The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) has authorized a grant solicitation for $3.4 million to support restoration projects that increase marine life associated with marine protected areas (MPAs). Grant funds are intended to mitigate for impacts associated with power generating facilities that use once-through cooling technology to pull water from the ocean or nearby estuaries to cool down the steam used to make electricity.
Projects must take place in state waters (3 nautical miles from the coastline) from San Diego to Big Sur (near Lucia), including the waters around the Channel Islands and wetlands and estuaries within that region. Projects that take place outside of this range are not eligible to receive funding.
For successful applicants, work is expected to begin approximately in June 2019 and be completed by February 2024. Projects that have a duration longer than 2024 may be considered; however, the applicant must propose a phased approach with discrete deliverables to achieve project completion and be aware that funding for subsequent phases will be contingent on budget approval in future years. Please contact Tova Handelman (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss options.
Applicants must submit a pre-proposal by 5:00 PM PST on Friday, November 30, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. Attendance at this informational webinar is encouraged, but not required. A recording of this webinar and a Frequently Asked Questions document will be posted on the Once-Through Cooling Interim Mitigation Program webpage.
By submitting the form below, you are registering for the webinar on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 10:00-11:00AM.
Please visit the Once-Through Cooling Interim Mitigation Program webpage for more information and to download the Grant Proposal Solicitation. (http://www.opc.ca.gov/once-through-cooling-interim-mitigation-program/)