Environmental Law Society Symposium 2016 pt.4 -- Panel 3: Managing Water Quality for an Acidifying Ocean

Panel 3: Managing Water Quality for an Acidifying Ocean With increasing acidity of the ocean resulting from the ocean absorbing increased carbon from the atmosphere, ocean acidification has rapidly emerged as a significant problem for individual organisms, coastal ecosystems, and the human communities that rely on these resources. This panel will discuss the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel's recent findings concerning local and regional opportunities and solutions to address ocean acidification and hypoxic events, legal opportunities to improve state water quality criteria under section 303 of the Clean Water Act, the implications of the 2015 United States District Court decision Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. EPA on pH monitoring requirements, and the current monitoring practices and capabilities to address this difficult water quality issue. Panelists: Dr. John Largier, UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory & West Coast Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel Emily Jeffers, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity Arie Bickel, Program Manager, Central and Northern CA Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) Jennifer Phillips, Program Manager, CA Ocean Protection Council Moderator: Kaitlyn Kalua, UC Davis School of Law (‘16)