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EDITOR'S NOTES

The stakes are high in this year's midterm elections: control of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House. For Democrats to reclaim power in the House, they must pick up some seats in California, home to 39 Democratic-held seats and 14 Republican-held ones. The party considers 10 districts here to be battlegrounds. It can't win the House without winning at least a few of them. On the other hand, Republicans could recruit strong and experienced candidates who might fare  better against a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls, many of whom are seeking office for the first time.

 Taking multiple factors into account, 
The Los Angeles Times has ranked the hottest races and it will be updating its rankings throughout the year. Subscribe to the Times Essential Politics newsletter t o keep track of House races in California leading up to the midterm election.

Plastic Pollution Coalition Releases PSA On Micro-Plastic in Oceans

The Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) has released a new short PSA Unseen: The impact of micro-plastics on our ocean and ourselves. The PSA can be viewed on Faceboook.

San Diego Food System Alliance Receives CalRecycle Grant to Reduce Food Waste in San Diego

The San Diego Food System Alliance was awarded a $500k grant from the state's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) yesterday (1/23/18) for the FY16-17 Cycle 1 Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program. This grant will support the Smart Kitchens San Diego project, in partnership with Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and LeanPath, Inc. to provide tools and technical assistance for selected large food production facilities to effectively reduce food waste and donate edible food. San Diego Food System Alliance is a regional collaborative with a mission to develop and maintain an equitable, healthy and sustainable food system in San Diego County. The full announcement is online.

EPA Awards $10.7M to American Samoa for Environmental Protection

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Region 9 has awarded $2.3 million to the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) to strengthen its capacity to protect human health and the environment, while the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) has been awarded $8.4 million for water infrastructure projects. The AS-EPA uses EPA funding to support air, water, and land inspections, monitor the safety of beaches and drinking water, clean up contaminated sites, inspect fuel storage tanks, improve piggery compliance, protect coral reefs, and respond to emergencies. The EPA's Pacific Southwest Region (Region 9) administers and enforces federal environmental laws in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands and 148 tribal nations. More information about EPA's grant and the projects it will fund is available  online.

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

OPC Seeks Comments On Ocean Litter Prevention Strategy

 
The state's Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is seeking input regarding its Revised Draft of the California Ocean Litter Prevention Strategy: Addressing Marine Debris from Source to Sea (Strategy) through February 23rd. The Strategy includes a section on OPC priorities to address ocean litter, as well as stakeholder-devised Goals, Objectives, and Action Items to address ocean litter in California. The Strategy has been revised significantly based on input received during the first public comment period (September to October 2017), and the second Workshop that took place in November 2017. The final Strategy will be circulated early- to mid-April 2018. More information on the Ocean Litter Strategy Update process is available online.

 

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.
 

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  lmu.edu/cri .
 

Employment Opportunities

Sr. Geotechnical Engineer
ATC Group Services LLC, Indianapolis, Indiana

ATC provides integrated environmental consulting and engineering services from more than 100 locations nationwide.
ATC is hiring a Senior Geotechnical Engineer to manage traditional geotechnical engineering investigation projects (including highway projects) and to perform complex geotechnical engineering analyses and development of appropriate solutions. Click here for more information.

Application Developer
ATC Group Services LLC, Lafayette, Louisiana

 
ATC is also hiring a mid-senior level Application Developer, whose role will be to build, modify and support various applications within the ATC environment. They are looking for a candidate with 3-5 years of experience in the field.  
Click  here  for more details.

Branch Manager
ATC Group Services LLC, Anchorage, Alaska


ATC is also looking for a Branch Manager to work at their Anchorage office. The branch manager will be responsible for recruiting employees, hiring and training employees, overseeing clients' requests,  and implementing a formal safety program. The complete job description is posted here.

Events

EarthFair 2018

April 22, 2018


We have started to hear about events for National Earth Day 2018 (Sunday, April 22nd). The 29th annual EarthFair in Balboa Park will take place this year on National Earth Day with the theme "We're All In This Together." Online registration is now open for Children's Earth Day Parade, EarthFair Volunteers, EarthFair exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors. Please send us an announcement about your organization's Earth Day event for publication.


Certified Stormwater Inspector Municipal  Training 

March 12-13, 2018 (San Jose, CA)
March 15-16, 2018 (Fairfield, CA)

The National Stormwater Center is offering Certified Stormwater Inspector (municipal) training at two locations in March. By completing this training, municipal personnel will become officially qualified to inspect construction, commercial, industrial, and municipal activities. The training is designed specifically for MS4 personnel and will focus on stormwater permit compliance.
For more information on pricing and registration, click here .


Certified Stormwater Inspector Construction Training

March 14, 2018 (San Jose, CA)

The National Stormwater Center is offering Certified Stormwater Inspector (Construction) Training in March. Completion of this one day training will certify stormwater construction inspectors who work in industry and government. The training will cover inspector duties, responsibilities, and authority.

For more information on pricing and registration, please click here.



Flood Management Modeling Tools and Applications Workshop

February 27-March 1, 2018 (McClellan, CA)
9:00 am-4:30 pm

This three-day technical workshop is hosted by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in cooperation with the California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum (CWEMF) and David Ford Consulting Engineers, Inc. Please click here for more details and to reserve your seat.

EPA - Small Systems Funding Webinar

February 27, 2018
2:00 - 3:00 pm

The EPA's Office of Research and Development and Office of Water is hosting a free webinar this month. During the webinar, the EPA will present Funding via Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will present Financing Water and Waste Infrastructure for Small Communities. This webinar is part of EPA’s Monthly Small Systems Webinar Series. Click here to register.


 
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

 
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