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Editors Notes

Update on Federal President's FY 19 Budget

Last week, we reported on proposals in the President's FY19 budget that would result in major cuts to NOAA and EPA, among other agencies working on environmental programs, projects and studies. We have since learned that the FY19 budget specifically calls for the complete elimination of coastal zone management (CZM) funding to the states. The funding, which comes through NOAA, supports state agencies that work to protect and restore the Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast, West Coast, and the Great Lakes. In California, this funding is important to the work of the Coastal Commission, the BCDC, and the State Coastal Conservancy.  We are helping the Coastal States Organization (CSO) to encourage organizations to add their respective signatures and logos to the CSO's "friends letter," which will be sent to Congress in support of CZM funding in the FY19 budget. In addition to the  letter  there is an easy form for signing on and a copy of last year's letter. Feel free to forward this message to others. We will keep everyone informed as to how the President's FY19 budget proposal affects funding to agencies involved in coastal programs, projects, and studies. In the meantime, please let us know if you have additional information on this subject.

California Beach Restoration and Erosion Control Programs
California's coast, one of the state's most valuable resources, is a naturally eroding shoreline. When shoreline erosion threatens to damage valuable public infrastructure, or there is not enough beach width to accommodate the recreational needs of the local population and the state's many visitors, beach erosion control and beach restoration projects at carefully selected places can slow the coastal erosion and act as the first line of defense against sea level rise. Much of the natural sand that should replenish the state's beaches has been prevented from reaching the coastline by urban development and flood control projects, especially in southern California. In 1999, CalCoast co-sponsored legislation with the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association (AB 64), which created the California Public Beach Restoration Program (Beach Program) to address the state's beach erosion problems. The Beach Program, which is managed by the California Parks and Recreation Department's Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW), provides Local Assistance Funding for beach restoration and erosion control studies and projects through competitive grants and the state budget process. In addition, DBW financing comes from the Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund. In most cases, DBW funds are supplemented by local and federal funding. Much of DBW's work is informed and coordinated by a unique state/federal collaboration known as the California Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup, or CSMW.

  For more information about the DBW and the Beach Program, as well as studies DBW has conducted or commissioned, click here.

"Blackfish" Continues to Haunt SeaWorld
SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby is leaving the park operator as the business is still struggling to shift the attendance slide. Manby came on board three years ago, when the amusement park was facing lingering image problems with the release of "Blackfish" - the 2013 documentary that brought the park's animal welfare issues to the public eye. According to CNBC, SeaWorld's attendance for 2017 dropped to 20.8 million, down 5.5% year-over-year, and revenues fell to $1.26 billion, a 6% drop from the prior year. Current Chief Parks Operations Officer John Reilly has been nominated interim CEO.
Study: Ride-hailing Adds to City Traffic
Ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft are adding to city traffic despite promising to do just the opposite, the AP reports, citing a number of recent studies. In a late 2017 study in Boston, nearly 60% of 944 ride-hailing users said if the apps weren't available they would have used public transportation, walked or biked (often not an option in Southern California) . Meanwhile in San Francisco, a study in mid-2017 found that ride-hailing drivers make more than 170,000 trips, 12 times as many as taxis (maybe because ride share trips are significantly less expensive than cab rides).


USACE RFP for Beneficial Use of Dredge Material Pilot Program 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is requesting proposals pursuant to Section 1122 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Proposals will be reviewed to develop a pilot program to recommend ten projects for the beneficial use of dredged material. Proposed projects are described in this Federal Registrar notice: click here for  supplementary information.

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

DHI Water & Environment, Inc. Expands Local Presence with Opening of New Ecology and Environment Department

DHI Water & Environment, Inc is a Danish not-for-profit research and consultancy firm regionally headquartered in Denver, CO.  DHI has expanded to now include an Ecology and Environment Department (EED). The EED will allow DHI to offer a more comprehensive array of ecological and environmental services to their client base in North and South America.  DHI hopes the EED will improve upon professional knowledge-based environmental assessment and management initiatives. Full Press Release.

Surfrider and TropicSport Sunscreen & Skin Care join forces to protect healthy skin and marine life

The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit with the goal to protect and enjoy the ocean and beaches, and TropicSport, a reef-friendly sunscreen and skincare company, are partnering together. A portion of TropicSport proceeds will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation.  Click here to read the press release.   

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

The new  Coastal Research Institute  (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 .
Employment Opportunities

Business Development Lead 
Evari GIS Consulting, Inc 
San Diego, CA

The Business Development Lead (BD Lead) will be responsible for all work leading up to the signing of contracts, including both recurring revenue from existing clients and acquiring new customers. The BD Lead is responsible for responding to opportunities as a prime and subcontractor as well as traditional, internet and social media marketing efforts.  A successful candidate will have knowledge of the GIS industry and be team-oriented.

Please submit a 1- or 2-page cover letter to explaining your interest in the position. Please also include a 1-page resume for consideration. This position is open until filled. This Job posting is available here.

Supervisory General Engineer
Dpt of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Ann Arbor, MI

As a Supervisory General Engineer, you will implement an innovative engineering program focused on collecting, producing, and delivering environmental data for near real-time observations to support the environmental science, and research and decision making by resource managers. In addition you will oversee ship operations including supervision for all crew members.  More details on the job's requirements are detailed here.


Coastal Conditions - Strategies for the Present and Future Conference

April 17-19, 2018
Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay, California

Registration is now open for the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association conference. Come learn from invited speakers, participate in pop-up and poster sessions, and provide input for CSBPA action. Click here for conference details.

The 17th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (MGBCE)

April 19, 2018    8am-4pm
SoCalGas Energy Resource Center - 9240 Firestone Blvd. Downey, CA

The MGBCE will provide training, education and outreach to inform local government agencies, building industry professionals, and the general public about green building. Keynote speakers at the conference will address transportation and countywide sustainability. Register now. 

25th Armourstone Users Group Meeting 

May 9 2018
 Aberdeen, UK

This annual meeting facilitates the exchange of news and views about the use of armourstone for coastal defenses and breakwaters in the UK and around the world. Delegates will receive useful technical updates, along with plenty of time for discussion and networking. In addition the Young Professionals Award is an opportunity for young engineering professionals/other professionals with less than 10 years post-graduate experience to submit short written papers describing some aspect of an armourstone project with which they have been involved.  Successful candidates will then be asked to present their papers at the meeting where the winner will be decided. The deadline for submission of papers is 4 April 2018, please email  For more info & registration click here.

10th International Workshop on Modeling the Ocean (IWMO2018)

June 25-28 2018
 Santos, Brazil

The IWMO focuses on all aspects of ocean and coupled air-wave-sea, ice and current-sediment modeling: processes, analysis and prediction. The earth system is inter-connected on a broad range of temporal and spatial scales, so the workshop welcomes coastal, regional and basin-scale studies, as well as interdisciplinary topics.
The IWMO 2018 website is now open for  registration and abstract submissions.

12 th International Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands

April 23-26, 2018
Coral Springs, Florida

This international symposium provides a framework for scientists to share technical information on various topics related to coupled biogeochemical cycling of macro-elements and associated organic and inorganic contaminants. The goal is to improve our understanding of the role wetlands perform in regulating and mitigating impacts of global climate change and sea level rise.  Here is a link to the program  agenda and details on registration

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Steven Aceti, JD
Executive Director,  
California Coastal Coalition

3110 Hataca Road | Carlsbad, CA 92009