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Ocean Protection Council


Administrating Agency: Resources Agency
Bond: Proposition 84
Department Name: State Coastal Conservancy
Bond Statute: 75060(g)
Implementing Statute: Public Resources Code §31000 et. seq., and 35500 et. seq.

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The Coastal Conservancy will administer funds for the Ocean Protection Council, for projects that carry out the purposes of the California Ocean Protection Act PRC 35500 et. seq.) and are consistent with the Conservancy’s authorities under Division 21 (PRC 31000 et. seq.).

As required by PRC section 75060 (g), the funds are to be allocated to the Ocean Protection Trust Fund, and shall include the following priorities:

  • Development of scientific data needed to adaptively manage the state’s marine resources and reserves, including the development of marine habitat maps, the development and implementation of projects to foster sustainable fisheries using loans and grants
  • Development and implementation of projects to conserve marine wildlife

Additionally, the California Ocean Protection Act (the Act) authorizes the use of the trust fund for a range of purposes including:

The Act also authorizes the use of the Trust Fund, when authorized by the OPC, as grants or loans to public agencies, nonprofit corporations, or private entities, or as direct expenditures for activities that accomplish one or more of the following:
A) eliminate or reduce threats to coastal or ocean ecosystems, habitats, and species,
B) Foster sustainable fisheries,
C) Improve coastal water quality,
D) Allow for increased public access to, and enjoyment of, ocean and coastal resources,
E) Improve management, conservation, and protection of coastal waters and ocean ecosystems,
F) Provide monitoring and scientific data needed to protect and conserve ocean resources,
G) Protect, conserve, and restore coastal waters and ocean ecosystems, and
H) Address coastal water contamination from biological pathogens.

In evaluating projects to be recommended to the OPC for funding, staff will refer to the OPC’s five-year strategic plan, `A Vision for Our Ocean and Coast` adopted in June of 2006 and the Ocean Protection Council Funding Guidelines adopted in November 2006. For projects dealing with scientific research or public education, staff will refer to the Information and Outreach Strategy, adopted by the Council in September 2005.

The OPC funding guidelines recapitulate the objectives found in the Act and the strategic plan, and also requires that to be given high priority by the OPC, a project must:
A) Directly relate to the ocean, coast, associated estuaries, or coastal-draining watersheds, and must address one or more of priorities established in the Act and the strategic plan,
B) Have public support, and
C) Be of greater-than-local interest.
The guidelines also give extra consideration to projects that:
A) Help resolve more than one issue,
B) Include matching resources,
C) Are ready to implement,
D) Are innovative, and
E) Involve a broad range of partners.
The guidelines anticipate both competitive grant rounds as well as directed expenditures to accomplish its objectives. The guidelines include a format for written applications for funding that must be followed if a project is to be recommended to the OPC. Proposals will be evaluated by committees established by the OPC and the Conservancy and in some cases by the OPC steering committee. Additionally, in reviewing science proposals staff may utilize the services of the California Ocean Science Trust, the Sea Grant Program, or other organizations.

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Funds are disbursed pursuant to contractual agreements with the implementing agency or organization. Grantees or contractors must provide the Conservancy with a detailed scope of work, budget and schedule for the project prior to initiating any work. The Conservancy disburses grant funds for completed work upon approval of the Grantee’s request for disbursement and supporting documentation. Conservancy project managers approve payment of funds only after assuring that all requested expenses are for work that has been satisfactorily completed pursuant to the project scope of work and budget, and that the grantee or contractor is in compliance with all the terms and conditions of the grant agreement or contract. Funds may be disbursed as progress payments, billed monthly or upon completion of individual tasks, or upon completion of the entire project. The Conservancy withholds ten percent of all progress payments to be released only upon satisfactory completion of the project.

Grant funds disbursed for the acquisition of real property are deposited directly into an escrow established for the transaction upon Conservancy staff’s review and approval of all sale and title documents.

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Prior to approving the final grant payment, Conservancy staff conduct a project completion audit. This process includes review and approval of the final work product, a site visit and inspection where appropriate, and a review of the contract and project files to assure that all required documentation is in place.

For projects involving construction, including environmental restoration and enhancement, the grantee must provide the Conservancy with an inspection report by a licensed architect or registered engineer or the grantee’s Public Works Director certifying completion of the project according to the approved work program, and with “as built” drawings or photographs of the completed project. The grantee must also agree to manage and maintain the improvements consistent with the purposes of the awarded grant funds for an appropriate period of time, generally not less than twenty years.

For projects consisting of the acquisition of fee title to real property, the grantee must record an Irrevocable Offer to Dedicate Title in Fee, deed restriction, or other legal instrument that serves to permanently dedicate the property for the acquisition purposes. Such instruments run with the land and are binding on the grantee’s successors in interest. These instruments also contain a provision that enables the Conservancy or its designee to assume title to the property should the grantee cease to exist or violate the conditions of the grant agreement. These instruments provide the Conservancy with the ability to ensure that the property continues to be used for the acquisition purposes in perpetuity.

For projects consisting of the acquisition of easements, the easement must contain provisions that serve to ensure that the property is permanently dedicated to the acquisition purposes and is managed and operated in a manner consistent with those purposes. The Conservancy also requires that the grantee monitor the real property at least once a year to ensure compliance with the conservation easement, and submit a monitoring report to the Conservancy. Provisions of the easement ensure that should the grantee cease to exist or violate the conditions of the grant agreement, the Conservancy or its designee have the ability to assume title to the easement.

No property interests, whether fee title or easements, acquired with bond funds may be used as security for debt or transferred to another owner without the prior approval of the Conservancy.


Projects
"Our Coast, Our Future” Online Viewer for the Central Coast
"Our Coast, Our Future” Online Viewer for the Central Coast
2008 UC Sea Grant Partnership for Ocean and Coastal Research
2008 UC Sea Grant Partnership for Ocean and Coastal Research
2008 USC Sea Grant Partnership for Ocean and Coastal Research
2008 USC Sea Grant Partnership for Ocean and Coastal Research
30 Marine Species Synthesis Reports
Aquaculture Programmatic Environmental Impact Report
Aquaculture Programmatic Environmental Impact Report
Aquaculture Programmatic Environmental Impact Report
Aquatic Invasive Species Plan Implementation
Aquatic Invasive Species Vector Risk Assessments
Box Crab Pilot Project: Implementing Onboard Electronic Monitoring in Support of an Experimental Box Crab Fishery
C-SMART - Collaborating on Sea-level Marin: Adaptation Response Team
California Fisheries Evaluation
California Fisheries Fund
California Fisheries Fund
California Fisheries Portal Development
California Fisheries Portal Scoping
California Ocean Acidification Action Plan
California Seafloor Mapping - Southern California Data Gaps Project
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program
California Seafloor Mapping Program; UC Santa Cruz
Capacity Building and Information Acquisition for Sea Level Rise Planning in the Los Angeles Greater Metropolitan Region
Central Coast Groundfish Project
Central Coast MPA Baseline Monitoring – Year 2
Central Coast ROV vessel support
City of Eureka General Plan Update
City of Half Moon Bay Local Coastal Program
City of Morro Bay Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Policy Framework
Climate Change Effects on Natural Sediment Supply to the Coast: Implications for Coastal Management
Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Strategic Assistance
Collaborative Efforts to Assess Sea-level Rise Impacts and Evaluate Policy Options for the Monterey Bay Coast
Creating an Unpackaged Community in the Bay Area
Development of Statewide Standards for Trash Monitoring Methods
Differences Between Restored and Natural Seagrass Ecosystems
Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group Coordination and Projects
Dungeness Crab Task Force
Dungeness Crab Task Force
Dungeness Crab Task Force
Dungeness Crab Task Force
Dungeness Crab Task Force
Ecological Risk Assessment for Fisheries
Fisheries: Collaborative Fisheries Research
Fisheries: Collaborative Fisheries Research
Fisheries: Central Coast Groundfish - phase 2
Fisheries: Collaborative Fisheries Research
Fisheries: Collaborative Fisheries Research
Fishery Management Plan Peer Review
Geospatial data support for Marine Spatial Planning
Geospatial Portal Development
Geospatial Portal Development
Guidance for Building and Using Socioeconomic Essential Fishery Information
Guidance on Fisheries in a changing climate for the MLMA revision
Humboldt Offshore Wind Feasibility Study
Improved understanding of ocean acidification and effects of eelgrass
Instream Flow Assessments
Instream Flow Assessments
Integrated Modeling of the California Current System
Inventory of Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Hotspots
Local Coastal Program Sea-Level Rise Grant Program - Round 2
Marine Landing Database
Marine Protected Area (MPA) Signs
Marine Protected Areas Collaborative Network Small Grants Program
Marine Protected Areas Monitoring Enterprise
Marine Protected Areas Monitoring Enterprise
Marine Protected Areas Monitoring Enterprise
Marine Protected Areas Monitoring Enterprise
Microplastics Standardization and Reporting
Modernization of the California State Lands Commission Offshore Geophysical Permit Program
Modernization of the California State Lands Commission Offshore Geophysical Permit Program
MPA Effectiveness and Ecological Response in the Face of Changing Ocean Conditions
MPA Monitoring Program - California South Coast region
MPA monitoring program: phase 2 implementation
MPA Outreach and Education
North Central Coast MPA Baseline Monitoring
North Central Coast MPA Baseline Monitoring
North Coast MPA Baseline Monitoring
North Coast MPA Baseline Monitoring
OAH Assessment Endpoints to Inform Water Quality Criteria Revisio
Ocean Energy Study
Ocean Science Coordination and Integration
OPC-Science Advisory Team (SAT) Working Group to Summarize Best Available Science on Sea-level Rise
Planning Phase for the Pilot Surfer’s Beach Restoration Project
Prop 84 Competitive Grant Process
Prop 84 Competitive Grant Process
Provision of Science and Science Communication Services
Research: Sea Grant Research 2010
Research: Sea Grant Research 2010
Santa Cruz Marine Debris Pilot Program
Screening for Contaminents of Emerging Concern in the Southern California Bight
Sea Otter Recovery: Contaminants & Anthropogenic Stressors Study
Sediment in the Sanctuaries: Regional Action Plan Development
Sonoma County Local Coastal Program Update: Sea Level Rise Assessment and Adaptation
South Coast MPA Baseline Monitoring
South Coast MPA Baseline Monitoring
Southern California Bight Nutrient Loading Study
Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan
Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan
Statewide Science Integration and Marine Protected Area Monitoring
Sustainable Seafood Initative: SF Fisherman's Wharf
Tijuana Estuary Sediment Fate and Transport Study
Tijuana Fate & Transport Study - Communications Outreach Phase
UC Sea Grant Research Program 2011
UC Sea Grant Research Program 2011
UC Sea Grant Research Projects 09
UC Sea Grant Research Projects 09
Update to the OPC's 2008 Litter Strategy
USC Sea Grant Research Program 09
USC Sea Grant Research Program 2011
USC Sea Grant Research Program 2011
Water Quality: Improved detection of Toxoplasma gondii Oocysts
Water Quality: Improved detection of Toxoplasma gondii Oocysts