The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) was created by law in 2004 via the California Ocean Protection Act. OPC is an innovative leader on ocean and coastal protection in the state and globally. OPC’s vision is to ensure healthy, resilient and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems in California for the benefit of current and future generations. OPC is committed to ensuring that policy and management decisions affecting California’s ocean and coastal resources are based on the best available science. The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1 or “Prop 1”) was approved by voters in November 2014. Prop 1 is codified as Division 26.7 of the Water Code. Prop 1 funding is intended to fund projects that meet the goals of the state Water Action Plan.
Chapter 6 of Prop 1 allocates $30 million to OPC for a competitive grant program for multibenefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities. It sets forth specific purposes of the allocation of funds to OPC, and OPC Prop 1 grants must achieve at least one of these purposes.
OPC encourages applications for wetland and other habitat restoration projects such as those typically funded through Prop 1, however projects should be clear in articulating their multibenefits, in particular how a project would provide benefits in at least one of the Priority Issue Areas. Projects must also provide a clearly-articulated, long-term benefit to the public.