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  • SCC Public Comment on Dept. of Interior Review of National Monuments
    The Department of the Interior is currently reviewing the status of 27 national monuments and has solicited public comments as part of this process.  The State Coastal Conservancy has issued the statement below, encouraging Secretary Zinke to leave these protected public lands intact.  Learn more about the review and leave a comment of your own […]
  • Climate Ready Grant Round
    The Coastal Conservancy announces the availability of technical assistance to help vulnerable communities develop Climate Ready Projects. The Climate Ready Program seeks to encourage local governments and non-governmental organizations to take steps to prepare for a changing climate by advancing planning and implementation of on-the-ground actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or lessen the impacts of climate […]
  • Coastal Conservancy and California Coastal Trail Association Honor 2017 “Trail Heroes”
    The California State Coastal Conservancy and the California Coastal Trail Association today announced this year’s Coastal Trail Heroes, Larry Tierney and Paul Jenkin.  These awards, presented at the California State Parks Trails and Greenways Conference, honor the extraordinary hard work and dedication of individuals to support the California Coastal Trail. “Larry and Paul have been steadfast […]
  • Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Redwood City – April 27, 2017
    Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair Sara Ramirez Giroux (Public Member) Ann Notthoff (Public Member) John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated) Dayna Bochco, 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 […]
  • Living Shorelines Webinar Materials
    On March 30, staff of the Coastal Conservancy hosted a webinar on our Living Shorelines projects.  All of the materials and a recording of the webinar can be found here: One-Pager Summary Presentation Slides Webinar Video  
  • Coastal Conservancy Prop 1 Grant Solicitation
    The Conservancy announces a new Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation, applications are due May 31, 2017.  Conservancy Proposition 1 grants fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. Priority project types include: water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration and urban greening. The grant application has two parts: a cover sheet and a […]
  • Joint Letter to Legislators on proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    The Chairs of the California Coastal Commission, California State Coastal Conservancy, and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, California’s three federally certified coastal zone management agencies, have jointly issued a letter to the Members of the California Congressional Delegation urging them to oppose deep cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as […]
  • Request for Qualifications for Environmental Services-2017
    The California Coastal Conservancy anticipates a need for environmental, engineering, architectural, landscape architectural, and construction project management consulting services for Conservancy projects and programs over the next twelve months. The Conservancy seeks to identify individuals and firms providing these services. To submit your qualifications, please read the Request for Qualifications and complete the Consultant Questionnaire. […]
  • Request for Services – ADA assistance
    The State Coastal Conservancy is seeking the services of a landscape architectural or architectural consultant or consulting team with a specialization in federal and state accessibility laws and associated design parameters. The consultant will assist the Conservancy in its efforts to ensure that it is taking all reasonable measures to avoid discrimination against persons with […]
  • Climate Ready Webinar: Lessons-learned in Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning
      The California State Coastal Conservancy hosted a webinar for 140 people on December 2, 2016 to share examples and lessons learned from some of our sea level rise adaptation planning projects. This webinar highlighted three case studies: – San Mateo (Hilary Papendick, San Mateo County) – Monterey Bay (Kelly Leo, The Nature Conservancy) – […]
  • San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Map Project
    The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), a joint powers agency, invites qualified Proposers to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Map Project, which is managed by the the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail and the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, which are programs of ABAG. […]
  • The Conservancy at 40: Santa Ana River Trail and Santa Ana River Conservancy Program
    In 2014, the California legislature created the Santa Ana River Conservancy Program within the Coastal Conservancy. Why a new Conservancy program and why one that extends so far inland?  The Santa Ana River is the largest watershed in Southern California, draining a 2,650 square mile area from its headwaters near the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area […]
  • The Conservancy at 40: Urban Greening
    The Coastal Conservancy was established with the core mandates of providing public access to California’s coastline and preserving endangered coastal habitats. Urban greening projects have emerged as an approach that blends the two goals in unexpected ways. Streets, medians, parking lots, and parks can bring nature to people and all the attendant benefits that come […]
  • The Conservancy at 40: Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project
    Wetlands were the cradle of life on the earth’s surface. They are still among the planet’s richest environments and offer countless benefits to people. Acre for acre, wetlands are one of the most productive wildlife habitats on earth. They are nurseries for fish, including important commercial species, and are necessary for the survival of many migratory […]
  • The Conservancy at 40: Hearst Ranch
    If you hike, bike or drive along the California coast you can see all kinds of wildlife: Elk? Check. Elephant seals? Check. Zebras? What? If you sight a zebra along the San Luis Obispo coast, you will know that you are gazing at a part of the Hearst Ranch, and one of the most ambitious […]
  • The Conservancy at 40: The Carmel River
    In 1999 the Carmel River was listed as one of North American’s ten most endangered rivers, but many organizations and individuals have been working together to reverse this and make the Carmel River watershed once again healthy and vibrant. Over the years, a concentration of conservation efforts has begun the transformation; this has included land […]
  • NWF Releases New Report on Natural Defenses
    Today, the National Wildlife Federation released a new report that highlights how nature can protect communities from hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, entitled: ‘Natural Defenses in Action: Harnessing Nature to Protect our Communities.” Download the report here:
  • The Conservancy at 40: San Mateo County Coast
    The San Mateo County Coast is only minutes from one of the largest metropolitan areas in the state, and people making the short drive from San Francisco or San Jose are always surprised by how, all of a sudden, there’s so much green space on the coast! The open rolling hills look effortlessly “natural,” but […]
  • The Conservancy at 40 Years: Marin County
    The next time you are traveling around west Marin, imagine the expansive rolling hills covered with thousands of homes and highways instead of family farms.  That was the future for many of the ranches and farms of west Marin County if concerned citizens hadn’t banded together to protect Marin’s 150-year old farming heritage. Approximately 40 […]
  • The Conservancy at 40 Years: Fort Bragg
    How many stretches of the California Coastal Trail feature a dynamite shack?  Fort Bragg may have the only one in California! The innocuous looking concrete structure stands on the edge of the bluff in Noyo Headlands Park, the home of the city’s newly opened four mile Kah Kahleh trail, part of the Coastal Trail.  The […]
  • The Conservancy at 40 Years: The Eel River
    Wild and untamed, the Eel River is California’s third largest river system. Once the fourth largest producer of salmon on the Pacific Coast, its salmon runs once exceeded one million fish per year. From headwaters to the sea, the Coastal Conservancy and its partners have worked hard to restore fisheries, protect working lands and enhance […]
  • Five Year Commemoration of The Cedars Acquisition in Sonoma County
    The Cedars supports some of the most unique and extremely unusual botanical, geological and aquatic resources on the planet. Peridotite mantle rock that normally rests 3 to 70 miles below the earth’s surface  and serpentine soils  make this ultra-basic environment home to at least eight endemic plant species. In 2011, the Conservancy partnered with the […]
  • Using Simplified Permits to Accelerate Your Restoration Project
    The Coastal Conservancy hosted a webinar with Sustainable Conservation on March 28, 2016, to provide information on using programmatic permits and authorizations for voluntary restoration and water quality projects to accelerate this environmentally beneficial work. Use of these “simplified” permits can help project proponents and agencies save time and money so greater resources can be […]
  • Coastal Conservancy Moves Forward with Ecosystem Funding
    January, 2016 Ten projects to protect and restore coastal habitats and coastal watersheds up and down the State of California will be recommended to the board of the State Coastal Conservancy as part of the first round of funding from the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1). These projects, detailed […]
  • Leadership Conversation on Green Infrastructure
    Join us Friday, January 22 for a one-day leadership conversation on multiple-benefit green infrastructure. This event is going to highlight innovative projects in Los Angeles County and identify opportunities to integrate urban greening efforts and scale implementation. This discussion will convene national green infrastructure experts, state legislators, local policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders to consider […]
  • South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Study Recommended to Congress
    On Friday December 18, the U.S. Army Corps Chief of Engineers signed a report recommending Congress authorize the first phase of the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project for construction. The Santa Clara Valley Water District and State Coastal Conservancy have been working in partnership with the Army Corps for more than 10 years on […]
  • Initial 100 Year CoSMoS Results Released!
    We are pleased to announce that the initial 100 year storm results from the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) are now available for download for the Los Angeles region. The Coastal Conservancy funded this project to provide the most complete information on the likely impacts of storms, combined with other factors such as tides, […]
  • S.F. Baylands Report Urges Working With Nature
    In a recently released report, over 200 scientists and government officials propose a new approach to manage the challenge of sea level rise in San Francisco Bay: Work with nature, rather than against it, to protect homes, businesses, and shoreline communities from sea level rise, extreme storms, and flooding.
  • Flooding and Wetlands: What is the Connection?
    Extreme storm events and sea level rise will have significant impacts on the California Coast and San Francisco Bay Area.  Check out The Water at Bay, an excellent new mini-documentary about flood risk and wetlands restoration in San Francisco Bay, produced by Our Bay on the Brink.  Wetlands and other natural habitats can serve as a […]
  • San Diego Bay Native Oyster Conceptual Restoration Plan
    In May 2015 the Conservancy and its partners completed a conceptual plan to restore native oyster habitat, and create a living shoreline, in San Diego Bay. The Conservancy worked with the San Diego Unified Port District, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, California State University Fullerton and the Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association to […]
  • Coastal Conservancy Awards 11 Climate Ready Project Grants
    On June 25, 2015, the Coastal Conservancy awarded almost $2 million for 11 competitively selected projects to help California adapt to climate change. The funding came from the third grant round of the Climate Ready program, designed to help California’s coastal and San Francisco Bay Area communities prepare for rising seas, extreme storms, drought, and […]
  • 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 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.
  • 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 […]
  • Online Wheelchair Rider’s Guide Now Covers All of California’s Coast
    A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the California Coast ( 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.
  • Strategic Plan Update
    The Coastal Conservancy has updated 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 Strategic Plan update is available here.
  • 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: or mailed to: The Coastal Conservancy 1330 Broadway #1300 Oakland, CA 94612. The deadline for comments […]
  • 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 […]
  • Safeguard our Coast Day
    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 […]
  • Garrapata State Beach Coastal Trail, Big Sur
      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.  
  • Hamilton Wetlands Restored!
    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. 
  • The Island that Came in from the Cold
    For years, Skaggs Island was a tantalizing blank in the map of San Pablo Bay wetlands restoration. Two-thirds of it was owned by the US Navy, which had operated a top- secret listening post there; the rest was privately-owned farmland, where the Haire family grew oat hay. Converting any of the 4,400 acres back to […]
  • The World is Her Oyster: 7th Grade science fair winner inspired by the Conservancy!
    Chloe Jenniches, a student at A.P. Giannini Middle School, won first place in the San Francisco Citywide Science Fair’s seventh grade biological science category with her project “The World is Your Oyster.”  Her project hypothesized that a group of native Olympia oysters would affect the biological and chemical contents of the water around them.  In […]
  • Help Save California Sea Otters at Tax Time
    Donate to the California Sea Otter Fund on Tax Form 540 California’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 […]
  • Request for Qualifications-ADA Evaluation and Transition Plan
    Request for Service-Accessibility The  State  Coastal  Conservancy  (Conservancy)  is  seeking  the  services  of  a  landscape architectural or architectural consultant or consulting team (“consultant”) with a specialization in federal and state accessibility laws and associated design parameters. 
  • Coastal Conservancy Adopts Strategic Plan
    At its December 6, 2012 meeting, the Coastal Conservancy adopted a new strategic plan to guide the agency for 2013 through 2018. The Strategic Plan provides an overview of our past accomplishments and a delineation of coastal issues by region, and identifies specific goals and objectives the Conservancy will seek to achieve over the next five years. Climate […]
  • Request for Qualifications and Contractor Questionnaire
    REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS [February 2015] The California State Coastal Conservancy (“Conservancy”) anticipates a need for environmental, engineering, architectural, landscape architectural, and construction project management consulting services for Conservancy projects and programs over the next twelve months. The Conservancy seeks Statements of Qualifications from individuals and firms providing these services.
  • Thank You Ocean Podcast: San Clemente Dam Removal Project
    Since 1921, the Carmel River and its wildlife resources have been impacted by San Clemente Dam. As a result, the Carmel River suffers accelerated erosion, the once vibrant steelhead run has dramatically decreased, and lives and property below the dam are threatened with potential collapse of the dam — which has been deemed unsafe by […]
  • The San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide
    Your Passport to the San Francisco Bay Trail The San Francisco Bay Trail Project is announcing the release of the second edition of the popular San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide.  Published by UC Press and funded by the State Coastal Conservancy, the Guide is comprehensive, compact, user-friendly, and studded with full-color maps and illustrations that […]
  • San Luis Obispo County CCT Master Plan Completed
    The vision for the California Coastal Trail (“CCT”) is a continuous public right-of-way along the California coastline- a trail designed to foster appreciation and stewardship of the scenic and natural resources of the coast through hiking, biking, and in some areas horseback riding. The recently completed San Luis Obispo County CCT Master Plan covers the […]
  • Living Shorelines Construction in San Francisco Bay Has Started!
    The San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines: Near-shore Linkages (Living Shorelines) Project is a multi-objective habitat restoration pilot project. It is managed by the State Coastal Conservancy in collaboration with biological and physical scientists at San Francisco State University, University of California at Davis, U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center, and consultants from ENVIRON Corporation, […]
  • Celebrating Fifteen Years: The San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy Program
    The State Coastal Conservancy is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy Program.  A new report highlights many of our accomplishments. As outlined in the report, the Conservancy’s work in the Bay Area is focused on protecting the greenbelt; restoring wetlands, creeks and rivers; completing our regional trails – namely the Bay Trail, […]
  • Climate Change Guidance Documents Updated
    Section IV: Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise has been added to the Conservancy’s Climate Change Guidance documents. Comments may be directed to the following email address:
  • Trio of Habitat Goals Completed for 9 County Bay Area
    Together with the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Project and the Uplands Habitat Goals Project, the completion of the San Francisco Bay Subtidal Goals Project represents a milestone in regional habitat planning for San Francisco Bay and its watersheds. We now have a comprehensive and innovative ecosystem-based management vision for a continuum of habitat types from […]
  • Coast & Ocean Archive now online
    All the back issues of California Coast & Ocean (1985-2009), a quarterly magazine dedicated to coverage of trends and events affecting California’s coast, are now available for download.
  • A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the California Coast
    For information about accessible parks, trails, historical sites, and other points of interest, visit: The website contains descriptions of more than 65 wheelchair-accessible sites in southern and central California. Northern California sites will be added periodically through 2011.