San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority

Project List Update

San Francisco BayAs you may know, the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority was recently funded with the passage of Measure AA in June 2016. Measure AA is a $12 per parcel tax in the nine-county Bay Area, which will generate approximately $25 million annually for 20 years.

In anticipation of an upcoming release of a Request for Proposals later this year, we are reaching out now to seek your input on a list of previously compiled projects that may potentially be eligible for Authority funding. In addition to updating the current list with updated project description information, and new projects, we are also seeking two pieces of additional information (see below highlighted section).

We are working closely with the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, as we know they are currently updating their project list as well, and are working on a strategy to streamline this process for future solicitations. We apologize for any of you who are having to spend time responding to both requests, and will ensure this is a smoother process in the future.

Current project list: http://www.sfbayrestore.org/docs/Projects.pdf

Current project map: http://www.sfbayrestore.org/docs/Map.pdf

PROJECT LIST

To help guide the future work of the Authority and assist in outreach efforts about the work that could be supported with Authority funding, a project list was developed, last updated in October of 2015.

Please review the project list and respond to me via email by March 10 at Kelly.malinowski@scc.ca.gov, with the below information as applicable:

Your suggested changes will be considered within the context of eligibility for Authority funding per the enabling legislation and draft ballot measure language (see excerpt below), and the revised list will be presented to the Authority at its April 14 meeting. Please contact Kelly Malinowski if there are any questions and we look forward to hearing from you.

PROGRAM AREAS IN DRAFT BALLOT MEASURE:

Under this Measure, the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (the “Authority”) may undertake projects along the Bay shorelines within the Authority's jurisdiction, which includes the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma and the City and County of San Francisco (the "San Francisco Bay Area"). The shorelines include the shorelines of San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, Carquinez Strait, Suisun Bay, and most of the Northern Contra Costa County Shoreline to the edge of the Delta Primary Zone (the "Bay"). The Measure shall support the following programs:

1. Safe, Clean Water and Pollution Prevention Program

The purpose of this Program is to remove pollution, trash and harmful toxins from the Bay in order to provide clean water for fish, birds, wildlife, and people.

  1. Improve water quality by reducing pollution and engaging in restoration activities, protecting public health and making fish and wildlife healthier.
  2. Reduce pollution levels through shoreline cleanup and trash removal from the Bay.
  3. Restore wetlands that provide natural filters and remove pollution from the Bay's water.
  4. Clean and enhance creek outlets where they flow into the Bay.

2. Vital Fish, Bird and Wildlife Habitat Program

The purpose of this Program is to significantly improve wildlife habitat that will support and increase vital populations of fish, birds, and other wildlife in and around the Bay.

  1. Enhance the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, shoreline parks and open space preserves, and other protected lands in and around the Bay, providing expanded and improved habitat for fish, birds and mammals.
  2. Protect and restore wetlands and other Bay and shoreline habitats to benefit wildlife, including shorebirds, waterfowl and fish.
  3. Provide for stewardship, maintenance and monitoring of habitat restoration projects in and around the Bay, to ensure their ongoing benefits to wildlife and people.

3. Integrated Flood Protection Program

The purpose of this Program is to use natural habitats to protect communities along the Bay's shoreline from the risks of severe coastal flooding caused by storms and high water levels.

  1. Provide nature-based flood protection through wetland and habitat restoration along the Bay's edge and at creek outlets that
  2. flow to the Bay.
  3. Build and/or improve flood protection levees that are a necessary part of wetland restoration activities, to protect existing shoreline communities, agriculture, and infrastructure.

4. Shoreline Public Access Program

The purpose of this Program is to enhance the quality of life of Bay Area residents, including those with disabilities, through s afer and improved public access, as part of and compatible with wildlife habitat restoration projects in and around the Bay.

  1. Construct new, repair existing and/or replace deteriorating public access trails, signs, and related facilities along the shoreline and manage these public access facilities.
  2. Provide interpretive materials and special outreach events about pollution prevention, wildlife habitat, public access, and flood protection, to protect the Bay's health and encourage community engagement.