California Coastal Conservancy

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The California State Coastal Conservancy Jurisdiction picture from the California Coastal Conservancy website[1]

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


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]

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

Central Coast Project Priorities

The Conservancy considers the Central Coast to be Monterey County, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Santa Cruz County and San Mateo County.

The overall 2018 Central Coast Project Priorities are:

  • Completing the Coastal Trail and improving access to the Coast
  • Protecting working landscapes
  • Protecting, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat
  • Increasing climate resiliency
  • Supporting restoration of waterfronts

The Conservancy achieves its mission through awarding grants to organizations that are willing to undertake projects that relate to their priorities. On March 22nd 2018, the Board of the State of Coastal Conservancy approved 20 grants totaling over $7.6 million towards restoration, protection, and public access projects along the California Coast.[5]

Projects & Local Impacts

  • California Coastal Trail [8].

Related Links


  1. California Coastal Conservancy, 2018. About the Conservancy.
  2. Coastal Conservancy, 2018. Fact Page.
  3. California Legislature, 1976. Division 21 of the California Public Resources Code.
  4. California Coastal Conservancy, 2018. Governing Board.
  5. Coastal Conservancy, 2018 Jan 18. Public Meeting Minutes.
  6. San Clemente Dam Removal Project Website
  7. 2016 Tidal Wetland Project Recommendations for the Elkhorn Slough
  8. California Coastal Conservancy's Coastal Trail Program


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