About the BRRIT
The BRRIT is a team of dedicated, funded staff from the six state and federal regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over wetlands restoration projects in San Francisco Bay:
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
- NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries)
- San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW)
- San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).
Additionally, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing staff to support the BRRIT.
The purpose of the BRRIT is to improve the permitting process for multi-benefit wetland restoration projects and associated flood management and public access infrastructure in San Francisco Bay by dedicating agency representatives to review project information and prepare permit applications for consideration as a team in the most efficient manner.
For additional information about the work of the BRRIT, the pre-application process, and the performance measures that will be used to evaluate the BRRIT will be evaluated on, see the attached document.
In addition to the BRRIT, the state and federal regulatory agencies have formed a Policy and Management Team, made up of agency managers, to coordinate with the BRRIT as necessary to resolve policy issues and provide direction for any elevated project decisions.
Submitting Projects to the BRRIT
We are currently soliciting for additional projects to utilize the BRRIT permitting process during the first half of calendar year 2020. Please do not submit projects that do not need BRRIT services during the first half of 2020. Email solicitations will occur in the future on a regular basis to continue to solicit new projects.
Eligible projects must be ready for pre-application technical assistance or permit application review by the BRRIT between January and June of 2020. Pre-application technical assistance could range from an initial stand-alone meeting with the BRRIT to seek feedback on an initial project idea to the two-step pre-application process described in this document. Projects ready for permit application review should have already conducted pre-application technical assistance with regulatory agencies and addressed any significant issues that would prevent permit approval. The priority project list will be updated on a regular basis.
Projects listed in EcoAtlas as “San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (Eligible)” may be submitted to be considered for inclusion on the priority project list for BRRIT review by emailing BRRIT@sfbayrestore.org by December 6, 2019.
Please email the name of your project as it appears in EcoAtlas and the general schedule for pre-application technical assistance and/or permit application review by the BRRIT. Projects must be submitted by the primary project proponent(s). If your project is not yet in EcoAtlas, please use the Project Tracker tool to add it by December 6 and Authority staff will determine eligibility for San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority funds.
You do not need to resubmit if your project is already on the BRRIT priority project list, but feel free to email BRRIT@sfbayrestore.org in order to confirm that your project is on the list.
Authority staff develop the priority project list in coordination with the BRRIT agencies, taking into account the workload capacity of the BRRIT. Authority staff may contact you for additional project information to aid in development of the priority project list. We encourage you to take advantage of BRRIT to help advance multi-benefit restoration projects in San Francisco Bay. Please email BRRIT@sfbayrestore.org if there are any questions.
A recording of the May 28, 2019 webinar about how to submit projects to the BRRIT can be found here: https://youtu.be/UBcWVP9qQfM
The BRRIT is funded by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, State Coastal Conservancy, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Bay Area Toll Authority, and East Bay Regional Park District. The state and federal regulatory agencies are providing additional in-kind resources, including management participation in the Policy and Management Team and office space.