December Bulletin from the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

  

San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Bulletin

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BIG thanks to

Richard Seagraves

and

 Inspiration Campaign

for all the great photos taken at this year’s State of the Estuary conference!

 

 

 

December 10, 2013 

 

 

SPOTLIGHTS

 

 CHECK OUT OUR NEW & IMPROVED WEBSITE!

After more than a decade we’ve

given our website a new look! 

Still providing all the support and services you have come to rely on from the SFBJV, we’ve streamlined content and improved navigation.  We want our website to be a valued resource by you!   Please visit and check it out!

Of the many features, our most visited page is our funding database.  Other favorites include our regional events calendar, wetland news, job opportunities and our active projects map … soon to be interactive.  A new feature can be found under resources where we showcase important support tools for our conservation community that have been recently released by SFBJV partners or will be coming soon.   You’ll also find info on our working committees as well as a variety of links.  If you want your wetland restoration project to be featured, or have any feedback or content you’d like us to include, please contact Caroline Warner

  

 

In case you were wondering … 

Here’s the winner from Inspiration Campaign’s contest that took place at this year’s State of the Estuary Conference.  With 5 Bay-inspired messages voted on by over 200 people, the winner, with 63 votes will be coming soon to a billboard near you, (in the East Bay).  Stay tuned to find out when and where!  Beautiful, huh?! 

 

You are invited to a discussion about the development  

of a California Wetland GHG Methodology  

Wednesday – December 11, 2013

A diverse partnership of agencies, NGO’s and consultants have recently embarked on the development of a wetland greenhouse gas (GHG) quantification methodology for California that will create an innovative incentive for producers and landowners to financially benefit from reducing emissions.  The group will develop a methodology that will enable access to carbon markets through conservation, restoration and conversion of land to wetlands and rice production.  The partners will submit the resulting methodology to the American Carbon Registry, and to the California Air Resources Board for consideration of adoption into the California cap and trade compliance program.

Your input into the development of this wetlands GHG methodology is welcomed.  The Bay Area meeting will be held WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11 at 1:00 pm at the California Coastal Conservancy, 11th floor conference room, 1330 Broadway, Oakland.  For more info contact Kyle Hemes.

 

 

 

GRANTS – with deadlines

 

Deadline 01-06-14:  Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund

Projects awarded from this Fund must benefit the fish and wildlife resources of the Contra Costa County and must meet the requirements of Section 13103 of the Fish and Game Code.  Applications should be related to: · improving habitat, scientific research  and  as an additional focus for 2014, the Fish and Wildlife Committee seeks to fund high value, low-cost public education projects related to the scientific principles of fish and wildlife conservation.  more

Deadline 01-08-2014:  Watershed Project Community Watershed Stewardship Grant Program
The Community Watershed Stewardship Grants (CWSG) are a one-year grant program benefiting watershed groups, environmental nonprofit organizations and grassroots organizations working in Contra Costa County to prevent water pollution and help restore the health of local watersheds and creeks around the County. The CWSG program encourages and facilitates grassroots community action that enhances and protects the health of local watersheds, creeks, and the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary.
more
 

Deadline 01-16-2014:  NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program  

The NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program provides funds to support environment-based education throughout the watersheds of San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel.

Funded projects provide “meaningful” watershed educational experiences to students, teachers, and communities.  

Up to 800,000 in funding is available. Applicants may request up to 60,000 for programs that support CA B-WET priorities. more 

 

Deadline 01-31-14:  Santa Clara Valley Water District 2013 Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Grant Program
The Grant Program is established to provide funding for research of new and innovative water conservation programs and technologies. The primary goal is to identify water savings devices and strategies that can assist the District in meeting its long-term water savings goal of 98,500 acre-feet per year by 2030.  more

Deadline early MarchNorth American Wetlands Conservation Act Standard Grants

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife. There is a Standard and a Small Grants Program. Both are competitive grants programs and require that requests be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio. Funds from U.S. Federal sources may contribute towards a project, but are not eligible as match.

The Standard Grants Program supports projects in Canada, the United States, and Mexico that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. Partners considering applying should discuss with Beth Huning, SFBJV Coordinator.  more 

 

GRANTS – ongoing

 

California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) 

WCB continues to provide funding for wetland, riparian, oak woodland, and other fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects and land acquisition (easement and fee title) from Propositions 40, 50, and 117. The WCB’s Riparian, Inland Wetlands, and Oak Woodland programs continue, and are continuously open for proposal submission. for inquiries contact  (916) 445-8448.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay  The program’s focus is on the San Mateo and Marin Counties’ outer Coast and is also available to projects in watersheds draining into San Francisco Bay. The mission of the Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay is to conserve coastal ecosystems by engaging external partners and other Service programs in activities that restore, enhance and protect fish and wildlife habitats and habitat forming processes. Funding Available: about $100,000 to $200,000 annually. There is no rigid application format or deadline to apply. However, our money is available on a Federal fiscal year basis (October 1 to September 30), and we encourage you to contact us as early as possible so that we can explore potential partnership opportunities for your project. We would like to hear from you starting in January each year, cooperative agreements for each year are generally finalized by June.   more… 

 

MEDIA NEWS

 

Marin gets state cash to look at sea-level rise – Marin IJ, December 3, 2013

San Francisco Bay: Feds release 50-year, $1.2 billion plan to restore wetlands and wildlife – San Jose Mercury News, November 14, 2013

Underwater Oyster Reef Comes to Life – Bay City News, November 15, 2013

 

2 million oysters in bay begin restoration effortSan Francisco Chronicle, November 15, 2013

 

San Francisco Bay: Feds release 50-year, $1.2 billion plan to restore wetlands and wildlifeSan Jose Mercury News, November 15, 2013

 

Natural Allies for the Next Sandy

New York Times, October 28, 2013  

 

 

GENERAL NEWS

 

Brown Administration Releases Draft Safeguarding California Plan to Ready State for Impacts of a Changing Climate  

 

Restore Americas Estuaries Submits First Greenhouse Gas Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration to Verified Carbon Standard  

 

New Report Reveals Continuing Coastal Wetlands Losses in U.S.  

 

Sonoma RCD Receives Statewide Award!     

 

Million Dollar Duck – new documentary being filmed about the Federal Duck Stamp Program
 

The 2013 North American Waterfowl Management Plan Annual Awards 

  

Call for proposals: Dedicated Sessions, Presentations and Posters for Restore America’s Estuaries 7th National Summit   

  

South Farallon Islands Invasive House Mouse Eradication Project: Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement now available 

  

State Wildlife Action Plan Scoping Meetings 

  

List of Protected Migratory Bird Species updated by Service 

 

 

 

 

COURSES, EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

 

DECEMBER

December 11 – Invitation to Discuss Development of a California Wetland GHG Methodology

December 11 –  Safeguarding wildlife from climate change web conference series 

December 12 –  Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience 

December 17 – Forum on Science to Support Management of Methylmercury in Restored Tidal Marshes 
December 19 –  SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting

JANUARY 2014 & BEYOND

January 11 – Tour of the Antioch Dunes NWR and Book Signing 
January – Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee Meeting 

January 17 –  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems;

February 7-9 – 18th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival

Through Feb 23 – Above and Below; Stories from our Changing Bay at the Oakland Museum

March 19 – 32nd Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference  

March 28/29 – Biodiversity Festival with National Geographic and National Parks Service    

April 11 –  North Bay Watershed Association Conference 2014

   

 

JOBS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

WITH DEADLINES

Deadline Dec 16, 2013:  Spartina densiflora Eradication Project Coordinator
Deadline Jan 10, 2014: Switzer Environmental Fellowship

 

OPEN UNTIL FILLED   

Stewardship Coordinator,  Solano Land Trust 
Stewardship Director, Solano Land Trust  

Field Steward, Solano Land Trust 

Norman F. Sprague, Jr. Conservation Investments Associate Project Director, The Nature Conservancy 

Development Director, The Watershed Project

Intern, Presidio Trust
Director, Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
Director of Major Gifts, Save the Bay