Ocean Protection Council Meeting – August 15, 2023 – Teleconference and Public Forum

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OPC Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Hybrid Meeting 

California Natural Resources Agency Headquarters Auditorium
715 P Street, Sacramento, California 95814

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


Print Agenda (PDF)
Webcast Recording (YouTube)

1. Welcome, Introductions, and Council Member Updates
Secretary Crowfoot, Council Chair

2. Update from Executive Director
Jenn Eckerle, Executive Director

3. Update from the Science Advisor
Liz Whiteman, Ph.D., Executive Director, Ocean Science Trust

4. Informational Item: Update from OPC Summer Interns 
Bella Carreon, Azura Haley, Audrey Jung, Nathan Lee, Alyssa Ng, Veronica Whaley 

Advancing Strategic Plan Goal 1: Safeguard Coastal and Marine Ecosystems and Communities in the Face of Climate Change

5. Action Item: Consideration and Approval of SB 1 Grant Program Solicitation to Support Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Planning (Strategic Plan Objective 1.1: Build Resiliency to Sea-Level Rise, Coastal Storms, Erosion, and Flooding)
Megan Williams, Program Manager 

Exhibit A: Draft SB 1 Grant Program SLR Adaptation Criteria

6. Action Item: Consideration and Approval to Disburse Funds for Contaminated Sites Inventory and Remediation Prioritization to Address Risk from Sea-Level Rise (Strategic Plan Objective 1.1: Build Resiliency to Sea-Level Rise, Coastal Storms, Erosion, and Flooding)
Ella McDougall, Program Manager 

Advancing Strategic Plan Goal 3: Enhance Coastal and Marine Biodiversity

7. Action Item: Consideration and Approval to Disburse Funds to Address Microplastic Pollution (Strategic Plan Objective 3.4: Improve Coastal and Ocean Water Quality)
Kaitlyn Kalua, Deputy Director

7a. Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Funding for Projects that Improve Understanding and Inform Management of Microplastic Pollution  

7b. Consideration and Approval of Disbursement of Funds for Southern California Bight Regional Monitoring Program 2023: Microplastics Sample Processing and Analysis  

8. Informational Item: Implementation of 30×30 in Coastal Waters: Progress & Next Steps
Anh Diep, 30×30 Program Manager
Abby Mohan, 30×30 Program Manager 

9. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items 

10. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CNRA Auditorium and Zoom participation available. 


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 12:00 p.m. on August 14, 2023. 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 are participating via Zoom and 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 Holly Shand at holly.shand@resources.ca.gov.

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

Categories: 30x30, Event, Funding Opportunities and Updates, OPC meetings, Public Comment Opportunity, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity