California Coastal Conservancy

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A watershed-related issue examined by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.

The California State Coastal Conservancy Jurisdiction picture from the California Coastal Conservancy website[2]


The Coastal Conservancy is a non-regulatory state agency whose goal is to protect and improve natural lands and waterways. This effort is to help people get to and enjoy the outdoors and to sustain local economies along the coast. The Conservancy implements statewide resource plans. Two of the Conservancy website's highlighted projects are the California Water Action Plan and the Wildlife Action Plan. [1]

Areas of focus:

General Structure of Organization

As one of ten agencies under the California Natural Resource Agency, [2] the non-regulatory agency's responsibilities are defined in the Division 21 of the California Public Resources Code.[3].

The California Coastal Conservancy is governed by a Board of Directors which were originally appointed by the Governor and California Legislatures. The 2018 Board consists of the following members [4].

  • Chairman Douglas Bosco
  • Sara Ramirez Giroux
  • Ann Notthoff
  • John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources
  • Michael Cohen, Director of the Department of Finance
  • Dayna Bochco, Chair of the California Coastal Commission

There are six members of the California Legislature that provide oversight in Conservancy activities. The 2018 members of Legislature are:

  • Mark Stone
  • Monique Limon
  • Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
  • Benjamin Allen
  • Anthony Cannella
  • Jerry Hill


...Name the smallest watershed (or other applicable region) within which the issue occurs...

Past Projects & Local Impacts

Current Central Coast Projects


  1. State of California Coastal Conservancy Website - About the Conservancy [1]
  2. Coastal Conservancy Fact Page
  3. Division 21 of the California Public Resources Code
  4. California Coastal Conservancy Governing Board

Related Links

[California Coastal Conservancy]


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