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90-day Application Period Begins for Statewide Flood Emergency Response Grant, Round 3

The Department of Water Resources has released the  Final Flood Emergency Response Projects - Statewide Grant Round 3 Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package  (PDF) and is accepting applications. The 90-day application period closes  January 29, 2018 , and applications are due no later than  5:00 PM on January 29, 2018


Probably the most important legislation passed during the last session is SB 5 , which was signed into law by the governor. The law enacts the "California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018" (catchy title), which, if approved by voters next June, would authorize the issuance of bonds in an amount of $4,000,000,000 to finance drought relief and water, parks, climate change, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all programs. State agencies are currently working on a Budget Change Proposal (BCP) to identify how they would spend these funds. For coastal communities, there will be significant funding for coastal resilience and coastal adaptation projects. Stay tuned. [Sources: State Government and Legislative Staff]. 

The Division of Boating and Waterways in State Parks (DBW) manages the Public Beach Restoration Fund (CalCoast's AB 64-1999) (PBRF), which is funded annually through the state budget process because the PBRF doesn't have a legally-specified revenue source. To date, the PBRF has been funded through the Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund. The total amount authorized varies from one year to the next based on need and available resources, but the good news is that DBW's current projects and programs are fully-funded. If voters approve the new environmental bond measure, the proposed bond funding may fund the PBRF, among other programs. Specific to the San Diego area, DBW's programs are providing funding for the state/federal beach restoration projects mentioned below. [Sources: DBW and Legislative Staff]
UPDATE ON USACE BEACH PROJECTS (San Diego and Orange Counties)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is working on several beach restoration projects in San Diego County (Encinitas and Solana Beach) and Orange County. The Encinitas/Solana Beach project is awaiting Design Phase funding. The Record of Decision was signed last June and the project was authorized in The 2016 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). If the USACE receives FY18 funding, it will negotiate a Project Management Plan (PMP), execute a Design Agreement and initiate the Project Engineering and Design (PED) phase. In Oceanside, the USACE is working with the city to revise the Project Management Plan to reformulate a feasibility study though the USACE's Specific Measurable Attainable Risk Informed Timely (SMART) planning process. More information about the SMART process is available here.  In San Clemente,  environmental monitoring efforts will begin shortly and the project's Design Phase will commence upon receipt of additional FY18 funds. [Sources: USACE and City Staff]

Coastal Commission News
Policy & Political News
Drought, Water & Wetlands News
Beach & Coastal News
Local Government News
Climate Change & Environmental News

$20 off for the 20th anniversary of the Whale Tail License Plate

The WHALE TAIL® License Plate gives drivers a way to help protect and restore the priceless California coast and ocean. Funds raised by the WHALE TAIL® Plate support many conservation efforts, including the annual Coastal Cleanup Day and other beach cleanups, bringing tens of thousands of volunteers to clean our beaches and waterways. The plate also supports the WHALE TAIL® Grants program, which funds education and stewardship at the local level, beach access,
restoration of fish and wildlife habitat, and the preservation of natural areas throughout the state.

The cost is $50 for a standard numbered plate and $103 for a plate with a personalized message. The majority of this cost and the entire annual renewal fee ($40 for a standard numbered plate and $78 for a personalized plate) is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

You can order WHALE TAIL® Plates  online on the DMV website or  download a form to order by mail.  

To receive a $20 rebate:
  1. Buy your plate online
  2. Take screenshot of your purchase confirmation page
  3. Go here to upload your screenshot and get a $20 rebate 

Notice of Postponement of the

Public Meeting and Consideration of Adoption - Bacteria Provisions

This message serves as a courtesy Notice of Postponement of the Public Meeting and Consideration of Adoption on the proposed Part 3 of the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries of California-Bacteria Provisions and a Water Quality Standards Variance Policy and the Proposed Final Amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan for Ocean Waters of California-Bacteria Provisions and a Water Quality Standards Variance Policy (hereafter Bacteria Provisions) scheduled for December 5, 2017.
A formal Revised Notice of Public Meeting and Consideration of Adoption of the Bacteria Provisions will be posted and released as soon as an alternative date is finalized.

The Delta Conservancy Invites You to Help Enhance the Delta as an Evolving Place by Discussing Delta Signage Plans

As part of implementing recommendations in the Council's Delta Plan for protecting and enhancing the Delta as an evolving place, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy and the Delta Protection Commission are working to improve navigation and awareness of the Delta by determining where Delta signs should go and what they should look like.

Visit CA Delta, a collaboration of Delta residents, businesses, and state agencies, will
hold community meetings to discuss signage needs, their locations and designs as part
of a new Delta Sign Plan.
Click  here for more information about the plan and upcoming meetings.

Abstract Submission Deadline EXTENDED for Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands

The abstract submission deadline for the 12th International Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands (BioGeo 2018), to  be held  April 23-26, 2018 in Coral Springs, Florida, has been extended to midnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Sunday, December 3.

BioGeo 2018 features talks and poster presentations selected from contributed abstract submissions, as well as sessions organized by our  Scientific Program Committee.  Topics of focus are listed on the Topics Page but do not feel limited to these areas. We seek to capture all emerging issues and new ideas related to your expertise.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Abstracts must be submitted via the online submission form linked on the symposium web site. Emailed files will not be considered for presentation. For detailed abstract preparation and submission instructions, visit the  Call for Abstracts section of the web site. 

Coastal Research Institute Launches
Today as a Partnership Between The
Bay Foundation and Loyola Marymount University

 (CRI) was recently launched at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), formed by The Bay Foundation and LMU's Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. The new entity plans to engage LMU faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in hands-on approaches to research related to coastal resource management in Los Angeles. Environmental issues facing coastal Los Angeles, and many regions around the world, include water quality and supply, coastal flooding, the protection and restoration of wildlife and ecosystems, coastal access, public health, fisheries, and education. Conducting applied work is expected to provide experience and the skills needed by LMU students to be ready to work for a global community. The institute will offer applied research studies, student internships and an annual proceedings titled  Urban Coast . Please visit .

The California Air Resources Board has released the Proposed Final 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update

The California Air Resources Board(CARB or Board) announces the release of the proposed final version of the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan. The 2017 Scoping Plan describes the actions the State will take to achieve the SB 32 climate goal of reducing GHGs at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

The 2017 Scoping Plan will be presented to the Board on December 14, 2017, for consideration for approval.

Employment Opportunities

Hydrodynamic Modeller - Biological particle transport project
National University of Ireland

An investigation into transport of biological particles from salmon cages into the main water body in the Killary Harbour fjord is being undertaken. As part of this study a detail 3D
baroclinic/barotropic model of the fjord is to be developed and validated using on site
measurements. The project will entail integrating a biological particle fate model (developed by others) into an EFDC hydrodynamic and transport model.The validated model  will then be used to undertake scenario modelling of transport of sea lice throughout the harbour. Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway 

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail to Professor Mike Hartnett:  Please put reference number NUIG-165-17 in subject line of e- mail application. 

30 month full-time modelling position, Bangor University (UK)

The School of Ocean Sciences (Bangor University, UK) invites applications for a full-time, 30 month research position in hydrodynamic modelling contributing to the INTERREG funded project ECOSTRUCTURE. The post will involve setting up and running 3D models, and simulating the dispersal of marine organisms. Further details about the post can be found here.

The application deadline is 12th January 2018.

Open-Rank Faculty Position in Coastal Hazards at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech ( invites applications to join the Department of Geosciences as a
tenure-track Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in the area of coastal hazards. The ideal candidate will apply field, analytical, experimental, or theoretical approaches to establish a better understanding of coastal hazards and their impacts. Successful candidates will establish a vibrant research program that is recognized for scientific excellence, attract extramural funding
from multiple funding agencies, provide effective instruction, teach and advise a diverse
population of undergraduate and graduate students, and grow professional leadership.
Applicants must submit their application materials online.
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.  
Steven Aceti, JD
Executive Director,  
California Coastal Coalition

3110 Hataca Road | Carlsbad, CA 92009