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CALCOAST Restoring California's Coast and Watersheds
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Issue: 040717 April 7, 2017



California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.






 
 





 

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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Coastal Commission News  Commission  
Policy & Political News  StateLeg
Op-Ed: Plastic waste has gotten out of hand. Ban plastic foam take-out boxes

Lawmakers aim to move California's presidential primary right behind Iowa and New Hampshire

Gas tax vote prompts recall campaign against Southern California Democrat

State lawmakers have spent a lot of time on professional sports stadiums - and they have little to show for it

California legislative leaders resist open-government law

Why are California legislators getting decent approval ratings? They're getting things done

Nearly $1 billion in side deals by Gov. Brown and Democratic leaders cemented the legislative vote to raise the gas tax

First lawsuit filed to block Trump border wall that would start in San Diego

Trump border walls to be built in Otay Mesa

Is Trump Embracing Offshore Wind? Democrats See Opportunity in California

U.S. Army Corps Issues 2017 Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits

Democrats See Opportunity in California

Democrats moving senior staffers to Orange County in an effort to flip Republican House seats

Rift opens between the Brown administration and legislators over new marijuana laws in California

California tells Uber it's sloppy about ditching drunken drivers

State Supreme Court to review law eliminating pension benefit

California attorney general requests documents on EPA chief  
Drought, Water & Wetlands News Water_Wetlands  
 
San Diego's $3 Billion Water Recycling Plan Takes Another Step Forward

'Citizen scientists' needed for Sudden Oak Death research

Officials Looking for More Guidance on 'Rinse-Off' Showers at State Beaches

With more snow ahead, Northern Sierra on pace to set record

See California reservoirs fill up in these before-and-after images

River that supplies most of San Diego County's water is most endangered in U.S., report says

California farmers get full water supply, first time in years

Jerry Brown's administration blocks public review of Oroville Dam records

Permanent water conservation rules coming to San Diego, rest of state

Gov. Brown declares California drought emergency is over

Water releases to resume at damaged California dam spillway

California's water chief says he may release Oroville Dam documents after trying to keep them secret

Why celebrate the latest rainstorm? Because Northern California has set a new record ave
Beach & Coastal News Coastal  
Local Government News Local_Gov_News
Climate Change & Environmental News ClimateChange
Announcements Announcements
USGBC-LA Chapter Wins LA County Green Leadership Award
 
The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) has received the Los Angeles County Green Leadership Award for a nonprofit agency for its 2016 campaign "Road to Greenbuild". The campaign was prepared over months to showcase sustainable built environments and initiatives across LA County to over 18,000 people attending an international green building conference here over 72 hours.

ARB White Paper on the Health Benefits of Physical Activity is Now Available


Air Resources Board (ARB) staff have posted a white paper on the health benefits of physical activity and air pollution
exposure while walking and bicycling for transportation. The white paper, titled "Physical Activity: Health Benefits, the Role of the Built Environment and Impacts of Air Pollution," summarizes the published literature on the health benefits of physical activity, and specifically looks at the research evaluating the health benefits of walking and
bicycling for transportation. Additionally, research results from studies analyzing the combined health effects of increased physical activity and air pollution exposure are discussed.

EPA Awards $300,000 to East Bay Small Business

EPA has awarded $300,000 to Industrial Microbes, Inc., located in Emeryville, Calif., for its innovative work aimed at making chemical manufacturing more efficient and less polluting. The company is one of nine small businesses nationwide receiving a total of nearly $2.7 million to develop and commercialize new environmental technologies.Industrial Microbes received the funding to develop a microbe that, by consuming carbon dioxide and methane, produces a chemical used to make synthetic fibers and biodegradable plastics. EPA's Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) funds small businesses developing green technologies that protect the environment. Information about the EPA SBIR Phase II awards is available here.

"Sea to Shining Sea" - The National Marine Sanctuary System's Newsletter
 
From the western Pacific waters of American Samoa, east to the Atlantic Ocean, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries manages a national network of special places, encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of U.S. ocean and Great Lakes waters. The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries publishes a national newsletter in electronic format and distributed via email to keep our colleagues and collaborators informed about the many activities and accomplishments that take place within our 13 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments. 

EPA Honors CA ENERGY STAR® Partners of the Year for Energy Efficiency Achievements

EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy are honoring businesses and organizations for their commitment to saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.The 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awardees from California are:KB Home, Delta Products Corporation, HCP, Inc., CalPortland Company, CBRE Group, Inc., Kilroy Realty Corporation, Maximum Energy Professionals, Energy Upgrade California, HP, Inc. Read more about each award winner's achievements here. Save
Events Events
NWQMC Webinar Series: Intro to Environmental DNA (eDNA)
 
All living things have DNA, and we are constantly leaving traces of ourselves everywhere we go. Environmental DNA analysis exploits this to inform us of what organisms have occupied or moved through an area, simply by analyzing water samples, soil samples, air filters, or scat. Scientists have used eDNA to deduce predator-prey relationships, detect the presence of invasive or endangered species, estimate population sizes, and many other things previously difficult or impossible to achieve. This presentation will give an overview of eDNA by defining what it is, its history, how we analyze it, and where future research is taking us. More information about this webinar and how to register is available here.

West Coast Regional Planning Body Webinar
 
The West Coast Regional Planning Body is pleased to announce a public webinar on April 28 to share an update on its latest efforts and answer questions from stakeholders. Topics to be discussed will include the latest regional work of the group, development of sub-regional dialogs, plans for future stakeholder engagement, and links to data and science, among others. The webinar is free and open to the public. Click here to register.

Navigating the American Carbon World 2017
 
NACW 2017, presented by Climate Action Reserve, will mark the 15th consecutive year the event has brought together actors from the environmental, business, government and academic sectors to discuss carbon issues and climate policy. Because of its longstanding reputation for discussing the most pressing topics and quality networking, it has earned the distinction as the largest event for carbon and climate policy in North America and the best event for networking. April 19-21, San Francisco, California.

Open Space Conference 2017
 
The 2017 Open Space Conference 
will be held on Thursday, May 18 at the Craneway Pavilion situated on the San Francisco Bay in Richmond. This year's conference - "Eyes on the Horizon, Boots on the Trail" - is about looking ahead towards a larger vision for land conservation, and examining how our daily on-the-ground work moves that vision forward. We're making it as easy as possible for you to get there on May 18. That means Early Bird tickets through April 10 and scholarships and it means BART shuttles to the Craneway and carpools. Email sarah@openspacecouncil.org for more information. 
 
Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC) Call for Sessions
                                                                            
The 6IMDC conference organizers have opened the call for technical sessions and are accepting proposals through June 2. The conference will be held in San Diego next March 12-16. Sessions should consider the following themes: engaging the global community, implementing effective laws and regulations, private sector inclusion and investment, improving cross-sectoral partnerships and collaboration, research on micro plastics and microfibers in marine environments, and best practices in information sharing. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities, important dates, or sign up to receive conference updates here or email info@6IMDC.org . 
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Employment Opportunities Jobs
For more information about positions listed here and positions listed in previous editions of the WAVE, visit CalCoast's Employment
webpage. 

Two PhD positions in Ocean Engineering at Florida Atlantic University
 
Florida Atlantic University is seeking highly qualified applicants for two PhD positions in its department of Ocean & Mechanical Engineering. One position will be in the general area of fluid-structure interaction in the marine environment with particular focus on the fatigue of marine structures. The second position will focus on wave modelling and investigation of physical phenomena at the ocean-atmosphere boundary. Research projects will involve development and use of computational tools as well as some laboratory experiments.

Two Post-Doctoral Positions in Coastal Hydrodynamics

Two post-doctoral positions in the framework of HYD2M (Measurements and Modelling of the hydrodynamic processes in Alderney Race are available: one dealing with HF radar measurements in Brest at FEM/LOPS
and one dealing with in-situ measurements in Cherburg at LUSAC/IRSN.

Post-Doctoral Position on Parametric Shape Optimization in Hydraulics

The Saint-Venant Hydraulics Laboratory seeks to fill an 18 month post-doctoral position in the field of parametric shape optimization for hydraulic and environmental problems. The aim of this post-doctoral position is to develop an efficient numerical tool based on the TELEMAC system able to deliver optimal shape design for hydraulic engineering applications. Successful applicants should, by the start of the appointment, have a Ph.D., or equivalent experience in Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Computer Sciences or Mechanical/Civil Engineering. Experience of high performance numerical computing and/or programming are highly desirable. Applicants should send to Drs. Riadh Ata (riadh.ata@edf.fr) and Cedric Goeury (cedric.goeury@edf.fr) a CV and a cover letter. All applications completed by May 15th 2017 will receive full consideration, but candidates are urged to submit all required material as soon as possible.

PhD Positions on Eco-Morphodynamics and Storm Surge Forecasting

The University of Florida (UF), Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering (ESSIE) is recruiting two PhD students. Anyone with interests in coastal, estuarine, riverine hydrodynamics and/or ecomorphodynamics is encouraged to apply. One of the two positions will mainly focus on improving storm surge forecasts, and a good experience with numerical models (in particular Delft3D), with data assimilation tools (e.g. OpenDA) and/or with operational forecasting and warning system (such as FEWS) is highly desirable. The other position will mainly focus on numerical modeling of ecomorphodynamics, and a good experience with running a morphodynamic model such as Delft3D is highly desirable. Applicants should send their CV to alberto.canestrelli@dicea.unipd.it, specifying if they are applying for the storm surge forecasting position, for the ecomorphodynamic position, or both. 

Permanent Research Scientist Position in Sediment Fluxes and Seabed Evolution
 
For more information about this position, please click here or email us at Fabrice.Lecornu@ifremer.fr. All applications are processed exclusively online.
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