Leading the State
The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) – a cabinet level state entity committed to sustaining a healthy ocean and coast for all Californians – is spearheading California’s efforts to combat ocean acidification.
Taking Comprehensive Action
The OPC was the largest investor in the Panel, and is now leading a comprehensive action plan to pave the way for sweeping implementation of the Panel’s Recommendations. The OPC is implementing two major pieces of legislation, and making targeted investments in research and monitoring:
- OPC public meeting, October 17, 2016
- AB 2139 – Ocean Protection Council: Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia
- SB 1363 – Ocean Protection Council: Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Reduction Program
Advancing Water Quality
Working with the State Water Resources Control Board (the lead agency in regulating water quality), the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, and Stanford University, the OPC has launched an effort to lay the groundwork for the development of ecologically relevant criteria for coastal ocean acidification:
- An Uncommon Dialogue Workshop Summary – Ocean Acidification: Setting Water Quality Goals
- Revision of Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Water Quality Criteria
Track the Ocean Protection Council
The OPC meets four times per year, and is eager to hear from the public. To track the OPC’s actions, and get involved visit http://www.opc.ca.gov/, or contact Jennifer Phillips, Policy Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.