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. The largest investor in the Panel, the OPC is now working to implement the Panel’s Recommendations and Actions.
Taking Action in California
In 2016, the OPC made a series of targeted investments in research and monitoring. In addition, two pieces of legislation, which the OPC will implement, were signed into law:
- 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 among other responsibilities – the OPC engaged a team of scientists to begin laying the groundwork for the development of ecologically relevant criteria for coastal ocean acidification:
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.