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The five jurisdictions of the Pacific Coast Collaborative share nearly 60,000 miles of coastline composed of densely populated urban centers, smaller communities and pristine wilderness. Protecting and enhancing a healthy and vibrant Pacific Ocean and coastal ecosystem is crucial to our sustained economic and environmental well-being, public health, and standard of living on the coast -- the Pacific Ocean is truly the lifeblood of the region!

Following on and supporting the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (Action Plan,  July 2008); the British Columbia - Washington Memorandum of Understanding on Coastal Climate Change Adaptation (June 2008) and the Washington - British Columbia Coastal and Ocean Task Force (June 2007), the Pacific Coast Collaborative is committed to leading the world in sustainable environmental management. 


Regional Best Practices

  • As part of the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health, California, Oregon and Washington, and federal partners are working together, along with academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and members and staff from many West Coast tribal governments on 26 bold actions to help combat polluted runoff and reduce marine garbage, prepare for and adapt to the effects of climate change, advocate for stricter ocean going vessel emission standards, prevent the introduction of invasive species, explore the feasibility of offshore alternative ocean energy development, improve ocean research and access to regional scientific data and information, increase ocean education and prevent and respond to offshore oil spills, and increase sustainability of coastal communities, among others.
  • In March 2009, a Coastal Experts Workshop brought together Washington and B.C. government policy advisors, local governments, engineers and planners to discuss the latest science and next steps for research and policy related to sea level change.  The initiation of a Coastal Experts Community of Practice was a key outcome of the event.
  • British Columbia supports NEPTUNE Canada, the world's largest cabled seafloor observatory off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The network will gather live data from a rich constellation of instruments deployed in a broad spectrum of undersea environments. Data will be transmitted via high-speed fibre optic communications from the seafloor to an innovative data archival system at the University of Victoria.  Click here to see NEPTUNE footage of life on the ocean floor.
  • On November 14, 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued Executive Order (EO) S-13-08 to enhance the state's management of climate impacts from sea level rise, increased temperatures, shifting precipitation and extreme weather events.
  • The California Ocean Protection Council was established by the California Ocean Protection Act that Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law in 2004. The Act directs the Ocean Protection Council to work with federal, state and local agencies to better manage California's ocean resources.
  • California's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) directs the state to reevaluate and redesign California's system of marine protected areas (MPAs) to: increase coherence and effectiveness in protecting the state's marine life and habitats, marine ecosystem, and marine natural heritage, as well as to improve recreational, educational and study opportunities provided by marine ecosystems subject to minimal human disturbance.
  • The State of Oregon is in the process of establishing a system of marine reserves along the coast and planning for the siting of marine renewable energy as part of its ocean planning and management activities that will affect the future of our ocean ecosystem and economy.  With a recommendation from Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council and action by the legislature, the state established two pilot reserves and is evaluating four other sites.
  • In Washington State, the Puget Sound Partnership is working to restore a healthy Puget Sound by 2020. They engage elected and public officials, tribal and business leaders, scientists, environmentalists and, most importantly - the public – to work collaboratively to implement and revise the Action Agenda for Puget Sound.  Video
  • On Washington’s Coast, the state fosters coordination and communication on ocean policy and management across agencies, with tribes, and with stakeholders through a variety of mechanisms to implement Washington’s Ocean Action Plan. The state is also taking initial steps to prepare for future implementation of a state law on marine spatial planning.


 News From the Region

March 12, 2015: Governor Kate Brown Signs Oregon Clean Fuels Legislation
SALEM,OR—Governor Kate Brown statement on the signing of Clean Fuels legislation:

December 17, 2014: Inslee announces slate of proposals to curb pollution, transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy
SEATTLE – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a set of proposals to transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy and meet carbon pollution limits adopted by the state Legislature in 2008. The proposals build on a comprehensive executive order issued by the governor in April.

December 17, 2014: Premier Clark's statement on Washington's initiative to address climate change
VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement in response to proposals announced by Washington State to address climate change: “I would like to congratulate Washington Governor Jay Inslee for his bold, progressive proposals to tackle climate change

November 19, 2014: A YEAR LATER: BRITISH COLUMBIA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON & WASHINGTON MAKING PROGRESS ON COMMITMENTS: Regional Partnership Reveals a Way Forward as World Prepares for Lima Climate Talks
The Pacific Coast Collaborative released a progress report today highlighting achievements in the first year of the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, last year’s regional multilateral agreement integrating climate change and energy strategies for 53 million people on the West Coast.

UNITED NATIONS – The leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington, as part of the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, agreed last year to work together to advance national and international policy on climate change. As world leaders gather in New York for the UN Secretary-General's Climate Leadership Summit, Pacific Coast leaders delivered these statements of support for bold, decisive action:

June 30, 2014: British Columbia achieves greenhouse gas reduction goal
VICTORIA – British Columbia has reached its first greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 6% below 2007 levels by 2012 as set out in the Province’s Climate Action Plan.

The leaders of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia today applauded the Obama Administration’s newly released proposal for reducing carbon pollution as a welcome sign that the federal government is stepping up as a partner in the fight against climate change. The three West Coast governors and the Premier of British Columbia, representing the Pacific Coast Collaborative, said the proposal would achieve meaningful greenhouse gas reductions from existing power plants, the nation’s largest source of heat-trapping emissions.

April 30, 2014 - B.C. congratulates Washington State for climate action
VICTORIA – “British Columbia congratulates Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for his April 29, 2014, executive order