San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Bulletin, January 2014

SAN FRANCISCO BAY JOINT VENTURE – BULLETIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

BIG thanks to

Richard Seagraves

and

 Inspiration Campaign

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

 

 

 

January 3, 2014  

 

SPOTLIGHTS

 

2013 – ACQUISITION OF THE YEAR! 

On December 13, 2013 a large puzzle piece in the patchwork of North Bay marsh restoration sites fell into place with the acquisition of Haire Ranch – a long-time hay farm at the northern end of Skaggs Island.

Sonoma Land Trust closed on the deal and immediately transferred the 1,100 acre property to the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service expanding the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge to over 20,000 acres. 
It is the biggest acquisition for tidal restoration
in several years.  The story was well covered by the
press and we have several links in our media section below and on our website

 

NEW YEARNEW 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 us, we’ve streamlined content and improved navigation.  Please take a look and check it out!  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. 

 

 TIME TO START APPLYING FOR THAT NAWCA GRANT 

The NAWCA 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 upland habitats.

Those interested in submitting an application should contact Beth Huning well in advance of the submission deadline for input on ways to make your application competitive on the national level.  Grant applications are usually due the first Friday in March, though at the time of this Bulletin publication, the specific deadline had not yet been posted on their website.  New applicants need to sign up at least three weeks before submission date.  More information can be found here.

 

 

 

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.

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

 

 

GENERAL NEWS

 

Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) announces newly updated website!   

 

Climate Change Indicators Released for North-Central California Coast and Ocean

 

Registration is Open for 2014 NBWA Conference  

New report on Reducing Climate Risks with Natural Infrastructure 

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!     

  

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    

 

 

 

COURSES, EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

 

 

JANUARY 2014 

January 08 –  Contra Costa Watershed Forum – meeting

January 10 –  Revitalizing Contra Costa County’s Northern Waterfront

January 11 – Tour of the Antioch Dunes NWR and Book Signing 
January 14 –  Webinar – The Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey
January 15 – Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee Meeting 

January 17 –  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems;


FEBRUARY and BEYOND 

February 04 –  Communicating Climate Change to Diverse Audiences

February 06 – Communicating Coastal Climate Impacts to Diverse Audiences 

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 4 & 6 – Climate Engagement Strategies and Problem Solving  

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

By Jan 10, 2014: Switzer Environmental Fellowship
By Jan 17, 2014: Common Murre Restoration Project Wildlife Technicians,  The Common Murre Restoration Project Central California
By Jan 31, 2014: Consultant Opportunities – Request for Proposals, Commission for Environmental Cooperation

 

OPEN UNTIL FILLED   

Part-time Watershed Outreach Program Assistant, Alameda Country Resource Conservation District  

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

 

 

 

San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

735 B Center Blvd. Fairfax, CA 94930

415-259-0334

 Beth Huning, Coordinator | Sandra Scoggin, Assistant Coordinator  
 Caroline Warner, Public Outreach Coordinator