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San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership Releases Draft Preliminary Assessment Report for Public Review-Public Invited to Attend Open House and Provide Feedback

Public Invited to Attend Open House and Provide Feedback

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The California State Lands Commission and the Port of San Diego have released the San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership’s Draft Preliminary Assessment Report.  The public and stakeholders are invited to an Open House to discuss and provide feedback on initial findings.

The ocean planning project is predicated on a transparent, collaborative, stakeholder-driven process.  In that spirit, the Commission and the Port invite the public to attend an Open House on Wednesday, October 10, from 6-8 p.m. at the Port Administration Building, located at 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego.

The California State Lands Commission and the Port of San Diego formed the San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership, a pilot project, to identify current uses offshore of San Diego County, to consider the dynamic and interconnected relationship between those uses and the ocean environment, and to leverage that learning to effectively and responsibly inform decision-making for the ocean space.  The pilot project focuses on the diversity of ocean space uses, which both partners manage, and is driven by stakeholder input and data collection  Examples of ocean space uses are commerce, navigation, recreation, fisheries, and environmental stewardship.

“Public engagement and stakeholder contributions have been foundational to this effort,” said State Controller and Commission Chair Betty Yee.  “I look forward to continued community input and robust collaboration ahead of the final assessment report release later this year.  The public can have faith that their voice matters.”

At the Open House, Commission and Port staff will be available to answer questions about the partnership, the ocean planning process, and the Draft Preliminary Assessment Report.  Staff will also demonstrate the user-friendly web-mapping application developed through the partnership where users can visualize ocean-related data and explore the different uses of the ocean space offshore San Diego County in one place.

“The Port of San Diego appreciates the California State Lands Commission’s commitment to the San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership,” said Rafael Castellanos, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners.  “With the State Lands’ extensive jurisdiction across the state and its waters, and the Port’s knowledge and relationships with regional and local stakeholders, the two partners bring complementary management perspectives to effectively collaborate on this pilot project.”

The public is invited to review and comment on the Draft Preliminary Assessment Report.  The comment deadline  is October 19, 2018.  Public  comment will help the partnership team better understand the ocean space and the relationships between users and uses.  Comments and feedback will be reviewed and incorporated into the Final Preliminary Assessment Report, which the Commission and the Port are slated to adopt in December 2018.

View the Draft Preliminary Assessment Report here.  Comments can be submitted via an online survey.  Public comments can also be submitted through the San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership’s website at sdoceanplanning.org or emailed to sdoceanplan@slc.ca.gov.  Please also visit the website if you are unable to attend the Open House but are interested in participating in this process or would like more information.

About the California State Lands Commission

Established in 1938, the Commission manages 4 million acres of tide and submerged lands and the beds of navigable rivers, streams, lakes, bays, estuaries, inlets, and straits.  These lands, often referred to as sovereign or Public Trust lands, stretch from the Klamath River and Goose Lake in the north to the Tijuana Estuary in the south, and the Colorado River in the east, and from the Pacific Coast 3 miles offshore in the west to world-famous Lake Tahoe, and includes California’s two longest rivers, the Sacrament and San Joaquin.

The Commission protects and enhances these lands and natural resources by issuing leases for use or development, providing public access, resolving boundaries between public and private lands, and implementing regulatory programs to protect state waters from oil spills and invasive species introductions.  The Commission also monitors waterfront and other land granted in trust by the California Legislature to roughly 70 local jurisdictions.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

ABOUT PORT OF SAN DIEGO ENVIRONMENT

Port of San Diego Environment champions the safekeeping and environmental care of our diverse ecosystems. Year after year, environmental goals are set and measured to evolve environmental initiatives – ensuring San Diego Bay remains a vibrant resource and contributes to a remarkable way of life for visitors and residents for generations to come.