Draft Wetland and Rice Carbon Protocol Now Available

A methodology for project proponents to financially benefit from reducing greenhouse gas emissions by accessing carbon markets through the conversion of land to wetlands and rice is now available in draft form. This methodology focuses on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, San Francisco Estuary and the coast of California. The Delta Conservancy held an initial stakeholder meeting to receive input from interested parties and the presentation from this meeting is available below. In the coming months, the methodology will be submitted to the American Carbon Registry for consideration.  At this time, there will be further opportunities for public engagement as a part of the review and approval process.

For a copy of the presentation, click here.

For a copy of the draft Protocol, click here.

For answers to FAQs, click here.

From Border to Border: The California Coastal Trail

Check out this great video about the California Coastal Trail by KCET, featuring San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox and some fabulous footage of the California coast.  For more information, visit the KCET web site here.

National Trails Day

National Trails Day, the largest celebration of trails nationwide will be taking place on Saturday, June 6, 2015, and the Coastal Conservancy is sponsoring a variety of Bay Area events in partnership with the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and others.  Go to National Trails Day registration page to learn more about events in the Bay Area and to register for one in your community.

Draft Strategic Plan Update

The Coastal Conservancy is updating its Strategic Plan to include priorities for Proposition 1 (Water Bond) expenditure, to update our Climate Change objectives and to address the newly created Santa Ana River Conservancy Program. The draft Strategic Plan Update is now available for public comment. Comments should be emailed to comments@scc.ca.gov or mailed to our office. Comments are due May 1, 2015.

Coastal Conservancy Awards 11 Climate Ready Project Implementation Grants

In January 2015 the Coastal Conservancy awarded more than $2 million for 11 competitively selected projects to help California adapt to climate change. The funding came from the second grant round of the Climate Ready program, designed to help California’s coastal and San Francisco Bay Area communities prepare for rising seas, drought, warming temperatures, and other effects of a changing climate.


Online Wheelchair Rider’s Guide Now Covers All of California’s Coast

A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the California Coast (www.wheelingcalscoast.org/) has been expanded to include the entire coastline of California and the shoreline of San Francisco Bay. Wheelchair-accessible sites in the South Coast, North Coast, and San Francisco Bay Area were recently added to the website, which was launched in 2010.


Proposition 1: Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014

Development of Prop 1 Guidelines: The Coastal Conservancy has developed draft project solicitation and evaluation guidelines for water bond implementation. The public is encouraged to review and comment on these draft guidelines. Written comments should be emailed to: comments@scc.ca.gov or mailed to: The Coastal Conservancy 1330 Broadway #1300 Oakland, CA 94612.

The deadline for comments was March 23, 2015. The Coastal Conservancy will hold three public meetings around the state for the purpose of receiving comments on the draft guidelines:
March 11th in Sacramento, 901 P street, from 9-11am;
March 19th in Oakland, 1330 Broadway 11th floor, from 2-4pm; and
March 20th in Los Angeles, 320 West 4th Street, 7th floor conference room, from 10am-12pm.

The March 19th meeting was a webinar via gotomeeting (Meeting ID 945-803-717) conference call # 1-888-363-4734; code – 804443.

All of the letters and emails submitted to the Coastal Conservancy are available here. The draft guidelines will also be discussed and public comments are welcome at the Coastal Conservancy’s March 26th meeting in Napa.

With the passage of Prop 1, the Coastal Conservancy can continue its mission to protect and restore California rivers, lakes, streams, and watersheds. (more…)

Conservancy Meeting Dates 2015

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