Big Sur Beach by Jeff Chou Flickr Creative Commons
Thanks to State Senator Mark Leno and the Natural Resources Defense Council, a state resolution (SJR 20) passed through the legislature in August of 2014 that salutes the 50th anniversary of the state’s leadership and innovation in coastal planning and management and proclaims February 16, 2015, and each third Monday in February thereafter as “Safeguard Our Coast Day”.
Ann Notthoff of the Natural Resources Defense Council put it well: “Our coast defines us Californians. We have the best coastal management system in the world. Thanks to that and strong public support, California’s coast is beautiful, our tourism economy is booming and the marine life that call it home have a healthy future. Constant pressures will always mean the coast and ocean are never “saved,” but we are lucky to have a coastal program that gives us the tools to keep our coast as healthy as possible. “ (more…)
by Kevin Cortopassi, Flickr Creative Commons
My Lawn Is a Lovely Shade Of Brown
by Sam Schuchat, Coastal Conservancy Executive Officer
A great many lawns are a lovely shade of brown in California right now as we are well into the third year of the worst drought since the 1970s. That includes the lawn around our state capital, which the Department of General Services let die. There isn’t very much anyone can do in the short run about the drought, other than conserve as much water as possible and hope that next winter is at least a “normal” winter if not a wetter than normal winter. In the long run however, there are plenty of things we can do, particularly in our coastal cities, to adjust to the realities of periodic droughts and the impacts of climate change on our water system.
The State Coastal Conservancy is now accepting applications for 2015 Sea Otter Recovery Grants. The grants will be funded with monies from the voluntary tax check-off box for sea otter recovery. Public agencies and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for the grants (see application instructions for details). Eligible projects include research, science, protection projects or programs related to the Federal Sea Otter Recovery Plan or improving the nearshore ocean ecosystem, including, but not limited to, program activities to reduce sea otter mortality. (more…)
With funding from the Coastal Conservancy, State Park and California Conservation Corps trail crews are installing a new footbridge and repairing connecting trails in Garrapata State Park in northern Big Sur, May 20, 2014.
The California State Coastal Conservancy announces the availability of funding for three specific types of projects through its Climate Ready program. Grant applications are due August 22, 2014. (more…)
On Friday, April 25, 2014, the Coastal Conservancy and Corps of Engineers took the final step in the restoration of Hamilton Airfield to tidal marsh habitat, breaching the levee that has separated Hamilton from the Bay for over a century. (more…)
A new report by the Center for American Progress and OXFAM America found that investing in coastal restoration can be highly cost effective. (more…)