As 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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.