Ocean Protection Council Meeting — December 7, 2021 — Teleconference

OPC Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
11:00am – 3:00pm



Due to the COVID-19 public health orders, and in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders N-29-20 and N-33-20, this meeting will be held remotely by teleconference.

To join the meeting via Zoom or by phone, please click here to register.

OPC is committed to ensuring that our public meetings are accessible and that members of the public can participate by providing written and oral comment on Council matters.  For instructions on public participation in OPC virtual meetings, click here and see below.


  1. Welcome, Introductions and Council Member Announcements
    Secretary Crowfoot, Council Chair
  1. Report from the Executive Director
    Mark Gold, D.Env., Executive Director
  1. Report from the Science Advisor
    Liz Whiteman, Ph.D., Executive Director, Ocean Science Trust

Advancing Strategic Plan Goals 1, 2 and 3:  Goal 1: Safeguard Coastal and Marine Ecosystems and Communities in the Face of Climate Change; Goal 2: Advancing Equity Across Ocean and Coastal Policies and Actions; Goal 3: Enhance Coastal and Marine Biodiversity

  1. Action Item: Consideration and Approval of Disbursement of Proposition 1 Funds for Projects that Benefit Communities Entitled to Environmental Justice and Improve Water Quality
    Maria Rodriguez, Wetland Program Manager

4a.  Redwood National and State Parks Visitor Center and Lower Prairie Creek Restoration

4b. Wiyot Tribe Acquisition of Coastal Property for Cultural and Water Quality Protection

4c.  Tiscornia Marsh Restoration and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Project

4d.  Middle Struve Slough Water Quality and Habitat Improvement Project

4e.  Wilmington Middle School and Community Green Infrastructure Project

4f.  Paradise Creek Wetland Expansion and Park Creation

  1. Informational Item: Annual Coast and Ocean Report: A Summary of Strategic Plan Implementation Progress and Critical Issues in 2021
    Mark Gold, D.Env., Executive Director
  1. Consent Items:

6a. Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Funds in Support of the Draft Conservation Plan for the Commercial California Dungeness Crab Fishery
Noah Ben-Aderet, Ph.D., Program Manager

6b. Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Additional Funds for the Big Canyon Habitat Restoration Project in Upper Newport Bay
Maria Rodriguez, Wetland Program Manager

  1. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items
  1. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
    February 23, 2022; 1:00 – 4:00pm: location TBD


Agenda items may be re-ordered at the discretion of the Council Chair.

Providing Public Comment:

Written Comments: Written comments should be sent to COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov by 9am on December 6, 2021.  If you are writing about an item on the Council’s agenda, please include the item number in the email subject line. If you are writing with a general comment, please include a brief title for your comment.

Oral Comments: For each item on the agenda and at the end of the public meeting on non-agenda items, the OPC Chair will ask whether there are any requests for public comment. If you want to provide oral comments on a specific agenda item, you will need to “Raise your hand” during the Zoom meeting. *If calling into the meeting from a telephone, you can use “Pound (#) 2” to raise/ lower your hand.

Once your hand is raised and it is your turn to speak, the meeting facilitator will unmute you, announce your name, and you will be able to make your public comment to the Council. *Depending on how you have called in, you may also need to unmute yourself.

A speaker’s time allotment for a specific agenda item is at the discretion of the Chair but generally limited to two minutes. It is strongly recommended, though not required, that public comments be submitted in writing beforehand so they can be distributed to all Council members for review prior to the meeting. After your public comment, your hand will be lowered and you will be placed back on mute.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Jenn Eckerle at jenn.eckerle@resources.ca.gov.

Any person who has a disability and requires accommodation to participate in this council meeting should contact Ms. Eckerle no later than five days prior to the meeting.

Categories: Equity and Environmental Justice, Funding Opportunities and Updates, Marine Pollution, OPC Meetings, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity, Water Quality