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The California Coastal Coalition (CalCoast)  is a non-profit advocacy group comprised of 35 coastal cities; five counties; SANDAG, BEACON and SCAG; private sector partners and NGOs, committed to protecting and restoring California's coastline through beach sand restoration, increasing the flow of natural sediment to the coast, wetlands recovery, improved water quality, watershed management and the reduction of marine debris and plastic pollution.

CalCoast has sponsored or supported legislation, budget requests and bond measures (Propositions 12, 13, 40, 50 and 84) that have raised billions of dollars in state and federal funding for beaches, wetlands, clean water and parks. In 1999, we sponsored the California Public Beach Restoration Act (AB 64-Ducheny), which created the state’s first fund for beach nourishment projects.
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Editor's Notes - July 25, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 07/25/14

California’s drought and ways to deal with it continue to dominate the news articles posted below. The governor’s call for a voluntary 20% reduction in water use is not being heeded. Water use in most regions is up over last year, especially in the state’s southern region.
 

Last week the State Water Resources Control Board approved watering restrictions, effective August 1st, that could result in civil fines of up to $500 per day. The restrictions apply to homeowners, businesses, and public agencies. Enforcement will come from people calling local water agencies to report violations.
 

The drought doesn’t show any signs of improving - in fact many experts predict that it is getting worse. For its part, the San Diego County Water Authority has joined other water agencies across the state in approving mandatory water restrictions. Many reservoirs and other sources of potable water are at all-time lows and attention has turned to rapidly diminishing levels of groundwater. Ironically, California is the only western state that doesn’t manage groundwater but SB 1168, authored by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), could change that by empowering local agencies to develop groundwater management plans.
 


Expect to see more action by state, regional and local agencies as California continues to experience historically high temperatures and low water supplies. In the meantime, check out state and local rebate programs for water efficient toilets, washing machines, and irrigation systems, as well as turf replacement projects.

 

Highlights (or lowlights) from the articles and other information posted below:

 

  • Can water districts raise taxes without a public vote?
  • Drought putting salmon at risk in Klamath Basin
  • Major reservoirs are below 50% capacity.
  • State has little say over oil train safety
  • Do California’s environmental policies weaken its business climate?
  • Island of debris found off California Coast
  • Hefty fines for people who block beach access
     
TGIF!

Editor's Notes - July 18, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 07/18/14

Coastal Stakeholders: Please join the California Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup co-chaired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and California National Resources Agency for the California Coastal Sediment Master Plan, Outreach and Plan Formulation Stakeholder Meeting 2.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) office (8th Floor Board Room) located at 401 B Street in San Diego, California. 

The overall purpose of the meeting is to obtain input from coastal stakeholders regarding how best to pull together existing regional sediment management plans into a state-wide sediment master plan.  Please note that lunch will not be provided so plan accordingly. Please RSVP to David Cannon at david.cannon@everestconsultants.com by Friday, July 25. More information about the California Coastal Sediment Master Plan is available online

Editor's Notes - July 11, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 07/11/14

PowerPoint presentations given at this year's Headwaters to Ocean (H2O) Conference have been added to the conference website and may be reviewed here.

   

The H2O website contains PowerPoint presentations dating back to 2003. We wish to thank all the presenters who participated in this year's conference, as well as our sponsors, exhibitors, and registrants.

Coastal Stakeholders: Please join the California Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup co-chaired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and California National Resources Agency for the California Coastal Sediment Master Plan, Outreach and Plan Formulation Stakeholder Meeting 2.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) office (8th Floor Board Room) located at 401 B Street in San Diego, California. 

The overall purpose of the meeting is to obtain input from coastal stakeholders regarding how best to pull together existing regional sediment management plans into a state-wide sediment master plan.  Please note that lunch will not be provided so plan accordingly. Please RSVP to David Cannon at david.cannon@everestconsultants.com by Friday, July 25. More information about the California Coastal Sediment Master Plan is available online.

Editor's Notes - June 27, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 06/27/14

Water. The Midwest has too much of it while California is in the midst of a historic drought. Now that the state budget is behind them, lawmakers and the governor have been focusing on the drought, water bond proposals, and the other water-related issues. One of several bills introduced to replace the $11 billion water bond currently on the November ballot was rejected by the Senate this week. The governor favors a $6 million water bond, voicing concerns about the cost of the current bond. The water bond debate includes the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel proposal which is now in the courts on two fronts. Sen. Feinstein has been working on legislation that could provide drought relief for California, but northern Dems, concerned that a companion bill in the House could weaken environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, complained earlier this week that Senate negotiations with the House aren’t transparent enough. In the meantime, local water agencies are taking a serious look at water reuse, derisively referred to during wetter times as “toilet-to-tap.” All of these issues are covered in more detail below as well as the following:

 

·         Californians unhappy with the Legislature;

·         Senator wants governor to rethink bullet train;

·         State budget includes provisions of AB 976 (Atkins), giving Coastal Commission authority to impose fines;

·         Port of Long Beach expected to approve new director;

·         Lawsuits over seawall regulations in Solana Beach;

·         Report says San Francisco at risk from sea-level rise;

Editor's Notes - June 20, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 06/20/14

As summer approaches, California’s drought continues to dominate the news. Studies show that despite the governor’s request that Californians reduce water consumption by 20% studies show that conservation efforts are significantly missing the mark as the state faces record temperatures this summer. The past year was the driest on record and one-third of the state is now in the most extreme drought category. The drought has adversely affected agriculture and fisheries, as well as lake and reservoir tourism. Help may be on the way. Congress is working on a drought relief bill, although neither the Senate nor House versions specifically mention any projects in California, and this fall voters may have a chance to vote on a water bond that includes funding for dams, reservoirs, groundwater storage, and recycling.

 

Highlights (or lowlights) from the articles and information below:

 

·         Governor Brown will sign the $156 billion state budget this morning in San Diego.

·         Rep. McCarthy becomes House Majority Leader, giving California more clout in Congress.

·         Opponents of statewide plastic ban bill say it would benefit grocers.

·         Pelosi supports funding for high speed rail.

·         Delta tunnel proposals remain controversial.

·         Long Beach mayor-elect will be required to step down from the Coastal Commission.

·         President Obama proposes creation of world’s largest ocean sanctuary.

-     San Francisco and San Diego consider raising minimum wage.