Fellowship Opportunity: California Sea Grant + NOAA Marine Debris Program
The Marine Debris Extension Fellow will support the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s (MDP) work in California and assist the MDP and the California Ocean Protection Council with the implementation of the California Ocean Litter Strategy. This two-year fellowship, based in Oakland, CA will provide the opportunity to work closely with California Sea Grant’s team of extension specialists, the California Ocean Protection Council, and other state agencies, on research, education, and outreach projects to help advance ocean litter reduction efforts in the state. Eligibility: This fellowship is open to candidates who are close to completing or have recently completed (after May 1, 2018) an advanced degree from an accredited U.S. University. The fellow must complete all degree requirements prior to starting the fellowship. Deadline: January 29, 2020. Apply here.
Coastal Community of South Carolina Grants
Coastal Community Foundation runs two competitive grant cycles per year, with applications due in January and June. Visit the grant opportunities page to find out which grants your organization may qualify for. To apply for a grant, please login to our online portal to access current applications.
Minnesota’s Coastal Program Grants
Every year the Department of Natural Resourses (DNR) offers grants to help communities, agencies, and organizations balance protection of Lake Superior coastal resources with providing places for people to live, work, and play. There are 3 funding opportunities this year. For more information, click here.
Department of the Interior Teams up with Concrete Preservation Institute Foundation to Preserve Historic Sites
The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Concrete Preservation Institute Foundation (CPI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a framework to utilize CPI’s existing training programs in repair, maintenance and stewardship at historic sites across the Department’s bureaus. CPI partners with the DOI and the Department of Defense, and with industry companies across the country, to offer career preparation, nationwide placement and hands-on training for transitioning active duty service members at all levels from all service branches while completing construction, repair, maintenance and safety/access projects in national parks and public sites.
U.S. EPA requires safer management of hazardous waste at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with the Department of the Navy for improperly managing hazardous waste at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake. Under the agreement, the federal facility will pay a $23,700 penalty. The facility has resolved the identified violations and is now in compliance with the RCRA requirements. For more information on EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act please visit: www.epa.gov/rcra
U.S. EPA settles with six companies over California trucking rules
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced recent settlements with six companies totaling over $450,000 in penalties for violating the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Truck and Bus Regulation and Drayage Truck Regulation. The companies either failed to install particulate filters on their own heavy-duty diesel trucks, failed to verify that trucks they hired for use in California complied with the state rules, or failed to maintain required records. As part of one of the settlements, $90,000 will be spent on an air filtration system at one or more schools in the South Coast Air Basin. For more information on California’s Truck and Bus rule, please click here.
City of Carlsbad Adds Lagoon Trail
Carlsbad City Council has approved adding the Hub Park trail to the city’s “Capital Improvement Program,” a long term plan for major city construction projects. The 2.4 mile trail is on land owned by SDG&E. The city has a 1975 lease agreement with SDG&E for a portion of the trail, but not the part that connects to nearby roads. Read more here.
ICCE 2020 37th International Conference on Coastal Engineering
September 13-18, 2020 – Sydney, Australia
On behalf of Engineers Australia, the ICCE2020 Local Organising Committee welcomes you to the 37th International Conference on Coastal Engineering in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The 13 member Committee is responsible for conference planning and organisation, led by Co-Chairs Professor Ian Turner (University of NSW) and Mr Ed Couriel (NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation) representing both the research and practicing strengths of the profession.Abstracts for the 37th International Conference are due by September 15th, 2019. More information here.
U.S. EPA Seeks Comment and Commitment on Draft National Water Reuse Action Plan
SAN DIEGO — Today, at the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Diego, California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a draft National Water Reuse Action Plan that identifies priority actions and the leadership and collaboration that is needed between governmental and non-governmental organizations to implement these actions. Water reuse represents a major opportunity to support our nation’s communities and economy by bolstering safe and reliable water supplies for human consumption, agriculture, business, industry, recreation and healthy ecosystems. EPA seeks to collaborate with all stakeholder groups on this plan and is soliciting public input through a 90-day public comment period. For more information, including opportunities to engage with EPA on this effort,Click here.
San Diego County Offers $28.5M in Grants to Help Organizations Upgrade High-Polluting Vehicles and Equipment
The County of San Diego is inviting businesses, nonprofits and government organizations that currently use high-polluting heavy-duty equipment to apply for a share of $28.5 million in grant funding for greener vehicles, machinery and equipment. The grants, which come from the California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Motor Vehicles, will allow qualifying applicants to replace existing machines and equipment that emit toxic air contaminants with new low- or zero-polluting versions. Eligible projects include heavy-duty trucks, agricultural and off-road construction equipment, boat engines, energy-efficient fueling-infrastructure equipment, and buses and air filtration systems used in K-12 schools. The county’s Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is accepting applications through Friday, September 20. To learn more about the grants or to apply, visit the APCD’s Clean Air for All website.
U.S. EPA settles with LA County drinking water systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has reached settlement agreements with five public drinking water systems in Los Angeles County. The agreements require the systems to ensure they meet federal drinking water standards. System owners have agreed they will provide customers with access to alternate, safe water until upgrades are complete.
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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.
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.