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CALCOAST Restoring California's Coast and Watersheds
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Issue: 010617 January 6, 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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IS CONGRESS ALREADY ROLLING BACK ENVIRONMENTAL REGS?
 
The 115th Congress was just sworn in last Tuesday, but the House has already approved two major anti-regulatory bills and is set to introduce a similar bill next week. The author of the bills is House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who was behind the failed attempt to gut the Congressional Ethics Office earlier this week. The Regulatory Accountability Act, along with the two bills that have already passed, is being seen as some as a pro-industry effort to destroy, under the guise of "reform," the federal government's system of setting environmental and other standards because the measure would effectively rewrite historic environmental laws, including the Toxic Substances Control Act, that Congress updated last year on a bipartisan basis, so that pollutants and toxins would no longer be regulated solely on the basis of the problems they cause to human health. We will keep everyone posted on the status of this legislation and similar bills as things develop.
 
CONGRESSIONAL HELP NEEDED SO BEACH COMMUNITIES CAN BUY SAND FROM FORIEGN COUNTRIES
 
When the California Coastal Coalition was formed in 1998, our members' primary goal was to repair the damage that the '96/'97 El Nino did to coastal beaches, particularly in Southern California. The problem? There was no state fund to pay for such projects and/or to leverage federal funds for same. We were fortunate, with co-sponsor, CSBPA, to pass the California Public Beach Restoration Act (AB 64,1999), which created state funding for beach restoration projects. In the beach restoration world, California was well behind states on the East Coast, especially Florida, so it's informative to monitor what's happening in the Sunshine State. There is currently an effort in South Florida to lessen the cost of beach restoration projects by using sand from the Bahamas, but the region will need help from the federal government to do a pilot project with foreign sand because current law prohibits the use of foreign sediment and, reportedly, trucking and dredging lobbies are opposed to lifting the ban, even though studies show that using foreign sand is the most cost-effective way to renourish South Florida's beaches. The comparison? $50 per cubic yard versus roughly half that amount. Folks are calling on Sens. Nelson and Rubio to lead the fight on this and we'll keep everyone posted on this issue.       
 
Grants
CHEJ Grants Available for Groups Focused on Community Health & Environment

This grant program will support projects that help groups move toward their goals by building leadership, increasing capacity and/or providing training and education.  A priority of CHEJ's Small Grants Program is to help grassroots community groups to build their capacity.  The program is designed to especially reach people from low wealth communities and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harms.

The grant application is different for different sized organizations. Click here for details. Proposals are due February 1, 2017 and the project must be completed and a final report submitted by November 1, 2017.
Coastal Commission News  Commission  
Policy & Political News  StateLeg





Uber disagreed with CA law pushed by its head of self-driving car  


Drought, Water & Wetlands News Water_Wetlands  
 

Obama administration aids giant California water
Beach & Coastal News Coastal  
 
 
Local Government News Local_Gov_News
Climate Change & Environmental News ClimateChange
Announcements Announcements
State Water Board Delivers Report on Using Recycled Water for Drinking Water

A report released by the State Water Resources Control Board concludes that it is feasible to develop and adopt regulations for using recycled water as drinking water, provided that certain research and key knowledge gaps are addressed. The final report lays the groundwork for creating regulations for a new and reliable source of potable water. But the adoption of regulations related to the direct potable reuse of recycled water will not take place until the knowledge gaps are addressed and additional research is conducted related to specific public health issues. For more information about the report and its recommendations, see the webpage on direct potable reuse.
 
EPA Gives $3.8M to Help 19 Communities Plan New Uses for Former Brownfield Sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected 19 communities for approximately $3.8 million in funding to assist with planning for cleanup and reuse of Brownfield sites as part of the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (AWP) program. Each recipient will receive up to $200,000 to engage their community and conduct planning activities for brownfield site reuse. Read the entire press release here.

EPA Proposes New Regulations Today for Public
Disclosure of Pollution from Natural Gas Industry

In response to a petition by nineteen environmental and
open-government groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released proposed regulations that will require natural gas processing plants to start publicly reporting the toxic chemicals they release. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register this morning, and can be found here. Read the entire press release here.
Events Events
DRAFT Program
ASBPA Coastal Summit 2017
"A New Commitment to Our Coast"
Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m. - Thursday, March 2, noon
Online registration open at www.asbpa.org

 
Employment Opportunities Jobs
For more information about positions listed here and positions listed in previous editions of the WAVE, visit CalCoast's Employment webpage.


California Sea Grant  is seeking a resourceful, innovative scientist with a background in marine or estuarine aquaculture (freshwater expertise considered). The Aquaculture Specialist will provide research-based information and leadership in topical areas related to aquaculture husbandry, nutrition, genetics, diseases, systems design, or policy. Application Deadline: January 6, 2017. Read the full job description here
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Steven Aceti, JD
Principal
Strategic Advocacy Partners

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