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Executive Order on "Promoting Energy Infrastructure and Economic Growth" Could Result in Environmental Laws and Regulations Implemented Under the Obama Administration
On March 28 th  and April 10 th , President Trump issued executive orders  which aim to promote private investment in energy generating projects by streamlining EPA permit processes, removing critical provisions of the Clean Water Act, rescinding dozens of environment-related EOs issued during the Obama administration and expanding the federal government's power of eminent domain by weakening the power of local governments to exercise this right. In addition, local governments would lose the right to regulate new energy-related projects. The EOs have several dates by which the EPA, Interior Department and other agencies must issue reports that will assist the Trump administration in carrying out the EOs. Opponents of the EOs have said they will litigate the EOs if implemented. The March 28 EO may be read here. The April 10 EO may be read  here.

UPDATE: Legislation Seeks to Reduce Plastic Pollution and Marine Debris

In last week's edition of   The CalCoast ™ WAVE we discussed two bills that call for a reduction of plastic pollution and marine debris. SB 54 (Allen) and its companion bill in the Assembly, AB 1080 (Gonzalez), would establish the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, which would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board and the Ocean Protection Council, to adopt regulations to source reduce and recycle at least 75% of single-use packaging and products sold or distributed in California by 2030, and requires CalRecycle to develop a scoping plan to achieve those requirements. 

To watch a video created in support of AB 1080, click here. For bill text, committee staff reports, status and other information about these bills, click here and enter the bill number in the "Quick Bill Search" window.

SB 54 is currently parked in the Senate Approproations CommitteeAB 1080 is currently parked in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.To move a bill out of an Appropriations Committee, it needs strong support from a variety of organizations. Many of our readers have contacted us to find out how they can register their support for these bills. You can post comments in support of SB 54 and AB 1080 here. We are tracking these bills and we will keep everyone advised of their progress. 

Highlights From The Articles & Content Below:

  • Bass, Wilson Seeking Coastal Commission Seat in Round 2
  • State to pay $1 million for Briggs' legal fees in Coastal Commission lawsuit
  • Upgrading California's Water Grid for Future Needs
  • Best places to see CA wildflowers in SLO, LA, Joshua Tree
  • Crab Fishing Season Ends Early In California To Protect Whales And Sea Turtles
  • Central Coast gas prices could soon surpass $4 per gallon, analyst says
  • Solana Beach electorate faces vote over proposed residential senior-care development

Proposed EPA program would give $50-million boost to children's health

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a new $50-million grant program, the Healthy Schools Grant Program, to expand the Trump Administration's efforts to protect children where they learn and play. The announcement is part of President Trump's proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget and supports EPA's ongoing commitment to evaluate and address risks to children's health. The Healthy Schools Grant Program is a comprehensive environmental health grant program with the goal of identifying and addressing environmental health risks in and around schools that contribute to increased absenteeism and reduced academic performance. The program would provide a total of $50 million for schools to identify, prevent, reduce and resolve environmental hazards including: reducing childhood lead exposure; reducing asthma triggers; promoting integrated pest management; and reducing or eliminating childhood exposure to one or more toxic chemicals in schools. To learn more about what EPA is doing to promote healthy schools, click here . To learn about all of EPA's Children's Health programs, click here .
Coastal Conservancy Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation

The Conservancy announces a new Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation , applications are due April 30, 2019. Conservancy Proposition 1 grants fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. Priority project types include: water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration and urban greening. The solicitation document and application materials are posted here .

CDFW Awards $13.2 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration and Forest Legacy Projects

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 41 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds, as well as forest legacy restoration.

The grants are distributed through CDFW's Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP). They include $994,421 allocated for timber legacy restoration projects and approximately $12.2 million for anadromous salmonid restoration projects. FRGP monies come from a combination of state sources and the federal Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund.The 41 approved projects will further the objectives of state and federal fisheries recovery plans, including removing barriers to fish migration, restoring riparian habitat, monitoring of listed populations and creating a more resilient and sustainably managed water resources system that can better withstand drought conditions. The list of approved projects is available on the  FRGP website .

Coastal Commission News
Policy & Political News

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

EPA requires Hawaii property owner to close illegal cesspool serving heavy-duty truck yard

HONOLULU - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) for failing to close a large-capacity cesspool (LCC) in Campbell Industrial Park Kapolei, Oahu. Detroit Diesel will pay a $129,000 fine and the cesspool was replaced with an individual wastewater treatment system in January. Detroit Diesel owns the property where Freightliner of Hawaii operates a heavy-duty truck dealership and truck service center. EPA inspectors found a large-capacity cesspool serving the bathrooms on the property. DDC is the fifth facility in the Campbell Industrial Park area where EPA has identified illegal LCCs over the past two years. Large capacity cesspools were banned under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act in 2005.   "Protecting Hawaii's marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, means improved wastewater management," said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker.

"Working with the Hawaii Dept. of Health, EPA will continue to inspect and drive closure of illegal cesspools." 

Cesspools are used more widely in Hawaii than in any other state, even though 95 percent of all drinking water in Hawaii comes from groundwater sources. In the 13 years since the federal LCC ban took effect, more than 3,400 large-capacity cesspools have been closed statewide, many through voluntary compliance. Cesspools collect and discharge untreated raw sewage into the ground, where disease-causing pathogens and harmful chemicals can contaminate groundwater, streams and the ocean.
The settlement is subject to a 30-day comment period. For more information and to submit comments visit epa.gov . For more information on large-capacity cesspools and the 2005 ban, click here.

California Adopts Complex Rules Governing Filling Waters and Wetlands

The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted regulations imposing stringent new requirements for permits to discharge dredged or fill material into waters and wetlands, which it newly defines. In the face of opposition grounded on the lack of demonstrated need for such new rules (see Newsletter of February 21, 2019), the costs and delays the new rules would impose, and questions whether the new requirements would yield any better results than the already complex existing ones, the proposal of new rules had largely stalled for over a decade. Fears from some that the Trump administration will roll back federal regulation of wetlands, long the mainstay of wetland protection, refreshed efforts to develop new state rules and culminated in the Board's adoption of the new regulations on April 2, 2019.   More information here.

U.S. EPA Honors 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partners of the Year in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Pacific Southwest Region and the U.S. Department of Energy are honoring 21 ENERGY STAR partners for their outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. These enterprises have earned ENERGY STAR Awards for demonstrating national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions. They are among the 183 ENERGY STAR Award Winners nationwide that will be honored in Washington, D.C., on April 11.  For more than 25 years, EPA's ENERGY STAR program has been America's resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and associated reductions of over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save $30 billion in energy costs.

FOLAR 30th Annual LA River Cleanup: April 13, 20, 27 2019. Register Now!

During Earth Month, join the milestone 30th Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) CleanUp by signing up now!  Over the last three decades, this CleanUp has played a significant role in shifting the perception of the LA River and its role in politics, urban planning, homelessness and a community asset.  And last year, over 6,000 volunteers--individuals and groups from all ages and backgrounds--demonstrated their passion for the LA River by joining in. The 2019 FoLAR CleanUp will be held at 11 sites along the River, on April 13 (Upper), 20 (Middle) and 27 (Lower) from 9:00 AM to 12:00 pm with multiple locations on each date. Volunteers will receive a FoLAR reusable tote bag and t-shirt. To register for the CleanUp and get more information, visit http://folar.org/cleanup.

NACW 2019

Los Angeles, CA
April 24-26

North American Carbon World (NACW) features comprehensive and up-to-date information, key thought-leaders advancing innovative climate solutions, and the best networking opportunities with colleagues in the business, government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. Register by Thursday, February 28 to take advantage of the early bird rates.  For more information and to register, click here.

CSEF Conference

If you're focused on local economic development through community based infrastructure and interested in understanding new approaches and capital options available to owners, including alternative delivery procurement, public-private partnerships, and opportunity zone funding options, you will want to attend this May. Join more than 650 government and industry leaders, project owners, CVB officials, economic development agencies, developers, and AEC professionals for the Convention, Sports, & Entertainment Facilities Conference (CSEF).
Taking place May 16-17 in San Diego , CSEF is the premier project delivery and networking conference for local governments and the development industry focused on convention centers, conference centers, headquarters hotel, stadium/arena, and entertainment district venues.

The USGBC-LA's  Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo

April 18, 2019

MGBCE is the longest-running and largest gathering of leading sustainability and green building advocates within both the public and private sectors in Southern California. With over 600 annual attendees, this conference and trade show provides cutting-edge thought leadership, education, and networking opportunities to inform local government agencies, building industry professionals, and the general public about the principles, practices, and products associated with green building. Sign up here to attend - join your colleagues and meet new ones from 88 cities across LA County, while taking away usable case studies and thought-provoking discussions.

ASBPA 2019 National Coastal Conference CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Due May 4, 2019

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), in cooperation with the Coastal Zone Foundation, announces the Call for Abstracts for its 2019 National Coastal Conference,October 22-25 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. ASBPA is the nation's first organization to promote science-based policies for the preservation of coastal areas. The theme of the 2019 conference, "Where Coasts & Rivers Meet" continues to broaden our focus across the entire physical coastal and estuarine system. The National Coastal Conference provides an opportunity for coastal stakeholders and managers to develop collaborative networks to promote best management practices, while learning the latest science, engineering and policy needed to maintain and improve the health of our beachfront and estuarine shorelines and ecosystems. Technical, policy-oriented, and coastal floodplain resource and flood risk management presentations or posters are invited for a broad range of coastal & estuarine ecology, science, engineering, economics, and policy.
Presentations may be PowerPoint or poster format. Abstracts (up to 500 words) are due by May 4, 2019. Submit abstracts via the online form at www.asbpa.org .  Presenters are responsible for all of their expenses including travel, lodging, and registration fees. Notification of presentation status will occur by June 24, 2019. Additional information can be found at www.asbpa.org .

Sustaining Benefits from Marine Protected Areas in a Changing Ocean: Findings and Recommendations from the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee
The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC) conducted an extensive investigation that identified significant and far-reaching benefits to U.S. ecosystems, economies, communities and cultures resulting from the creation and long-term implementation of the nation's MPAs. Generally, the MPA FAC has found that our nation's MPAs: 1) support healthy, productive, and resilient ecosystems; 2) support coastal communities; and 3) connect America's people to their ocean heritage. Click here for the committee's executive summary and click here for the committee's findings and reccomendations.
Employment Opportunities
I Love A Clean San Diego
Career Opportunities

I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is in the business of change. The organization works to improve the health and beauty of San Diego. If you're looking for a dynamic, impact-driven organization that values passion and professionalism, ILACSD wants to meet you! Currently there is 1 position open: Philanthropy Manager, Corporate Relations. For job descriptions and details for applying, please click here.

Politico Seeks a California Consumer Reporter Politico HQ

This position would encompass consumer privacy, weed rules and the nationally influential regulations emanating from the Department of Consumer Affairs. POLITICO is looking for a versatile reporter to cover the policy and politics of consumer regulation in California, including data privacy, marijuana and other hot-button issues, as part of their new POLITICO California Pro bureau in Sacramento. Job posting here .
CWSRF/DWSRF IUP Workshop Sacramento, CA and via Webcast
April 30, 2019 |  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The State Water Board's Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) will be conducting a public workshop and webinar to discuss the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Intended Use Plans (IUPs).
This is an opportunity to hear about the changes to the CWSRF and DWSRF Programs in this year's IUPs and ask questions about the proposed changes. The workshop will also provide the status of the Programs, the proposed schedule for the State Water Board's consideration and approval of the IUPs, and the Division's implementation plans.   To view the webcast, please click here. For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Elisabeth Brown at (916) 341-5375 or Elisabeth.Brown@waterboards.ca.gov or Elnaz Nasaei at (916) 319-9283 or Elnaz.Nasaei@waterboards.ca.gov .

State Water Resources Control Board Workshop: Access to Sanitation for People Experiencing Homelessness
Sacramento, CA
April 19, 2019 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The State Water Board will be holding a public workshop on Access to Sanitation for People Experiencing Homelessness on Friday, April 19, 2019. The workshop will include expert panels on data collection and metrics, public health challenges, innovative approaches by cities and NGOs, funding pathways, and roles for the Water Boards. The workshop is an opportunity for interested persons to provide input to the State Water Board. While a quorum of the State Water Board may be present, this will be an informational workshop only, and the State Water Board will take no formal action. To attend in-person or to webcast, please register here. Click here for notice and agenda.

Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference (ELEMCON) Denver, Colorado
May 13-15, 2019

At ELEMCON, participants will discover the most current energy programs and initiatives in manufacturing, refining, transportation, warehousing, healthcare, hospitality, retailing, education, and other industries. Participants will leave the conference with an arsenal of tools and best practices to help increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and minimize impact on the environment.  ELEMCON is currently seeking Speaker & Session proposals for their 2019 conference. Read the call for proposals here and submit by October 31. Use code YALE for 20% off registration. Register now .

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Steven Aceti, JD
Executive Director,  
California Coastal Coalition

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