California Coastal Ecosystems Protection Act

California Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law the Coastal Ecosystems Protection Act (SB 497). This legislation requires the State Lands Commission (SLC) to adopt, by 1 January 2008, regulations that require an owner or operator of a vessel carrying, or capable of carrying, ballast water that operates in state waters to implement certain performance standards for the discharge of ballast water.

 

This legislation largely codifies the Performance Standards recommended by the SLC in January, which include a goal of zero detectable marine organisms in discharged ballast water by 2020. The SLC acknowledges that there is no current technology that can achieve this goal.

Source: Holland and Knight

 

Contact: Joe Angelo