Ocean Protection Council visits the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation
On Wednesday May 4, 2016, the Tribal Council hosted seven representatives from the State of California to share the vision and stewardship goals of the Tribe. In January of 2016, the Tribe applied for Proposition 1 funding through the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) seeking funds to improve storm water runoff in an effort to improve the quality of water entering into the Ocean. The Tribal Council has taken an approach of good governance, combining the efforts of ocean stewardship and responsible land management. The Tribe was selected as a final candidate and the site visit gave the Tribe the opportunity to present a case to the State on the Tribal need for storm water improvements on Tribal lands.
OPC was allocated $30 million total from the Prop 1 initiative, of which in Round 1 of funding, they are awarding $9.3 million this year alone.
The OPC grant review team included: Deborah Halberstadt, Executive Director, Ocean Protection Council/Deputy Secretary for Oceans and Coastal Policy, California Natural Resources Agency; Cyndi Dawson, Marine Protected Areas Policy Advisor, Ocean Protection Council; Jennifer Phillips, Program Manager, Ocean Protection Council; Holly Wyer, Project Manager, Ocean Protection Council; Daron Pedroja (State Waterboard); Tamara Doan (Coastal Commission) and Ted Fink (Dept. of Water Resources). The OPC grant review team visited four sites total on the north coast, leading to a competitive elimination process.
The Tribe’s hosts and presenters included: Loren Me’-lash-ne Bommelyn, Tribal Chair; Denise Richards-Padgette, Vice Chair; Scott Sullivan, Secretary; and Marvin Richards Sr., Tribal Council; Briannon Fraley, Interim Chief Executive Officer/Chief Governance Officer; Brad Cass, Natural Resources Director; Pyuwa Bommelyn, Culture Director; Tim Hoone, Grants & Contracts Manager; Nita Rolfe, Transportation Coordinator; Virginia Young, Operations Manager; Tribal Consultants Josh Wolf and Rebecca Crow of GHD Engineering and Randy Hooper of the Del Norte County Community Development Department. The Tribe sent messages of commitment to good stewardship while asserting that the goal of a healthy ocean is shared vision by both the State and the Tribe. The Tribe will be notified of the status of the award in the coming months.
Submitted by the Executive Office