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CALCOAST Restoring California's Coast and Watersheds
Issue: 051217 May 12, 2017

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You have received this e-newsletter from the California Coastal Coalition (CalCoast™), a non-profit advocacy group comprised of 35 coastal cities; five counties; SANDAG, BEACON and SCAG; private sector partners and NGO's, committed to protecting and restoring California's coastline through beach sand restoration, increasing the flow of natural sediment, wetlands recovery, improved water quality, watershed management and the reduction of marine debris and plastic pollution. When possible, we try to post articles that are not protected by pay walls.  

Editor's Notes
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Ocean Pollution Reduction Act (SB 705)
Marine debris is a growing problem for California's $43 billion ocean-dependent sector of the economy.  Polystyrene, commonly known as "Styrofoam," is especially problematic because it breaks apart into light, non-degradable and buoyant pieces that are transported by wind and rain into the marine environment. The state Ocean Protection Council estimates that the current cost of cleaning up marine debris annually may exceed $1 billion.  Local governments are hard hit by these costs. Ninety-nine jurisdictions in California have enacted a patchwork of local restrictions on polystyrene. SB 705 (Allen) would phase out takeout food packaging that cannot be composted in the communities where it is distributed. There are several concerns with the bill, including lack of state oversight for a statewide ban, lack of enforcement capabilities and the possibility of confusion in its interpretation. The bill has passed Senate EQ and will be heard in Senate Appropriations on May 15. Read the bill text and staff analysis. We will keep everyone advised of the bill's progress. 
Climate Ready Technical Assistance Grant Announcement
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 change on California's coastal communities and natural resources. The announcement and FAQs are posted on the Conservancy's website.
Coastal Commission News  Commission  
Policy & Political News  StateLeg
Sea Grant, which sustains more than 20,000 marine jobs, faces uncertain future

Six California National Monuments At Risk Under Trump Executive Order

Jerry Brown releases revised California budget plan

After a bumpy tax report and unsettled politics, all eyes turn to Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget

Op-Ed: Jerry Brown has been both wily and lucky on state budget

'Housing crisis' tops California's legislative agenda this year

Travel spending in California hit a record $126.3 billion in 2016
Drought, Water & Wetlands News Water_Wetlands  
Beach & Coastal News Coastal  
Audio: 'Re-wilding' a Santa Monica beach to protect against sea level rise

Rare birds find Southern California beach housing

Southern California beaches get bacteria warnings after rain

15 sharks spotted by OC Sheriff's helicopter near beachgoers prompts warning from the sky: 'Exit the water in a calm manner'

Shark Attacks On The Rise Along The California Coast

Video: Western snowy plovers, endangered beach birds, make a comeback

Applications of geosynthetic membranes in soil stabilization and coastal defence structures

Oceanside harbor dredging hits the skids

Central Coast residents love California coast the most, survey says

Mavericks big wave contest plans to auction business assets amid bankruptcy proceedings

Plastic Pollution at Four Coastal California Hotspots Violates Clean Water Act

California Supreme Court deliberates on seawall case

Leopard sharks dying by the hundreds in San Francisco Bay
Local Government News Local_Gov_News
Climate Change & Environmental News ClimateChange
Announcements Announcements
Headwaters to Ocean (H2O) Conference

Remember to register for the H2O Conference at UCI's Beckman Center, May 23- 24, with an evening kickoff reception on May 22 at the Muth Interpretive Center. 

National Water Quality Monitoring Council Releases 14th Edition of E-Newsletter

TheNational Water Quality Monitoring Council (or "Council")has released the 14thedition of its online newsletter, National Water Monitoring News, which is available here.  

Santa Monica Beach Goes 'Wild' to Protect Beaches, Address Coastal Risks

The Bay Foundation
held a ribbon-cutting this week for the Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project. This project, in partnership with the City of Santa Monica, and approved by State Parks, is transforming an approximately three-acre section of existing sandy beach into a healthy, beautiful coastal ecosystem, to address coastal hazard risks while protecting and enhancing coastal resources, such as public beach access and recreation, natural shoreline habitat, and aesthetic values.  Seeded in December, the steady rain over the winter produced thousands of sprouting seedlings, the beginnings of hummocks and regular visits from wildlife (including the western snowy plover!); all of which are starting to make this part of the highly visited Santa Monica State Beach a "wild beach," a natural habitat this part of California hasn't seen in decades. The project site attracted the first western snowy plover nest on LA County Beaches in 70 years, however it disappeared during intense winds. Other nests are surfacing - more info HEREPlease CLICK HERE to learn more about the beach project.
Events Events
Fred Keeley Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
On May 18, The Bay Institute will honor Fred Keeley with its Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's 25th Annual Award Ceremony. Keeley is a former Speaker of the Assembly, representing the Monterey Bay Area. More information about the award and the ceremony is available here.

California Water Quality Monitoring Council - May 23 Meeting Notice

The next meeting of the Monitoring Council will be on Tuesday, May 23 in Sacramento from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Please note the new location, 801 K Street, 21st Floor Hearing Room.  More information about this meeting, as well as documents and an agenda are available here. Meetings of the Monitoring Council are open to the public. Actions of the Monitoring Council are advisory to the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency.

Citizen Science & Watershed Stewardship Webinar Series
Join the California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network, along with Holly Rindge from USC Sea Grant, for the presentation "Urban Tides Community Science Initiative Captures the Future of our Urban Ocean" on Thursday May 25, 2017 from 11:30 AM -12:30 PM (PST). This is the next presentation in the Citizen Science & Watershed Stewardship Webinar Series. More information is available here.

Stormwater BMPs Workshop
May 23-24, 2017
This 2-day seminar distills the latest research on the long-term effectiveness of stormwater quality BMPs and discusses the various types of BMPs as well as manufactured systems that are effective for different situations.  Participants learn about the pollutant removal efficiencies of various BMPs, how to select and analyze BMPs for specific pollutant removal, and long-term maintenance requirements for various BMPs.  Additionally, attendees learn to navigate the International BMP database and become familiar with current and upcoming new programs. Click Here for more information.

World Oceans Day 2017
World Oceans Day is June 8th.  The government of Canada proposed the concept of a World Oceans Day at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and the United Nations officially recognized June 8 as World Oceans Day in 2008. Today, groups and organizations around the world host a variety of ways to participate in this global effort to raise awareness about the importance of our oceans. Check out World Ocean Day's website to see what you can do and get involved.
Employment Opportunities Jobs
For more information about positions listed here and positions listed in previous editions of the WAVE, visit CalCoast's Employment

Naval Postgraduate School Seeks Research Assistant/Associate
The Oceanography Department of the Naval Postgraduate School invites applications for a research assistant/associate position with experience in nearshore and inner shelf processes, field experimentation, oceanographic instrumentation, data analysis, and scientific writing. Applicants must show a history of work in these or closely aligned areas. The official position title is defined as "Faculty Associate - Research." The Oceanography Department is part of the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. A letter of application including CV, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation should be sent by June 1, 2017 to: Dr. Jamie MacMahan, Department of Oceanography, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943, 831-656-2379, Save
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