Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Sacramento – May 26, 2016

Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair
Sara Ramirez Giroux (Public Member)
Ann Notthoff (Public Member)
Peter Sadowski (Public Member)
John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated)
Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair; Susan Hansch (Designated)
Michael Cohen, Director, Department of Finance; Karen Finn (Designated)

Senate Representatives:
Benjamin Allen (District 26)
Anthony Cannella (District 12)
Jerry Hill (District 13)

Assembly Representatives:
Luis Alejo (District 30)
Mark Stone (District 29)
Das Williams (District 37)

Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Amy Roach, Chief Counsel

AGENDA

DATE: May 26, 2016
TIME: 9:30 am
LOCATION: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA

 

1.  ROLL CALL

2.  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s March 24, 2016 public meeting.

3.   CONSENT ITEMS
A.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $200,000 to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for the construction of public access improvements at the Pismo Ranch Preserve located adjacent to the City of Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

B.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse federal grant funds in an amount of up to $35,000 to the Northcoast Regional Land Trust for pre-acquisition studies to preserve working lands, coastal wetlands, and fish and wildlife habitat at Bessette Ranch, Klamath River Estuary, Requa, Del Norte County.

C.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $500,000 of grant funds from the Natural Resources Agency to the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District to continue implementation of the White Slough Restoration Project in the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (HBNWR) on Humboldt Bay, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

D.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $200,000 to The Wildlands Conservancy to complete final designs and implement six fish passage and habitat improvement projects in the East Branch of the Russian Gulch in coastal Sonoma County.
 
E.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $68,250 of U.S.  Fish and Wildlife Service grant funds to Marin Audubon Society to prepare environmental analyses, designs and other information needed for permit applications for restoration of a 5.2-acre site adjoining the Corte Madera Marsh Ecological Reserve in Marin County.

 
4.  EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT
A.  Matilija Dam Update
B.  Low Cost Overnight Accommodations
C.  Demographics of Coastal Visitation
D. Partnership with Marin Community Foundation
E.  Legislative Report

STATEWIDE

5.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to three million dollars to the California Coastal Commission to fund Local Coastal Program grants.
 
6.   Consideration and possible Conservancy  authorization to disburse up to $150,000 in grants of up to $10,000 each to individual local public entities for the purpose of installing Coastal Trail Major Mile Markers in segments of the California Coastal Trail.

NORTH COAST

7.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the City of Eureka for construction of three segments of the Eureka Waterfront Trail, creating approximately 3.75 miles of the California Coastal Trail in the City of Eureka, Humboldt County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
 
8.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to  $570,000 to the Mendocino Land Trust for the construction of 2.2 miles of new trail at Pelican Bluffs and a new coastal accessway at Newport, in Mendocino County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

 9.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $500,000 to The Wildlands  Conservancy to construct an ADA-accessible 30-space parking area and related improvements at the Jenner Headlands in coastal Sonoma County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

10.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $378,366 to the North Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council to: 1) develop conceptual designs for enhancement of at least two off-channel coho salmon habitat sites; 2) develop comprehensive water conservation plans on at least three priority agricultural properties; and 3) construct a 100,000 gallon rainwater catchment system in the Lower Green Valley Creek watershed in Sonoma County.

11.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $490,578 to Turtle Island Restoration Network to produce design plans, prepare permit applications and provide environmental compliance for restoration of floodplain coho salmon rearing habitat on a one mile reach of Lagunitas Creek, Olema, Marin County.

12.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $250,000 to the Coastal Ecosystems Institute of Northern California to prepare construction design, environmental and permit application documents for the Cochran Creek Fish Passage and Channel Restoration project on Fay Slough, near the City of Eureka, Humboldt County.

CENTRAL COAST

13.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $2,500,000 to the Big Sur Land Trust to acquire the 73-acre Carr Lake Property in Salinas, Monterey County, to preserve and enhance the natural resources of the property and to improve the water quality of Monterey Bay.

14.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,672,463 of grant funds from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Regents of the University of California for restoration of wetlands and connected uplands at Upper Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara County and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

 15.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $314,905 to Coastal Conservation and Research, Inc., to improve dunes adaptation to sea level rise at Salinas River State Beach Moss Landing, Monterey County.

 16.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $117,500 to Trout Unlimited for design and permitting of fish passage improvements on Potrero Creek, a tributary to the Carmel River, Monterey County.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

17.  Consideration and certification of the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project – Phase 2 (Final Phase 2 EIS/R); approval of the Preferred Alternative as defined in that Final Phase 2 EIS/R; adoption of Findings under the California Environmental Quality Act, a Statement of Overriding Considerations, and a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program; and authorization to: (1) disburse up to $13,727,170 to Ducks Unlimited, Inc. for implementation of two Phase 2 projects of the South Bay Salt Pond (SBSP) Restoration Project which includes $11,521,873 in reimbursable grant funds; (2) disburse up to $100,000 to the Aquatic Science Center to maintain and manage www.southbayrestoration.org and the associated project data and information on this site for approximately two additional years; (3) disburse up to $967,500 for engineering and environmental services, project management, and related activities to support the SBSP Restoration Project, $67,500 of which is reimbursable; and (4) enter into a Design Agreement with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for design of the project elements recommended in the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Study.

18.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $250,000 to the Sonoma Resource Conservation District to design and implement conservation practices to increase water sustainability at four vineyards in the Sonoma Creek watershed in Sonoma County and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

SOUTH COAST

19.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $476,800 to the Trust for Public Land, of which $374,300 will be reimbursed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Coastal Wetland Conservation grant program, to acquire fee title on 35.52 acres of open space adjacent to the San Luis Rey River in City of Oceanside, San Diego County, for purpose of protecting, restoring, and enhancing habitat.

20.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $350,000 for environmental services to prepare a restoration and public access plan for the Ormond Beach wetlands complex in Ventura County. 

21.   CLOSED SESSIONS

Possible closed sessions:

A. To confer regarding pending litigation or anticipated litigation:   Pappas v State of California, Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Case No. 1417388; and other pending litigation; and/or to consider the initiation of litigation. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e).

B.  To give direction to the Conservancy’s real estate negotiators regarding the price and terms of payment for the sale of the Conservancy’s Victorine Ranch Property (Monterey County Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 243-211-025, 243-211-026 and 243-221-019). Session will be closed pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(c)(7).

22.   CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS

23.   PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

 24.   ADJOURNMENT

 N.B.:   Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Conservancy. At any time during the meeting, but prior to the adjournment of the open session of the meeting, the Conservancy may recess or adjourn to closed session to consider personnel matters, prices and terms of real estate transactions, and possible and pending litigation. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to attorney-client privilege and statutory authorization under Government Code Sections 11126(a), (c) (7), and (e).

Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting should contact Mr. Wayman no later than five days prior to meeting.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Dick Wayman at
(510) 286-4182 or dick.wayman@scc.ca.gov or at the Conservancy:

1330 Broadway, 13th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612