Next Commission Meeting
The Commission unanimously opposed federal legislation that would increase the likelihood of marine invasive species introductions and water pollution in California by revoking the long-standing right of states to regulate their waters under the Clean Water Act and the National Invasive Species Act.
On February 22, 2017, Commission staff will host a customer service meeting in Martinez, California. The agenda includes updates from the U.S. Coast Guard, Board of Pilot Commissioners, and Air Resources Board, and a discussion about MOTEMS and the Marine Invasive Species Program.
Invitation to comment on the development of amendments to regulations to implement and enforce California's ballast water discharge standards
Before initiating the formal rulemaking process, the Commission is holding an informal comment period from February 7 to March 24, 2017, to inform the amendments to regulations to implement the ballast water discharge standards and the development of protocols to assess vessel compliance (Article 4.7).
The Commission is proposing modifications to the proposed amendments to regulations addressing biofouling management to minimize the transfer of nonindigenous species from vessels arriving at California ports (Article 4.8).
The report covers the activities and accomplishments between July 2014 and June 2016. The report also summarizes next steps to continue to fulfill the Commission's mandate of moving the state expeditiously toward eliminating nonindigenous species discharges into state waters.
At its December 2016 meeting the Commission was updated on the status of negotiations to acquire a public access easement to and along Martins Beach near Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County. This staff appraisal was prepared for purposes of negotiating an easement to provide public access to Martins Beach.
The Commission adopted a resolution today supporting the Obama Administration's ban on new offshore drilling off the Pacific coast, signaling that it will take an active role in protecting California's coastline.
As part of a continual effort to increase public access, the Commission purchased 11 acres of land along the American River at Camp Pollock for the public to enjoy. The Sacramento Valley Conservancy maintains the land, providing recreation and open space that the public can enjoy.