Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Napa – March 26th, 2015

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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.

Job Opportunities at the Coastal Conservancy

The State Coastal Conservancy is recruiting for Project Managers, and may hire 2 in our South Coast program and 1 in the San Francisco Bay Area program, all based out of our Oakland office.  (more…)

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…)

Help Save California Sea Otters at Tax Time

Sea Otter Tax Check Off_OPTION 3California’s sea otters need your help, and there’s an easy way to do it by making a voluntary contribution on line 410 of your state income tax return (Form 540).

By contributing any amount over one dollar, Californians can support the California Sea Otter Fund. Donations are tax deductible on next year’s return.

“The voluntary contributions Californians make at tax time are incredibly helpful in efforts to save the cherished California Sea Otters,” said Sam Schuchat, executive officer of the State Coastal Conservancy. “The money raised through tax donations helps pay for essential research and recovery efforts to assure the conservation and survival of this extraordinary resident of our central coast.” (more…)

Snap the shore, see the future!

Join the California King Tides Initiative on its 5th anniversary to capture this winter’s highest tides, or king tides, on December 21-23, January 19-21, and February 17-19. Participating is easy – simply grab your camera or smart phone and head to the coast or bay during the high tides, then share your photos following directions at http://california.kingtides.net/.

Safeguard our Coast Day

Big Sur Beach by Jeff Chou Flickr Creative Commons

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…)

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