, 2018 at the beautiful Mérida City (Yucatán, México) and will be hosted by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The YCSEC-A is aimed at young scientists and engineers focused on any aspect of physical coastal science or engineering. Graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral researchers and young professionals in industry or government positions are encouraged to attend. The conference promotes multi- and interdisciplinary interaction to assist in developing an integrated research community and is modeled after the UK YCSEC.


The program will include keynote speakers from academia, and industry, oral presentations by the conference participants, professional development sessions, exhibitors, and social networking events.  Please visit the YCSEC website for more details.

April 11, 2018

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) Grant Program

The California Natural Resources Agency is pleased to announce the open solicitation period for the EEM Grant Program! The Guidelines include information to assist in preparing an application for funding. Please be sure to read these Guidelines, Application and Forms in their entirety for important information on project eligibility, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements.  
ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 5 p.m.  For more details, click here.

April 5, 2018

EPA Awards Grants to U.C. Riverside and USC for Innovative Technology Projects

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a total of $30,000 in grants to students at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Southern California to develop sustainable technologies addressing today’s environmental and public health challenges. The U.C. Riverside team is designing a device to reduce emissions from lawn and garden equipment; the USC team is developing a visual apparatus that will control lighting conditions and increase energy savings in office buildings. More than $463,000 was awarded to 31 student teams around the country through EPA’s People Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) program. For a full list of 2017 Phase I winners and their projects, click here.


March 20, 2018

Evaluation of General Waste Discharge Requirements for Composting Operations

At the March 20 State Water Board meeting, staff will present the results of stakeholder consultation and seek direction from the State Water Board prior to proposing any necessary changes to the Composting General Order related to manure management, including an evaluation of the definitions of agricultural material and agricultural composting, and the percentages of additives allowed for each tier.  The March 20 State Water Board meeting agenda can be found here. To read the Composting General Order and view implementation status, please see the website.

Questions? Please send an email to or Brianna St. Pierre at or 916-341-5810.

Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment – Addressing Threats to Beneficial Uses from Climate Change

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region (San Diego Water Board) is releasing for public review and comment Tentative Resolution No. R9-2018-0051 (formerly tentative Resolution No. R9-2017-0035), “Addressing Threats to Beneficial Uses from Climate Change” (Tentative Resolution). Copies of the Public Notice and the Tentative Resolution are available here.  Please submit comments no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018 via email to with the subject line “Comment – Tentative Resolution No. R9-2018-0051.” The San Diego Water Board is scheduled to consider adoption of the Tentative Resolution at its public Board meeting on May 9, 2018 at the City of Mission Viejo City Hall. For more information, please contact Jeremy Haas, Environmental Program Manager, or 619-521-3009.


The Coastal Conservancy:  Lower-Cost Overnight Accommodation Survey

The Coastal Conservancy needs your ideas for places along the California coast where we can create or enhance opportunities for people to stay overnight at an affordable rate. We are identifying potential locations to develop or improve campgrounds, cabins, yurts, hostels, dorms, motels, or hotels. Proposition 68, a California park and water bond on the June ballot, includes $30 million for the Coastal Conservancy to support lower-cost overnight accommodations through grants or Conservancy-led projects. This survey asks for your ideas for specific or general locations for lower-cost overnight accommodation projects, type of accommodation proposed, as well as your best judgment as to the potential level of landowner and community support. Please fill out the survey and share with others. Help us make the coast accessible for all!


March 13, 2018

2018 Cleantech Open’s Start-Up Accelerator

To be eligible for a prize, your technology must fit into one of these categories: Energy Generation, Energy Distribution & Storage, Energy Efficiency, Chemicals & Advanced Materials, Information & Communications Technologies (ICT), Green Building, Transportation, and finally, Agriculture, Water, & Waste.  Cleantech Open supports early stage startups.  Most startups in the program have less than $1.5MM in funding from private investors or less than $10MM in funding from family, friends, and grants.  Cleantech Open encourages you to apply even if your funding levels are higher.  They’ll evaluate your fit with the program holistically, considering your company’s ability to benefit from the program. Information on the program and application.


U.S. DPT of Energy Wind for Schools Project

The U.S. Department of Energy funds the Wind for Schools project, which helps develop a future wind energy workforce by encouraging students at higher education institutions to join Wind Application Centers and serve as project consultants for small wind turbine installations at rural elementary and secondary schools. The Wind for Schools project goals are to: improve wind energy workforce development through wind-focused deployment and educational activities; introduce teachers and students to wind energy; equip college juniors and seniors with an education in wind energy applications; and engage America’s communities in wind energy applications, benefits, and challenges.

Oceanside Postpones CAP/ECAP Public Workshop

To allow for further refinement of both the draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) and the draft policy framework of the Energy and Climate Action Element (ECAP), and to ensure ample time for public review of these materials in advance of a public workshop, the CAP/ECAP public workshop scheduled for March 15th has been postponed.

The city will send out an email blast once an alternate workshop date has been determined-probably this spring. The city will release draft materials draft materials for public review at least 10 days in advance of the workshop.


National Recycling Coalition: Recycling Markets Development in the 21st Century

What will it take to build and expand the infrastructure necessary to develop new US markets for recycled materials? Explore what has worked in other states and join local and national experts in recycling, manufacturing, funding, business development and R&D to reinvigorate and re-imagine recycling end markets in the 21st century. Click here to register! 


Council for Watershed Health RFP: Merced Avenue Greenaway Design

The Council for Watershed Health is currently accepting proposals for the Merced Avenue Greenway design in the City of South El Monte. The Merced Avenue Greenway project focuses on the plan and design of a shovel-ready retrofit for the Merced Avenue corridor, a 1.3-mile long stretch of Merced Avenue between Fern Street and Lerma Road. This Project proposes a multi-benefit approach to manage stormwater runoff at its source in order to meet regulatory compliance by improving water quality and enhancing watershed health. The submission deadline is March 30, 2018. We look forward to hearing back from you. Download RFP here

Please submit any inquiries to Michele Montano at 


FoLAR Brings Back America’s Largest Urban River Cleanup

Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) is proud to present the 29th Annual Great LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza (CleanUp). With the LA River regularly in the news as an important part of the 51-mile community discussion, the annual CleanUp has exploded in recent years, shattering records for volunteer turnout and trash collected, and is the largest urban river cleanup in America. The 2017 CleanUp attracted 10,000 volunteers—individuals and groups—who removed over 100 tons of trash from the LA River at more than a dozen sites. The 2018 CleanUp will be held at nine sites along the entire length of the LA River on the last three Saturdays of Earth Month (April 14th, 21st, and 28th) 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Registration for volunteers is open at:


World Ocean Curriculum Catalogue

Environmental Educators! Looking for activities, lesson plans, science projects or marine species resources for the classroom?   WORLD OCEAN Curriculum Catalog provides a comprehensive list of links to educational content, lesson plans, and educational activities for kindergarten through secondary programs.   Ocean Curriculum Catalogue


EPA Awards Funds to CA Small Businesses to Develop Environmental Technologies

Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a combined $600,000 in funding for Microvi Biotech Inc., of Hayward and Hi-Z Technology Inc., of San Diego to develop technologies that provide solutions for environmental issues. The recipients are receiving Phase II contracts from EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which awards contracts annually through a two-phase competition. Learn more about EPA’s SBIR program  here.


Former Coastal Commissioner Publishes Coastal Act Book

Navigating the California Coastal Act, the latest publication from Solano Press Books, is a comprehensive overview and guide to practice under the California Coastal Act. Author Jana Zimmer is a Santa Barbara-based attorney, arbitrator, and former Coastal Commissioner with over 35 years of experience in work under the California Coastal Act. Navigating the California Coastal Act is written for anyone who works with coastal issues, whether as a government official, property owner or developer, attorney or judge, interested citizen activist, or student. The book includes photography, courtesy of Reeve Woolpert, and the artwork of the author.




March 6, 2018

NCER 2018 Final Reminder: Abstracts are due this Thursday, March 8

The National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) will be held in New Orleans, LA on August 26-30, 2018. This is the final call for abstracts.  The NCER invites individuals working in large scale or small scale ecosystem restoration to submit abstracts describing their efforts, science, projects, and results.  For information on the abstract template, visit the NCER 2018 site.


Explore the Coast Grant

The Conservancy announces the availability of Explore the Coast grants, applications are due April 16th. These grants fund public agencies, tribes and nonprofit organizations to run programs to help more people to explore California’s spectacular coast. Explore the Coast grants seek to increase recreational, educational, or stewardship opportunities particularly for people and communities that may face challenges getting to or enjoying the coast.



 California to Receive Boating Infrastructure Grant from DOI

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced that California will receive a Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) of $1,500,000 to improve boating infrastructure and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. State partners will provide $1,569,233 in additional non-federal matching funds, bringing the total project cost to $3,069,233. The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways proposes to assist the City of West Sacramento in constructing 396 feet of side-tie dockage for transient recreational vessels 26 feet in length or longer. This announcement is part of $14 million in BIG funds being awarded nationwide.

A full list of funding and projects can be found here. Funding for the BIG program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund.



 OPC Proposition 84 Grant Program

USC Sea Grant is now soliciting preliminary proposals for the California Ocean Protection Council’s (OPC) Proposition 84 Competitive Grant Program. The OPC has identified six broad focus areas that include all the priority research topic areas identified in this call including: ocean acidification and hypoxia, and other changes in ocean conditions from a changing climate; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; sea-level rise adaptation and coastal resilience; coastal sediment management; marine pollution; and marine renewable energy. The pre-proposal application deadline is March 15, 2018. More information can be found here.



Feb 20, 2018

DHI Water & Environment, Inc. Expands Local Presence with Opening of New Ecology and Environment Department

DHI Water & Environment, Inc is a Danish not-for-profit research and consultancy firm regionally headquartered in Denver, CO.  DHI has expanded to now include an Ecology and Environment Department (EED). The EED will allow DHI to offer a more comprehensive array of ecological and environmental services to their client base in North and South America.  DHI hopes the EED will improve upon professional knowledge-based environmental assessment and management initiatives. Full Press Release



February 13, 2018

Call for submissions to Frontiers in Built Environment research topic: Tsunami Interactions with the Built Environment

Earthquake Engineering and the journal Frontiers in Built Environment are calling for article submissions regarding “Tsunami Interactions with the Built Environment”. This collaborative effort hopes to gather information from experts throughout the world.  Click here for more information on submissions.


Surfrider and TropicSport Sunscreen & Skin Care join forces to protect healthy skin and marine life

The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit with the goal to protect and enjoy the ocean and beaches, and TropicSport, a reef-friendly sunscreen and skincare company, are partnering together. A portion of TropicSport proceeds will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation. Click link for press release.


Call for submissions to Frontiers in Built Environment research topic: Tsunami Interactions with the Built Environment

Earthquake Engineering and the journal Frontiers in Built Environment are calling for article submissions regarding “Tsunami Interactions with the Built Environment”. This collaborative effort hopes to gather information from experts throughout the world.  Click here for more information on submissions.


Surfrider and TropicSport Sunscreen & Skin Care join forces to protect healthy skin and marine life

The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit with the goal to protect and enjoy the ocean and beaches, and TropicSport, a reef-friendly sunscreen and skincare company, are partnering together. A portion of TropicSport proceeds will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation. Click link for press release.



February 7, 2018

Call for submissions to Frontiers in Built Environment research topic: Tsunami Interactions with the Built Environment

Earthquake Engineering and the journal Frontiers in Built Environment are calling for article submissions regarding “Tsunami Interactions with the Built Environment”. This collaborative effort hopes to gather information from experts throughout the world.  Click here for more information on submissions.


Surfrider and TropicSport Sunscreen & Skin Care join forces to protect healthy skin and marine life

The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit with the goal to protect and enjoy the ocean and beaches, and TropicSport, a reef-friendly sunscreen and skincare company, are partnering together. A portion of TropicSport proceeds will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation. Click link for press release.


January 30, 2018

LCPs Help Communities Rise to the Occasion with Successful Mitigation

 For decades, the Local Coastal Programs (LCPs) that govern land use along the California coastline were focused on conservation and recreation, but not mitigation. That’s changing thanks to a state grant program that has made millions of dollars available for local communities to update their LCPs, with priority given to those that address sea-level rise, increasing erosion, and other effects of climate change. The Coastal Commission’s Local Assistance Grant Program webpage  is updated regularly with information on grant opportunities.  It also offers guidance, information on technical assistance, and other materials. Read more about the status of LCP updates statewide here. (Source: EPA Region 9 CCAMP)


January 30, 2018

EPA Awards Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Grants for Clean Air Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded nearly $12.5 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding to recipients in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington to reduce diesel emissions from large diesel sources, such as trucks, buses, agriculture and port equipment. The DERA program is administered by EPA’s West Coast Collaborative, a clean air public-private partnership that leverages public and private funds to reduce emissions from the most polluting diesel sources in impacted communities in West Coast states and U.S. Territories. Click here for more information about this year’s West Coast Collaborative DERA projects.


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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