CHARTER FOR DIVERIZATION

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

In order for ships to be safe to dive and more accessible they need to be opened up, hazards removed and access holes created. A standard for diverization will assist with the sink plans as holes cut for diver access can and should be used to maintain the proper plan for sinking.


CHARTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

This task is a most important one for the issuance of the needed permits to sink a ship. The Environmental Impact Reports will be key to getting Coastal Commission approval and is, of course, one of the legal requirements that must be met for each and every ship. For this reason a standardized report will make completion easier and uniform. As we go through the process of sinking ships off the California coast, the regulatory agencies will come to know exactly what to expect as each report mirrors those that have gone before. With that said this committee must remain flexible through the first few reports to allow for necessary changes based upon any criticisms or perceived omissions by any stakeholder.


CHARTER FOR GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS-FEDERAL FUNDING

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

The funding for STRI is a composite of three sources - Federal, State and Local (to the sink site). This committee will focus on the federal portion of funding. This committee will define and pursue the process for federal funding for ship processing. The process will include issues such as towing, cleaning, diverization, sinking and studies.


CHARTER FOR GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS-FEDERAL PERMITTING

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

This committee will define and pursue the process for federal permitting of STRI ships. Where possible, this committee will try to consolidate permits and anticipate permitting needs across all ships.


CHARTER FOR GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS-LOCAL FUNDING

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

The funding for Ships to Reefs can be a composite of three sources - Federal, State and Local (to the sink site). This committee will focus on the local portion of funding. This committee will define and pursue the process for local funding for ship processing. The process will include issues such as towing, cleaning, diverization, sinking and studies.


CHARTER FOR GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS-LOCAL PERMITTING

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Each sink site locale will have this committee to define and pursue the process for local permitting of STRI ships. Where possible, this committee will try to consolidate permits and anticipate permitting needs across all ships within its locale.


CHARTER FOR GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS-STATE FUNDING

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

The funding for Ships to Reefs can be a composite of three sources - Federal, State and Local (to the sink site). This committee will focus on the local portion of funding. This committee will define and pursue the process for local funding for ship processing. The process will include issues such as towing, cleaning, diverization, sinking and studies.


CHARTER FOR GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS-STATE PERMITTING

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

This committee will define and pursue the process for state permitting of Ships to Reefs ships. Where possible, this committee will try to consolidate permits and anticipate permitting needs across all ships.


CHARTER FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

STRI wants to be THE place/people to go to for artificial reefing information. We also want to work closely with our counterparts in other countries to ensure that artificial reefing is highly visible, through sharing of information and promotion of joint activities to ensure the best information is available.


CHARTER FOR LEGAL

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Every aspect of this project will have its legal pitfalls and we need someone with expertise in every area to advise and represent us as needed. We need to have the team in place early on so no legal issues are overlooked and potential problems prepared for in advance. Even if we can develop boilerplate language for most issues, there will be issues unique to each vessel or sink site to be addressed. This will be especially true in Sanctuary areas.


CHARTER FOR MESSAGE DEVELOPMENT

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

In order for the public to understand what it is we are attempting to do, we must have a clear message that can be understood by anyone, especially non-divers. The message is the first impression our audience has about us and the project. The message must provide the place to go to get the answers to people?s questions before they even think of them.


CHARTER FOR NON-SHIP ARTIFICIAL REEF MATERIALS

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

In order to provide an ecologically diverse habitat to encourage the most fish life, the habitat should mimic real life and also provide for more interesting dives. The ships would provide the Pinnacle structure which provides habitat for certain fish and plant life. The addition of lower materials to create bottom habitat will encourage other types of creatures and also can allow for kelp growth. This should provide for a more ecologically balanced man-made reef system.


CHARTER FOR PROJECT REPRESENTATIVES

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

In order for STRI to become public policy at all levels, it will require both understanding and support from all government entities, at all levels. The Political Communication Committee's mission is to facilitate that understanding and support.


CHARTER FOR POST-REEFING SCIENCE

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

This committee is primarily interested in the long-term science for STRI as well as at each sink site, including monitoring life before and after a sinking, monitoring any pollutants. These types of studies have never been done on previously reefed vessels. It is important to document populations of the various species, growth rates, leaching of any heavy metals, etc.


CHARTER FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

There will be many instances when a presenter will need to leave behind some information about STRI and the project. It is imperative that we have people knowledgeable about the project, in its entirety, able to speak to the press at a moment?s notice, and since the press prefers talking with people in their own backyard, we must have regional PIOs. We want to keep STRI and the project in the public?s eye on a regular basis, so press releases and articles will be needed to accomplish this. The best way to get worldwide knowledge of STRI and the project, and the ships moving thru the pipeline, is thru the video documentary process. Every vessel that has been reefed in recent years has been fully documented for TV and DVDs.


CHARTER FOR RESEARCH

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

STRI personnel/volunteers must have, at their fingertips, any and all information on artificial reefing. It is imperative this information be easily accessible, either in hard copy or electronically. Our message and PR materials need to be kept current at all times. We need to know more than anyone else does about STRI, all around the world. STRI can only be the "gold" standard if it has all the answers available.


CHARTER FOR SHIP FUNDRAISING

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

No money no ships to sink.


CHARTER FOR SHIP PREPARATION

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

All vessels must be cleaned at least to the EPA Best Management Practices for Artificial Reefing. This committee will develop and utilize a standardized protocol for all vessels statewide.


CHARTER FOR SHIP SINKING

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

STRI wants to place each vessel upright and correctly oriented on the site where spotted. STRI does not want to harm any marine mammals that may be nearby or any marine life that may be transiting the sink site. The sinking cannot happen unless all the permits for the event are in place.


CHARTER FOR SHIPS

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Each sink site will require ships specifically chosen for that site. Each ship has different characteristics and these must be understood to fully develop the preparation criteria. Shipyards must be capable of handling the ships selected for sinking and interested in performing the work assigned.


CHARTER FOR SHIPYARDS

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

It is critical to have an understanding of what the various shipyards in California can and/or will do, and identify which shipyards can be utilized for the project. Some are not interested in doing the type of work required to reef vessels. Some do not have the proper facilities to do the work.


CHARTER FOR SINK SITES

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

This committee would assist the local sink groups in determining sink locations by providing a statewide standardized format for determination and mapping of the site.


CHARTER FOR SINKING EVENTS

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

STRI wants to place each vessel upright and on the site where spotted. STRI does not want to harm any marine mammals that may be nearby. The sinking cannot happen unless all the permits for the event are in place. Alumni groups support reefing of their vessels and need a way to say "good-bye", general public and VIP attendance is good PR, as is a good documentary concluding with the sinking of the vessel.


CHARTER FOR SPEAKERS BUREAU

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

STRI must have a team of speakers in the field making presentations to anyone and everyone who will listen, particularly potential opponents. We need to be certain that the message being provided is the same statewide and is never allowed to become outdated. For many in any audience, this will be their first exposure to STRI and the project so it is imperative we put our "best foot forward", and that the message is consistent and current.


CHARTER FOR TECHNICAL LIBRARY

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

STRI personnel/volunteers must have, at their fingertips, any and all information on artificial reefing. It is imperative this information be easily accessible, either in hard copy or electronically. Our message and PR materials need to be kept current at all times. We need to know more than anyone else does about STRI, all around the world. STRI can only be the "gold" standard if it has all the answers available.


CHARTER FOR VETERANS

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

To bring STRI to fruition, it will take all the political influence available. Our nation holds veterans in high regard. They will support the construction of memorials of many types. The crews do not want to see their ships scrapped. Veterans are perhaps our most powerful allies in this effort.


CHARTER FOR WEB SITE

WHY IS THIS MISSION NEEDED OR WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

STRI is positioning itself to be THE place/people to go to for STRI information. In the fast-paced world of the internet, having all this information readily available at one site, is the best way to ensure anyone who wants to know about us, or STRI in general, comes to us. We will be THE place to go. In addition, our personnel/volunteers need easy access to research materials, membership info, etc., so rather than go to the originators of this info, they use the "back door" page to retrieve this info expeditiously.