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Happy Valentines Day! 

The CalCoast team wishes everyone a Happy Valentine's Day! It's not just a "Hallmark Holiday." The day first became associated with romance within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver's heart. However you celebrate it, Valentine's Day is a great time to show the one you love how much you appreciate that person being in your life. Enjoy!

Highlights From The Articles & Content Below:


  • Santa Barbara judge rejects deal restricting public access to beach
  • The Daily 202: Four in five Americans want Mueller's report made public in its entirety. That may not happen.
  • FEMA administrator William 'Brock' Long, who faced questions about his use of his government vehicle, is resigning
  • GOP leader presses Trump to agree to border deal
  • Opinion: The Democrats' Identity Meltdown
  • Governor Gavin Newsom downsizes California Delta tunnels project
  • Bureau of Reclamation Releases Biological Assessment for the Central Valley Project and State Water Project
  • In push to expand drilling, Trump administration clears way for seismic blasting off Florida coast
  • Experts seek long-term solutions to North Shore's chronic erosion problem
  • This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City
  • As ice melts, Greenland could become big sand exporter: study




Public Comment Period Opens for Regional Flood Management Assistance Program Funding Guidelines

DWR is releasing the draft Regional Flood Management Assistance Program (RFMAP) Guidelines (PDF) for a 45-day public comment period. The proposed guidelines outline the new RFMAP's structure and process for applying for State funding for the six regional flood management groups.  RFMAP funds can be used by local public agencies to pursue projects that focus on improved regional governance and Levee Maintaining Agency consolidation in support of DWR's Flood Maintenance Assistance Program. When appropriate, the funds can be used to implement programs, studies, and activities described in the Regional Flood Management Plans that are consistent with the 2017 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Update. The 45-day comment period closes at 5 p.m. on March 4, 2019. Comments can be submitted to Christopher.Williams@water.ca.gov. Electronic files should be MS Word compatible or PDFs.  Hard copies may also be sent via U.S postal mail:
California Department of Water Resources
Division of Flood Management
Attn: Christopher Williams, Program Manager
P.O. Box 219000
Sacramento, CA  95821-9000

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.

Interior Disburses $44.8 Million in FY
2018 Energy Revenues to California

Revenues going back to the state will fund critical educational and infrastructure improvements, land and water conservation projects. The Interior Department recently announced that its Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), disbursed $44.891 million in Fiscal Year 2018 energy revenues to California. This represents an increase of $8.649 million from the previous year's total. The funds are derived from energy produced on federal and Indian lands, as well as U.S. offshore areas.

Interior Department Announces Second Consecutive Year of Growth in Energy Revenues as FY 2018 Disbursements Climb to $8.93 Billion

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $8.93 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 from energy production on federal and American Indian lands and offshore areas. That figure represents an increase of $1.82 billion over the previous year. Often the second-highest generator of federal income following taxes, energy revenue disbursements are a critical source of funding to states, American Indian Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners, as well as to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Reclamation Fund, Historic Preservation Fund and the U.S. Treasury. A complete list of states receiving revenues and FY 2018 disbursement data will be available here .

Coastal Commission News
Policy & Political News

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

Rescheduled: State Revolving Fund (SRF) American Iron and Steel (AIS) Requirements Refresher Webinar: Focus on States and Borrowers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a refresher webinar for State SRF program staff and SRF assistance recipients to discuss the details of the AIS requirements, including implementation of the requirement, project coverage, the waiver request process, and the national waivers. Potential and current borrowers are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the webinar.  This webinar has been rescheduled for: Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 from 2:00-3:30pm EDT. Register here - Please register in advance using the link provided. You will need to register again, if you were registered for the previous date.

Rescheduled: SRF American Iron and Steel (AIS) Requirements Refresher Webinar: Focus on Manufacturers, Suppliers, and Contractors

The EPA is also hosting a refresher webinar for manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors to discuss your role in EPA's AIS requirements, including certification letters, the waiver process, and the national waivers. All domestic iron and steel product manufacturers and suppliers, as well as, contractors, engineers, and construction managers of SRF funded projects are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the webinar. This webinar is now scheduled for:
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 from 2:00-3:30pm EDT. Register here - Please register in advance using the link provided. You will need to register again, if you were registered for the previous date.

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 .

Port Hueneme Sand Replenishment Project Update

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started a sand replenishment project late last year. The project requires that the city's promenade be closed to the public until March 2019. This project is essential to maintaining the city's beach. If you have any questions please contact City of Port Hueneme Public Works.

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.

Wheeler North Reef Expansion Project Draft Subsequent EIR is available for public comment

The California State Lands Commission, as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, has completed a Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Construction and Management of an Artificial Reef in the Pacific Ocean near San Clemente, California: Wheeler North Reef Expansion Project.  Please click here for the Project Description, location, information about how to submit comments, and for the public hearing information.

Howard Marlow & Dan Ginolfi Introduce the Waterlog Podcast
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Howard Marlow and Dan Ginolfi to the show from Washington D.C. to introduce ASPN's newest show, the Waterlog Podcast. Howard and Dan are experts in the realm of Federal coastal policy and help local governments from across the American shoreline understand and successfully navigate this complicated and confusing - yet critically important - universe. Subjects discussed: expectations for the lame duck period; the NFIP extension; what's on the WRDA radar; the 2019 Corps work plan and process; and, what we can expect to be covered in future episodes of the Waterlog Podcast. Click here for the podcast.

Employment Opportunities

Project Support Analyst
The Coastal Conservancy

The Coastal Conservancy is hiring a Project Support Analyst to help with protecting and restoring the coast, and increasing public access to it. The Coastal Conservancy is a small state agency based in Oakland but they work along the whole of the California coast. This role is a great opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of conservation project management and grant administration and to get experience with a huge variety of project types. The position is located in Oakland, CA. For more information, click here.

Chief Audience Officer (CAO)

CALmatters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public-interest news organization that provides insightful and thought-provoking journalism about the major issues facing Californians, including education, environment, economy, health and human welfare. The CAO will be a key member of our leadership team, report to the Publisher, and will drive audience growth, acquisition, insights, and brand awareness. You will play a critical role in developing innovative, actionable and efficient digital audience development campaigns that build awareness, drive traffic and membership. CALmatters is looking for someone to help find, attract and cultivate relationships with every Californian who cares about the future of our state. Are you up to the challenge? For more information, 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 .
Move LA's 10th Annual Transportation Conversation
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, March 1, 8:30-3 p.m.

Transit ridership in LA County is declining even as we're building more transit. Some say many of Metro's low-income riders bought cars. Others say much of Metro's ridership base just left town, unable to afford increasingly high rents. How can we reverse this declining ridership trend? Move LA will be talking with the experts! Register here now!

2019 NASC Annual Conference Atlanta, Georgia
March 13-15, 2019

NASACT serves as the premier organization working to bring together state auditors, state comptrollers and state treasurers to cooperatively address government financial management issues. NASACT also manages two secretariats - the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) and the National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC). Both NSAA and NASC are included under the umbrella of NASACT's budget and utilize staff hired by NASACT. For more information on the 2019 NASC Annual Conference, click here.

P3C Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo 2019
Dallas, TX
March 4-6, 2019

The 7th annual Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo returns to Dallas with over 1,250 senior representatives from governments, higher education institutions, and leading firms in the global construction and financial markets. The conference attracts professionals from all corners of the industry and provides a valuable opportunity to facilitate new partnerships with industry peers and public sector partners. Attendees will discover new alternative project delivery methods, strategies for implementing successful P3 projects, the nuts and bolts of how deals work, and how to manage risks associated with legal and financial frameworks. Attendees will participate in interactive panels, workshops, and conversations specifically tailored to the needs of public agencies evaluating P3s. Click
here for more info and updates. Register by January 25th to save $150.

      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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