CSMW initiated their Sediment Master Plan (SMP) efforts in 2004 by conducting a series of public workshops and meetings with local, county and regional government agencies throughout the coastal portions of the state. The public workshops were an opportunity to share the project plan and goals with the public, gather information on local sedimentation and shoreline erosion problems, identify local sediment management-related activities, and identify coordination and data sharing opportunities with local government and groups such as watershed councils.
The Workshop Coordinator (SANDAG) planned and facilitated eight workshops between February and June, 2004, held at the locations identified in this “Schedule”. General information for all workshops included an “Overview” of the sediment management problem faced by coastal California and what the CSMW hoped to accomplish via the Sediment Master Plan, and a “Public Questionnaire”, which requested information about perceived problems and solutions/opportunities as well as available sediment management data and information types. Comments received at each of the Public workshops have been compiled, and recommendations incorporated as appropriate into the Sediment Master Plan process.
Outreach efforts are also an integral part of each Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan (Coastal RSM Plan ) developed for specific portions of the California coastline. Division of the California coastline into segments for planning purposes was a major outcome of the public outreach efforts described above. CSMW has or is developing a working relationship with a regional partner for each coastline portion. The regional partner is responsible for developing a Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) (typically interested or affected agencies) as well as a public outreach program to ensure the Plan addresses local issues of concern. The regional partner is also tasked with development of a governance structure for the Plan, thereby maintaining a focus on Plan implementation throughout Plan development. Each Coastal RSM Plan completed to date (June 2013) and those with significant progress have information posted to this website, linked to from the Coastal RSM Plan page.
Additional outreach efforts have occurred during development of other products meant to address specific issues associated with sediment management activities. For example, several SAG-type meetings were held during the development of Resource Protection Guidelines, a followup to CSMWs analysis of various sediment management impacts on sensitive biota and habitat (“Draft Biological Impacts Analysis”- available on the Library page.
A Public Outreach Contact List has been compiled from the initial workshops and subsequent efforts as a means to keep interested parties apprised of significant SMP and Coastal RSM Plan developments. This list is periodically updated to include contact information from the various Coastal RSM Plans as they are developed. Please check back periodically for updates!