National Research Council Science Study of Sea Level Rise Projections for California, Oregon, and Washington

To: California Ocean and Coastal Community

From: Amber Mace – Executive Director, California Ocean Protection Council

Date: May 25, 2010

Subject: NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS: National Research Council (NRC) Science Study of Sea Level Rise Projections for California, Oregon, and Washington


National Research Council (NRC) Science Study
Sea Level Rise Projections for California, Oregon, and Washington

What: California state agencies, along with the states of Oregon and Washington and three federal agencies, have engaged the National Research Council in a contract for science review of sea level rise for the West Coast. Through this contract, a panel of experts will be assembled who will assess sea level rise for California, Oregon and Washington and will provide estimated values or a range of values for sea level rise for planning purposes for the years 2030, 2050 and 2100.

The California state agencies sponsoring this study are holding public meetings and accepting comments electronically to solicit reference information that could be considered by NRC in its science study. Specific types of information sought are described below.

When and Where: The public meetings are listed below

June 8, 2010
1:00 – 3:30
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center
Long Beach Airport
2640 N. Lakewood Blvd,
Long Beach

June 16, 2010
Port Commission Hearing Room
San Francisco Ferry Building
Pier 1, San Francisco

June 17, 2010
Best Western Bayshore Inn
3500 Broadway

Information Sought: The California sponsoring agencies are seeking information (publications and data generated by others than the sponsoring agencies) that could be useful for the science review, whose scope is described under the background section below. Specific examples of types of information sought include research studies, journal publications, science workshop reports, data sets, and similar materials pertaining to:

– Projections of sea level rise for locations on the West Coast;

– Climate change-related severe weather conditions on the West Coast; including increased storminess, increased wave heights, storm surges, changes in storm frequency/duration/precipitation intensity, and development of atmospheric river events;

– West Coast site-specific climate change-related impacts on erosion and sedimentation characteristics (e.g., rates and processes) in coastal and estuarine environments, including coastal wetlands;

– Efficacy of coastal habitats and coastal restoration in increasing the resilience of communities and ecosystems along the West Coast;

– Observed sea level rise amounts, severe weather data, or erosion/sedimentation impacts relevant to operation of coastal infrastruture (to help provide context for future projections expressed in the science literature); and,

– Predicted site-specific local sea level rise amounts, and climate change-related criteria/methodologies for precipitation frequency/duration/intensity relationships for stormwater drainage, including those that quantify expected local responses associated with sea level rise.

Submission of Information Electronically: It is not necessary to attend the public meetings to submit information. Comments may be sent electronically to starting on June 1st.

Sponsoring Agencies: California Energy Commission, California Department of Transportation, California Department of Water Resources, California Ocean Protection Council, California State Water Resources Control Board, Oregon Water Enhancement Board, Washington Department of Ecology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Background: In compliance with Executive Order S-13-08, the sponsoring agencies have arranged for an independent science review by the National Research Council to assess specific aspects of sea level rise pertinent to climate change adaptation in California. The topics being covered in the NRC study are:

1. Evaluate each of the major contributors to global sea level rise (e.g., ocean thermal expansion, melting of glaciers and ice sheets); combine the contributions to provide values or a range of values of global sea level rise for the years 2030, 2050, and 2100; and evaluate the uncertainties associated with these values for each timeframe.

2. Characterize and, where possible, provide specific values for the regional and local contributions to sea level rise (e.g., atmospheric changes influencing ocean winds, ENSO [El Nino-Southern Oscillation] effects on ocean surface height, coastal upwelling and currents, storminess, coastal land motion caused by tectonics, sediment loading, or aquifer withdrawal) for the years 2030, 2050 and 2100. Different types of coastal settings will be examined, taking into account factors such as landform (e.g., estuaries, wetlands, beaches, lagoons, cliffs), geologic substrate (e.g., unconsolidated sediments, bedrock), and rates of geologic deformation. For inputs that can be quantified, the study will also provide related uncertainties. The study will also summarize what is known about:

a. climate-induced increases in storm frequency and magnitude and related changes to regional and local sea level rise estimations (e.g., more frequent and severe storm surges)

b. the efficacy of coastal habitats and coastal restoration (e.g., watershed restoration) in increasing the resilience of communities and ecosystems along the West Coast.

It is anticipated that NRC will hold the first meeting of its science review committee in fall 2010, with completion of the study estimated to take 12-18 months from that date.


1. Introduction and meeting purpose

2. Overview of California climate change adaptation strategy

3. Scope and process of NRC science review

4. Request for information/data to support NRC science review

5. Public comments*

*Public comments will be limited to 5 minutes or otherwise at the discretion of the meeting chair

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MLMA Lessons Learned Final Report Now Available

To: California Ocean and Coastal Community

From: Amber Mace, Executive Director California Ocean Protection Council and
Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy

Date: May 19, 2010

Subject: “Lessons Learned from California’s Marine Life Management Act (MLMA)” final report – Now available

Dear California Ocean and Coastal Community,

The Lessons Learned from California’s Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) final report is now available. The report was completed by a consultant project team over the last 18 months and reflects the valuable input of numerous scientists and stakeholders. The report assesses lessons learned about the implementation of the MLMA and provides recommendations to direct future MLMA efforts by the California Department of Fish and Game, California Fish and Game Commission, and California Ocean Protection Council.

The final report and background about the project can be accessed from the MLMA lessons learned project page on the OPC website:

Thank you for your interest in helping to improve the protection of California’s ocean and coastal resources.

Take a Stand Concert 2 2010 Update

The date is set August 28th for the Take A Stand Two at Albion Harbor. We want the Tribes to come and dance and play drums or whatever they think would be good for them to do. We want to show that we stand together against the MLPA’s invasive process. I need help to put all this together but it is an election year so we need to make this political and well advertised no holds bared. I would like to invite Black Horse Blues Band back and I am trying to get one really famous dude and think I have a good shot at it. Then one more band so three and hopefully the tribes will do some traditional dance and song for us all to enjoy.We need to pressure all the politicians to be there and we need TV coverage this time. Please pass this on!

From Michael A Carpenter

California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Announcement

Who: All interested members of the public

What: Invitation to provide new information and/or comments on the Regional Profile of the North Coast Study Region (California-Oregon Border to Alder Creek in Mendocino County) for discussion during the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force meeting on May 3-4, 2010

When: Submissions are requested no later than April 19, 2010 for compilation and distribution to the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force. Members of the public submitting information and/or comments in writing will also have the opportunity to provide verbal comments directly to the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force during special public comment periods at the May 3-4 meeting.

Where: The regional profile is available to view in two ways:

– Immediately available for download on the MLPA website at
( or 916.654.1885) – On CD by contacting the MLPA Initiative office

How: The public is encouraged to review the regional profile and submit written comments. Key information to include when submitting comments:

– Identify the specific section(s) on which you are commenting and/or providing supplemental information
– If you wish to provide verbal, in-person comments at the May 3-4 meeting

Written comments should be submitted by April 19, 2010 in one of three ways:

1. Email to
2. Fax to 916.653.8102 (Attention: MLPA Initiative)
3. Postal service to MLPA Initiative
c/o California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814

Additional Details

The California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative has published the Regional Profile of the North Coast Study Region (Alder Creek to the California-Oregon Border) at, which provides background information to be used during the MLPA Initiative’s marine protected area planning process. The MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) has allocated part of its May 3-4 meeting to receive feedback from the public on the content of the regional profile.

North coast communities and members of the public are invited to review the regional profile and provide new information and/or comments that would help inform marine protected area planning, address inaccurate data or statements, and/or highlight important information already included within the regional profile. The BRTF will receive comment on the regional profile by section; therefore, commentators should clearly state to which section of the profile their comments relate, so the information can accurately be brought into the discussion at the appropriate time during the meeting.

All new information and/or comments provided for the May 3-4 meeting will not be incorporated into the regional profile, but rather will be compiled into a “regional profile public comments” document. This information will be distributed to the BRTF, MLPA North Coast Regional Stakeholder Group, and the public through the MLPA website. Content of submissions will not be edited, so please be sure to submit information as you would like to see it printed in the compilation; clearly define any terms, abbreviations or acronyms with which the general public may not be familiar. Please provide references to support statements whenever possible.

Members of the public who submit written comments will also have the opportunity to provide verbal comments during the May 3-4 BRTF meeting. Speakers will be identified in advance of the meeting, and spokespeople for common topics will be identified. When submitting comments by April 19, please indicate whether you would also like to provide verbal comments to the BRTF during its May 3-4 meeting. There will be a general comment period for members of the public who did not submit written comments; their speaking time may be less than that allocated for scheduled speakers.


Diane; can you please pass this on to as many people as you can eveyone fell free to pass it on Thanks Mike, We are in the starting phase of planing for the second annual TAKE A STAND CONCERT last year it took six weeks from start to finish. This year we have learned a lot and have more time to plan. I am sending this e-mail out to all interested parties.We need help to make a day on the Albion river come together with song food and drink.I would like to bring the community together California Tribes and tribal interests. This is going to be a great day with camping available and a chance for sport fishers to fish and dive and share there catch with there fellow neighbors. I am asking anyone who would like to get involved with this to e-mail me and let me know how you would like to help. We need everything we can get donations to volunteers this is going to be a great success so please get involved and help make history. Email We hope to have a lot more political involvement this time with the politicians that are pushing this hopefully they will come and break bread with us.