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OPC Meeting – February 29, 2008


February 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ventura City Hall
501 Poli Street
Ventura, CA


Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Resources, Council Chair
Linda Adams, Secretary for Environmental Protection
John Garamendi, Lieutenant Governor, Chair of the State Lands Commission
Susan Golding, Public Member
Geraldine Knatz, Public Member
Pedro Nava, State Assemblymember
Darrell Steinberg, State Senator


1.  Welcome and council member announcements

Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Resources, Council Chair

2.  ACTION: Consideration of a motion to allow a voting representative for absent council members for this meeting pursuant to the council’s operating procedures

3.  ACTION: Nominations and election of next council chairperson

 Motion and Vote 

4.  Public Comment on non-agenda items

(letters received prior to meeting)

5.  ACTION: Consideration and possible adoption of the OPC Science Advisory Team and approval of the Executive Director of the California Ocean Science Trust as co-chair of the team

Amber Mace, Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust, Council Science Advisor

 Motion and Vote 

6.  Water quality policy: future OPC goals and actions

Drew Bohan, Executive Policy Officer

Panel discussion on state water quality policy and funding to address impacts of stormwater runoff and pollution linked to existing and new development, with the primary emphasis on Low Impact Development
• David Beckman, Natural Resources Defense Council 
• Dan Cloak, Consultant 
• Eric Berntsen, State Water Resources Control Board 
• Martina Frey, Tetra Tech Inc. 
• Andrew Henderson, Building Industry Association 
• Gerhardt Hubner, Ventura County Watershed Protection District 
• Fran Spivy-Weber, State Water Resources Control Board 
• Eric Stein, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 
• Al Wanger, California Coastal Commission

Summary and recommendations for future actions 
Rachel Couch, Project Manager

7.  ACTION: Consideration and possible approval of 2009 Ocean Protection Council Funding Priorities for Sea Grant projects and authorization to grant up to $1 million to the University of California Sea Grant and University of Southern California Sea Grant programs to fund research that directly supports the OPC’s strategic plan

Valerie Termini, Project Manager 
Amber Mace, Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust, Council Science Advisor

 Motion and Vote 

8.  ACTION: Consideration and possible authorization to grant up to $242,000 to the University of California, Davis to prepare plans, designs, and environmental documents for the California Marine Ecosystem Health Laboratory 

Neal Fishman, Program Manager

 Motion and Vote 

9.  ACTION: Consideration and possible approval of the following consent items  Motion and Vote

a. Authorization to disburse up to $60,000 to the University of California Marine Council (UCMC) to fund two graduate fellowships 
Valerie Termini, Project Manager

b. Authorization to grant up to $87,500 to the National Geographic Society for the planning and completion of the Northern California Coastal Geotourism MapGuide project: Salmon Country 
Cina Loarie, Sea Grant Fellow

10.  Presentation and discussion of November 7th San Francisco Bay Oil Spill

Steve Edinger, Assistant Chief, Law Enforcement Division, Department of Fish and Game

Lessons learned about and the use of ocean observing data in spill response
Sam Schuchat, Council Secretary

11.  Status of the Water Board policy on once-through cooling and presentation of related studies

Christine Blackburn, Project Manager

• Status and timeline of the Water Board Policy
Jonathan Bishop, Chief Deputy Director, State Water Resources Control Board 
• Alternative Cooling System Analysis for California’s Coastal Power Plants
Tim Havey, Tetra Tech, Inc.

12.  Report from the Executive Policy Officer

Drew Bohan, Executive Policy Officer

• Update on Marine Debris Resolution Draft Implementation Plan
• Update on water quality enforcement
• Update on strategic plan

13.  Report from the Council Secretary

Sam Schuchat, Council Secretary 
• Project updates
• Budget update

14. Adjourn

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Lawrence Matthews at (510) 286-1212 or [email protected].

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

OPC Tour Information:

A council tour of the Matilija Dam, Surfer’s Point, and stormwater project sites will take place on February 28th, 2008. The tour will begin at the Ventura County Watershed Protection District, Ventura Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA at 11:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend, but must provide their own transportation—the tour sites are a 30 minute drive from each other. We also recommend bringing a sack lunch.

*Agenda items may be taken out of order at the discretion of the council chair * Please fill out a Request to Speak card to provide public comment on non-agenda items or on a specific agenda item. Comment on agenda items will be taken following each item.